Holy Smoke

Jane Campion is an exasperating filmmaker. She makes compelling - if uneven - films in a style so affected that it takes real effort to wade through her pretensions. Her best-known film, The Piano, all but drowns in portentous  ...

Kikujiro

Takeshi Kitano’s Kikujiro tries on the buddy-movie formula and finds it wanting. A superbly photographed picture, it abandons traditional character development two-thirds of the way through, and turns into a free-form medley of sight gags that kid and prod  ...

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost is sort of an Elizabethan take on the difficulties of sublimation in the under thirty set. The young King of Navarre, along with three equally young lords, sign a pact to concentrate on their studies  ...

My Dog Skip

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Time is a benevolent filter, it cushions our memories. A World War II veteran can calmly explain how he picked up a live grenade in 1944 and threw  ...

Pleasantville

When CV sees a movie like Pleasantville, we get a little worried about slipping into a double standard, on the one hand, and preaching condescendingly, on the other. We don't want to do either, but movies like this  ...

Romance

Embellished Organza Dress Set by P.I. Sport N.Y. Catherine Breillat’s Romance opens in mid conversation: Marie (Caroline Ducey) is reacting to the news that her boyfriend Paul (Sagamore Stevenin) no longer wants  ...

Slamdance Festival 2000

... Slamdance - Festival 2000 . a culturevulture.net special report by Scott Von Doviak It begins at the Salt Lake City airport. That's when the cell phones come out in force, magically sprouting from the  ...

Sunshine

"Sunshine" is the translation of a markedly Jewish family name, Sonnenschein, and it is also the name of the elixir ("A Taste of Sunshine") which makes this fictional family's fortune in late nineteenth century Hungary. Academy Award winning Hungarian  ...

Train of Life

Train of Life, dealing with a Jewish village's attempts to survive in the face of looming Nazi extermination, is more than another Life is Beautiful. The two films do share one common bond: humor, the idea that only a  ...

The Way of the Gun

The fact that American cinema hasn’t quite hit rock-bottom doesn’t stop our directors from trying to get there, and the latest diving bell is Christopher McQuarrie’s directorial debut The Way of the Gun. A threepenny opera of lurid plot turns,  ...