The Next Best Thing

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com A look at John Schlesinger's filmography reveals a four decade body of work that seems almost schizoid in its  ...

Oscar Come Lately – John Pavlus

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences So, Gladiator--Best Picture of 2000, et cetera et cetera? By now, even the most blinkered of armchair cineastes must be convinced: when it comes to quality, the Academy don't know jack.  ...

The Price of Air

Josh Evans' The Price of Air is the sort of independent film that makes you crave Hollywood: it wears its very ineptitude as a badge of honor. It assumes that we'll be thrilled by its "transgressions," as though meandering  ...

Same Old Song

After sixty years of moviemaking, Alain Resnais remains an innovator. His Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) played with time and place as it explored the intimate relationship between a pair of lovers within the context of the war. Last Year  ...

The Seventh Seal

A knight and his squire return from the Crusades to their native Sweden which is ravaged by the plague. The knight encounters Death, but wins a reprieve by challenging the reaper to a game of chess. Thus Ingmar Bergman  ...

Space Cowboys

On the surface Clint Eastwood’s Space Cowboys looks like a frivolous chemistry experiment: What will happen if four dissimilar icons are squashed into a single motion picture and have to meld their styles together? Working overtime, Eastwood not  ...

The Straight Story

Whoever thought that David Lynch would make the first art-house Disney film? In one of the strangest turns of this strange cinematic year, Lynch has given us The Straight Story, a picture not only released by Walt Disney Pictures,  ...

Titus

Julie Taymor is a designer/director with a primarily theatrical background in which her interests in puppetry, masks, and design have blossomed into stage experiences of visual spectacle. Her breakthrough to mainstream recognition was provided by none other than the  ...

The Upside of Anger

Let's get the griping out of the way first, shall we? Writer/director Mike Binder structures The Upside of Anger as a flashback, in this case a gratuitous and leaden device which adds absolutely nothing to his film. His second  ...

The War Zone

The War Zone is dark, bleak and profoundly painful to watch. How could a film focused honestly on the subject of incestuous parental abuse be otherwise? The War Zone is also one of the most beautifully made films of  ...