Mission: Impossible 2

Brian DePalma’s Mission: Impossible had a minimal number of kicks: a skewed-angle view of a staircase that looked like an M.C. Escher drawing, a sexy supporting performance by Vanessa Redgrave, and an energizing use of Lalo Schifrin’s TV theme  ...

Me, Myself, & Irene

Bobby and Peter Farrelly (There's Something About Mary, Kingpin) are responsible for some of the most appallingly tasteless - and hilarious - sight gags ever committed to celluloid. There's no body function too private, no excretion too taboo for  ...

The Mummy Returns

The title says it all: the mummy returns, bringing with him the Curse of the Summer Movie Sequel. Those who enjoyed 1999's The Mummy are unlikely to be disappointed, as this return engagement by the ancient Egyptian Imhotep plays  ...

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  ...

Ran

Akira Kurosawa was a prolific director, creating 31 films over a half century. Whether working on an intimate scale (Ikiru, 1952) or in epic mode (The Seven Samurai, 1954), he was profound in his observations, skilled at storytelling, and  ...

Rififi (Du Rififi Chez les Hommes)

“I liked you, Macaroni,” the gangster tells a comrade who’s made a fatal slip-up in Rififi, “but you know the rules.” Indeed, every moviegoer in the world understands the rules in Jules Dassin’s 1955 crime classic. But Rififi (the  ...

La Separation

Early in La Separation, our hero and heroine are at the movies together. There is a long tradition of movie directors making reference to other films and, when they do, students, attention should be paid. In  ...

Steam

Hamam is an engaging film, telling a solid story and developing interesting characters. This is a film that, as my viewing companion offered in praise, doesn't announce its themes with fanfare, but, rather, leaves it to the viewer  ...

Trans

California Poppy 25X Resin Extract California Poppy has the reputation of being a non-addictive alternative to the opium poppy, though it is less powerful. California poppy is a traditional mild, relaxing smoke – but not that mild –  ...

Under California: The Limit of Time

Suggested reading: Almost an Island: Travels in Baja California (1998), Bruce Berger Into a Desert Place: A 3000 Mile Walk Around the Coast of Baja California (1995), Graham Mackintosh The Forgotten Peninsula: A Naturalist in Baja California  ...