Decline of Western Civilization III

Penelope Spheeris changed my life. A suburban doofus who only knew punk rock from records, I took a date to the Sacramento debut of The Decline of Western Civilization in 1981. The film documented the Los Angeles punk scene  ...

Eureka

Punishingly slow, nearly four hours long, and so careful to avoid histrionics that it often approaches tedium, Shinji Aoyama's Eureka is less a movie than a dare. It's also one of the year's most deeply felt and beautiful films,  ...

Girl, Interrupted

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Suggested reading: Stop Walking on Eggshells-Coping When Someone You Care about Has Borderline Personality Disorder (1998), Paul T. Mason, et. al. The Angry  ...

Hilary and Jackie

Hilary and Jackie is based on the book by Hilary du Pre recounting the story of her life and that of her sister, the cellist Jacqueline. As young children the sisters were very close; their emotional bond is described  ...

Joe Dirt

The impending Writers Guild strike has many in Hollywood quaking in their boots. They needn't worry. If Joe Dirt is any indication, the script has become a completely superfluous element of film production. While the movie does boast writing  ...

Love & Sex

Woody Allen has a lot to answer for. His two great romantic comedies - Annie Hall and Manhattan - were so startling in their reinvention of the romantic comedy that they've managed to derail the genre. These are films  ...

Ride the High Country

Sam Peckinpah was 36 years old when he made Ride the High Country, but it feels like the work of a man who’s somewhat farther along in years. That’s not because the film speaks so knowingly about the difficulties of  ...

Simpatico

Most of Sam Shepard’s major themes are present in Simpatico, the new Matthew Warchus film that Warchus and David Nicholls adapted from Shepard’s play. Buried enmities, porous identities, falls from grace, talk of bloodlines, and troubled male bonds are  ...