Blood Simple

The reissue of Joel Coen’s and Ethan Coen’s 1984 Blood Simple contains a brief tongue-in-cheek prologue in which a tweedy Clifton Fadiman clone puts aside a leather-bound tome long enough to extol the merits of "this exquisite masterpiece." (It’s  ...

Cast Away

When the hero of Robert Zemeckis’ Cast Away returns to civilization after spending four years marooned on a South Pacific island, he’s welcomed back in a homecoming staged by his employers. We glimpse but a second of the ceremony,  ...

The City (La Ciudad)

Suggested reading: A Dream for Gilberto: An Immigrant Family's Struggle to Become American (1999), Billie Young New American Destinies: A Reader in Contemporary Asian and Latino Immigration (1996) Darrell Y. Hamamoto (Editor) Writer-director David Riker,  ...

Deterrence

Grundig FR 200 Emergency Radio Windup AM/FM/Shortwave radio with flashlight - a one-minute wind provides up to one hour play time. Be prepared if power is down and batteries run dead... Buy it at Amazon.com  ...

Down to Earth

Some of Chris Rock's best standup comedy - which is to say, some of the best stand-up comedy, period - stems from his awareness that being a black man gives him license to make outrageous observations that would be  ...

Entrapment

Entrapment, an end-of-the-millenium thriller starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, promises to be a different kind of action movie - one that is character driven instead of plot driven. The only problem with it is that it doesn’t  ...

Guinevere

Guinevere is Audrey Wells' debut in the director's chair. An established screenwriter (The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Inspector Gadget), Wells can be wildly imaginative and original; she also has a knack for snappy dialogue. Some of this skill  ...

Jaws

If mechanical shark effects and John Williams' relentless theme music were all it had going for it, Jaws still might have become the highest grossing movie in history at the time of its release. And it likely would still  ...

The Man Who Knew Too Much

a cd that includes music from the film The 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much has a unique place in the Alfred Hitchcock filmography. It's his only remake, produced 22  ...

On the Ropes

Suggested reading: Championship Streetfighting: Boxing As a Martial Art (1997), Ned Beaumont Champions' Boxing Guide (1997), Edward Whitman Urban Sanctuaries: Neighborhood Organizations in the Lives and Futures of Inner-City Youth (1994), Milbrey W. McLaughlin  ...