Boy (Shonen): culturevulture.net -film review

Among Japan’s pantheon of great directors, and there are many, none is more notorious than Nagisa Oshima, not even pretender to the throne Takashi Miike. (That is because Oshima’s shocks almost always feel devout while Miike’s often seem  ...

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Starring: Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou, Sienna Guillory Directed by: Stefan Fangmeier Produced by: John Davis, Wyck Godfrey, Gil Netter MPAA Rating: PG for fantasy violence, intense battle sequences  ...

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Inland Empire David Lynch is one of those directors whose films are instantly recognizable as his, and whose style has had such an effect on pop culture that it's garnered its own adjective, Lynchian. Inland Empire  ...

The Queen

Despite an extraordinary and nuanced performance by Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, this film could have been titled “Diana” or at least “Diana vs. the Queen.” Set in the week of Princess Diana’s sudden death in 1997, this docudrama  ...

The Circle

As the main titles run on a plain black screen, the soundtrack of The Circle blares the anguished screams of a woman in labor. It's the only voiced scream that is heard in this moving and bitterly bleak film  ...

Desert Blue

You can try to find Baxter, California, in your road atlas, but you’ll come up short if you do. Baxter is the fictional setting of some oddly moving events in Desert Blue, the new film from writer-director Morgan  ...

Double Jeopardy

It wouldn't be fair to say that the trailers and TV ads for the staggeringly preposterous new thriller Double Jeopardy give away every surprise in the film. After all, that would imply that there actually are some surprises to  ...

Gladiator

the official illustrated companion book Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a bipolar movie, a spectacle that's against spectacles. It's a sporadically absorbing film with a handful of classy performances, but it has a schoolmarm's chiding temperament;  ...

L’ Humanite

Landscapes of Loss: The National Past in Postwar French Cinema (1999), Naomi Greene L' Humanite opens with a prelude, a long take in black and white of a landscape seen from a distance and  ...

Incubus

Suggested reading: The Amazing, Colossal Book of Horror Trivia: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Scary Movies but Were Afraid to Ask (1999), Jonathan Malcolm Lampley VideoHound's Horror Show: 999 Hair-Raising, Hellish and Humorous Movies (1998), Mike  ...