Hollow Man

If and when we daydream about being miraculously endowed with super-powers, how many of us fantasize about using our new abilities to help our fellow man? The typical Marvel comics superhero receives his power through some terrible accident (usually  ...

Life is Beautiful

CV admits to great trepidation about seeing this movie. We have powerful feelings about the holocaust. A comedy about the holocaust? Sounds like a mistake from the getgo, no? Still, the word of mouth has been very good so  ...

Dancing at Lughnasa

1936, a pivotal year: the worldwide economic depression lingers, the Spanish Civil War draws world attention to intensifying confrontation between political right and left, change is in the air. Though Dancing at Lughnasa uses the voice-over of the only  ...

My Architect: A Son’s Journey

Online references on Louis I. Kahn My Architect: A Son's Journey is a documentary film directed by Nathaniel Kahn, the illegitimate son fathered by architect Louis I. Kahn with the second of two sequential  ...

Rosetta

Rosetta, the new film by the Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, is an undeniably major film. It's also nearly unwatchable. The film's difficulty begins in its subject matter. Like its predecessor, 1996's brilliant La Promesse, it  ...

Sleepy Hollow

Tim Burton's film, Sleepy Hollow, seems based more on the short 1958 Disney cartoon than on the original, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving, a short story from 1819, itself drawn from German folklore. Irving's  ...

The Thirteenth Floor

The Thirteenth Floor is like a failed romance. When we meet we are full of hope. The screenwriter courts us with a unique science fiction premise, the actors work hard to convince us, and the direction and cinematography  ...

Topsy-Turvy

There was a 1953 movie variously called The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan and The Great Gilbert and Sullivan. It had a star-studded cast, but, unfortunately it isn't available on video - unfortunately because it is hard to imagine  ...

Twice Upon a Yesterday

Knit Tank Top Scoop Neckline by P.I.Sport N.Y. Maria Ripoll's Twice Upon a Yesterday plays with time as does another excellent current film, Run, Lola, Run. Lola examines different outcomes of  ...

The Woman Chaser

Charles Willeford was one of the luckiest authors ever to have his novels put onto film: few writers have seen adaptations of their work infested with so many touches of dark, indelible wit. In Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter, it was  ...