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  ...

Saving Private Ryan

.. Steven Spielberg can be aggravating. In Schindler’s List, a fine and well wrought film, he nearly blew it by tacking on a superfluous ending. In Saving Private Ryan the same flaw is evident - the lack of editing discipline.  ...

The Third Man

CD: The Third Man Theme and Other Viennese Favorites The Third Man is a wonderful example of the good that can come from talented people working together in real collaboration. Director Carol Reed,  ...

Twin Falls Idaho

Suggested reading: Twins And What They Tell Us About Who We Are (1997), Lawrence Wright Dancing Naked In Front of the Fridge And Other Lessons from Twins (1999), Nancy J. Sipes, Phd.  ...

William Gibson: No Maps for These Territories

Science fiction author William Gibson is best known for 1984's Neuromancer, a novel often credited with jump-starting the cyberpunk genre. Set in a virtual landscape of rapid-fire connections and published long before the World Wide Web extended its tentacles  ...

Casino Royale

It’s a pleasure to write a review of a good film, especially for one that I was prepared to find derivative and tired. But Casino Royale has all the best attributes of a James Bond film without any of the  ...

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FREE online seminar from Rand: Beyond the Internet: Predicting the Future of Computing Technology Spy Game is just that - a spy thriller that, in the tradition of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, deals  ...

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita is a powerful and profound work by the great director Federico Fellini. The film follows a series of events in the life of a journalist (Marcello Mastroianni) which explore his dissatisfaction in his work and  ...