Almost Famous

Cameron Crowe is a frustrating filmmaker. Though possessed of enormous gifts, he's yet to make a film that's as good as its best moments. He has elicited deeply felt performances from the most unlikely actors. He can write dialogue  ...

Antwone Fisher

Tis the season of actor-cum-directors, what with George Clooney sheparding Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Nicholas Cage helming Sonny. Not to be outdone, Denzel Washington is behind the lensing of Antwone Fisher. Antwone Fisher, as a  ...

Besieged

The very first frames of Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged display the hand of a master filmmaker at the peak of his powers. The main titles run with footage of an African musician, a virtual one-man-band, singing his rhythmic and emotional  ...

The Cup

... Suggested reading: Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan (1999), Jamie Zeppa So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas (1996), Barbara Crossette At first glance,  ...

Hamlet

Shakespeare's Hamlet is a four hundred year old classic that plumbs emotional depths of human experience with drama and poetry of such enduring and universal appeal that every generation feels called upon to reinvent it. Purists and scholars  ...

Himalaya – l’enfance d’un chef

The very word of the title, Himalaya, evokes both exotic Eastern cultures and landscapes of impossibly high, snow-topped mountains. Both are offered generously in this visually stunning film made by Eric Valli, a Frenchman who has lived in Nepal  ...

Innocence

During the 1980's Paul Cox was one of the players in the Australian film renaissance and he created a series of quirky, character-driven films like Lonely Hearts, Man of Flowers, and My First Wife. All had an idiosyncratic charm  ...

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  ...

L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential (1997) ... 1998 Academy Awards: Best Actress - Kim Basinger Best Screenplay - Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland Buy it at Art.com  ...

Saving Grace

Michael O'Donohue said it best: "If marijuana doesn't cause brain damage, then why do so many teenagers think Cheech and Chong are funny?" Saving Grace is like a British Cheech and Chong movie, with one, endlessly repeated gag:  ...