All About My Mother

Rembrandt Dazzling White Tooth Bleaching Value Kit There is nothing like an Almodovar film. Triumphs of excess, they are nothing if not too much: too much color (reds so vibrant they pulsate), too much plot (if it wasn't for the  ...

All the Pretty Horses

There have been few as eagerly (and nervously) awaited adaptations in recent years as that of Cormac McCarthy’s 1992 novel All the Pretty Horses. McCarthy’s tactile, intensely visual prose always seems ready to erupt into cinema inside the mind; the master of the imaginary landscape, his tales are filled  ...

Alice and Martin

Andre Techine's Alice and Martin is Greek tragedy in modern dress. Rather than restage Sophocles as turgid, angst-ridden melodrama (as in Volker Schlondorff's Voyager) or insert a masked chorus into standard issue romantic comedy (like Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite), it instead takes the primal subject matter of these plays  ...

After Life

Afterlife, the new feature by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Maborosi, Without Memory) is set in a kind of halfway house between life on Earth and the mystery of eternity. The film presents a challenge to each character, as well as to all of us in the audience: If  ...

Affliction

.. One of the very best films of 1997 was The Sweet Hereafter, Atom Egoyan's adaptation of the brilliant novel by Russell Banks. Now we have another fine Banks novel, Affliction, brought to the screen by another first rate director, Paul Schrader. Affliction is a very dark exploration  ...

After Stonewall

Suggested reading: Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay & Lesbian History for High School & College Students (1994), Kevin Jennings (Editor) Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth-Century America (1998), Molly McGarry Before the Closet: Same-Sex Love from  ...

An Affair of Love

Frederic Fonteyne's An Affair of Love opens beautifully, with a shot of a crowded Paris street so out of focus that the image is pure abstraction. Pedestrians begin as enormous blobs of light that only begin to take shape as the shot is gradually inched into focus beneath the  ...

The Acid House

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com other reading: Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House (1998), Matthew Collin Bleak, bleak, a laugh, then more bleak. The working class Scottish "estates" (public housing projects) in  ...

A Simple Plan

A Simple Plan has been heavily promoted as director Sam Raimi's graduation from the B-movie ranks. He demonstrates here a high degree of technical skill, accomplishing some handsome mood building with snow scenes, hovering crows, a fox in the hen house. But, despite a promising beginning, A Simple Plan  ...

8 1/2 Women

Peter Greenaway’s 8 1/2 Women begins on a grief note: the immeasurably rich Philip Emmenthal (John Standing) beckons his son Storey (Matthew Delamere) home when Storey’s mother dies. The older man is inconsolable, and father and son spend their days after the funeral floating through their vast Geneva estate,  ...