The Bachelor

It's a rare comedy that is so painfully unfunny that it earns not a single laugh. The Bachelor, based loosely on Buster Keaton's 1925 Seven Chances, is a monotonous, charmless travesty, easily the worst film I've endured this year. Seven Chances is minor Keaton, but it climaxes  ...

Badsville

Gladyss Patches are doing one of two things with this album. They are either a) mixing a blend of on-the-pulse teenage angst rock with a smattering of out-there metal raps and guitars, or b) a band who are unsure of what they want and are having a go at  ...

Bait

Shelly Long. Tom Selleck. Ted Danson. The roll call of TV celebrities who have had a tough time jumping from the cathode ray tube to the silver screen is a long and not so illustrious one. Jamie Foxx is the latest small screen semi-star to attempt the move. One  ...

Baise-Moi

How far out does a movie have to be for it to get banned in France? Baise-Moi (Fuck Me), the film that Virginie Despentes adapted from her novel and co-directed with Coralie Trin-Thi, can’t be shown in its home country. After seeing it, though, I think France might be  ...

Bangkok Film Festival – 2000

a culturevulture.net special report by Susan Cunningham A more sensitive or cynical person would have deciphered the warning signal several weeks before the premier of this year's Bangkok Film Festival. Thesignal was the announcement ofa Thai juror to sit alongside the likes of New York  ...

Bats

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com In Bats, hundreds of the mutant creatures, bred by the U.S. government to eat human flesh, circle a street, swooping and diving to pick off stray pedestrians. One of our trio of intrepid bat battlers looks to the heavens  ...

Battlefield Earth

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com In a crucial moment near the climax of Battlefield Earth, a ragtag band of humans, having escaped their alien overlords, make their way to the Ft. Hood Army base in Texas. These "man-animals" (as the aliens  ...

The Beast of the City

Mention the name W.R. Burnett to fans of early pulp fiction, and nine out of ten bibliophiles will exhibit a quizzical look. Mention the hard-boiled author's name to devotees of early gangster films, however, and you'll witness Pavlovian drooling in action. While the writer may not be a household  ...

The Beach

An internationally famous young star, a story rife with dramatic possibilities, and a natural setting that appears fit for only gods to inhabit – The Beach has all of these assets, and it squanders them one by one like a salesman drinking on the company’s dime. Director Danny Boyle  ...

Beau Travail

Suggested reading: Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories (Penguin Classics) Herman Melville The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force (1992), Douglas Porch Claire Denis, talking about her new film, Beau Travail, is so unassuming, so understated and matter-of-fact, that the listener might  ...