An Everlasting Piece

Filmmakers travel to Northern Ireland at great peril. It's not that they risk their lives there: who'd waste good bullets on a film crew? No, the real danger is the aesthetic paralysis that inflicts outsiders who shoot in Ireland. Directors go there looking for a dose of harsh realism,  ...

Amores Perros

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Anatomy of a Murder

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Analyze This

.. Regular readers here know that CV is not one to effuse superlatives, particularly over popular, mass market films. That may be due, in part, to the dismal state of commercial film making in recent years. Nonetheless, CV is not yet a total curmudgeon and will cheerfully praise deserving accomplishment.  ...

And Baby Makes Two

In Defense of Single-Parent Families (1997), Nancy E. Dowd Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood (1997), Jane Matttes On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America (1999), Melissa Ludtke  ...

Angela’s Ashes

Angela's Ashes is a painstakingly constructed shell with a hollow center - a biographical film that never quite finds its subject. Based on Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir about growing up in Ireland amid appalling poverty, the movie makes the odd and ultimately fatal mistake of leaving McCourt out  ...

Angel’s Ladies

"Go west, young man!" So goes the rallying cry of Manifest Destiny, the beckoning of American exploration, and often, the pillaging of the “wild west.” Take a step forward to modern times, and such ghostly whispers can be heard in Doug Lindeman’s directorial debut, Angel’s Ladies. On it’s low-fi  ...

Anna and the King

In 1862, an English widow named Anna Leonowens became court teacher to the enormous brood of Mongkut, the King of Siam. Her story, best known from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, is usually told as a celebration of colonialism: headstrong British schoolmarm teaches vain and  ...

Annie Hall

Suggested reading: Reconstructing Woody: Art, Love, and Life in the Films of Woody Allen (1998), Mary P. Nichols Without Feathers (1990), Woody Allen Perspectives on Woody Allen (Perspectives on Film) (1996), Renee R. Curry (Editor) Woody Allen: Profane and Sacred (1995), Richard A. Blake  ...

Antitrust

AntiTrust is that rarity among Hollywood films, a perfect match of form and content. This is no compliment: the story harps on the dangers of technology, and the crass, hyperactive storytelling, studded with tacky special effects that were dated on arrival, demonstrates all too well how seductive digital tricks  ...