28 Days

Elegant Handcrafted and Individually Dyed Mesh Silk Poncho Like its protagonist Gwen Cummings, 28 Days is a movie that can't wait to get started and then doesn't know how to stop. It begins with a flurry of drunken activity from party girl Gwen (Sandra Bullock,  ...

3000 Miles to Graceland

It's no big secret that in 21st century Hollywood, scripts are sold and movies go into production based on "trailer moments" - those one-liners, action sequences and special effects shots that serve as fodder for the two-minute promos designed to put asses in the seats at your local multiplex.  ...

The 400 Blows

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods . The 1950s saw the blossoming of what was called the New Wave of film making, referring, in particular, to the unparalleled emergence of a stream of fresh, creative French films from a new generation of directors. The 400 Blows,  ...

42 Up

42 Up: 'Give Me the Child Until He Is Seven and I Will Show You the Man' (Companion volume to the film, edited by Bennett L. Singer) 42 Up, the latest installment in Michael Apted's long-running series of documentaries for British television, began less  ...

51 Birch Street

by Doug Block A documentary filmmaker who mainly supports himself by filming weddings, Doug Block spent his spare time filming his own family, including his mom and dad, Bill and Mina Block, married for 54 years and still living in the same house where  ...

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,  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...