Warden of Red Rock

How many times will screenwriters continue to think they're doing something new and innovative by dribbling out Westerns that feature one or more characters pontificating about how "times have changed"? This idea should have been put to rest after The Wild Bunch; it's not like that film's going to  ...

The Warden

Something on the order of two million inmates are behind bars in the United States and both the number of prisoners and the incarceration rate (prisoners as a percentage of the population) have increased steadily for twenty years or more. In the mid-1990s, the budgets for prisons exceeded the  ...

The Sopranos

When Goodfellas debuted on movie screens in the fall of 1990, it felt like one last glorious burst for the played-out gangster genre. This was confirmed a few months later with the arrival of The Godfather, Part III, which felt more like a funeral dirge. One could therefore be  ...

The Sopranos

It's been nearly a year since Big Pussy went to sleep with the fishes, an eternity for fans of The Sopranos forced to make do with perpetual reruns and the recent DVD release of the show's first season while series creator David Chase took his sweet time plotting the  ...

Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective

The rain falls. The sun shines. The wind blows. And that’s what it’s like. You’re buffeted by this, by that, and it is nothing to do with you. Someone you love dies, or leaves. You get ill or you get better. You grow old and you remember, or you  ...

The Unknown Peter Sellers

Those who know Peter Sellers only through his long-running stint as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau of the Pink Panther series would do well to watch for this AMC special in their TV Guides. While longtime fans may find it a too cursory gloss on the wide-ranging career of the  ...

Revelations: Paradise Lost 2

The Thin Blue Line - Errol Morris's documentary about Randall Dale Adams, the man wrongly convicted of murdering a Dallas policeman in 1976 - may be the only film in history instrumental in freeing an innocent man from death row. But if Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have their  ...

Running Mates

Suggested reading: Money Matters: Consequences of Campaign Finance Reform in House Elections (1999), Robert K. Goidel The Money Chase: Congressional Campaign Finance Reform (1990), David B. Magleby The night before the Democratic Party convenes to nominate its candidates for president and vice president,  ...

Resurrection Blvd.

One day a movie or TV show will tell the story of a Latino family as dysfunctional as the family in The Ice Storm — a family whose members resent and avoid one another, take meals together as a matter of resigned ritual rather than community and joy, move  ...

Rated X

Rated X, Showtime's new film about porno kings the Mitchell Brothers, opens with a ludicrously portentous scene. Jim Mitchell (Emilio Estevez, looking in his bald wig like a sadsack community college Willy Loman) sits in a Lazyboy and listens to his brother Artie (Estevez's real brother, Charlie Sheen) scream  ...