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  ...

Beautiful People

Suggested reading: Fences and Neighbors: The Political Geography of Immigration Control (1999), Jeannette Money Writer/director Jasmin Dizdar's feature debut, Beautiful People, opens on a London bus. Passengers politely ignore one another as people file in and out, until an enormous bearded man climbs aboard.  ...

Bedrooms and Hallways

Bedrooms and Hallways is a feather-light romantic comedy of considerable charm. On the surface it sings the paeans of pansexuality, but its real sexual energy is in the male/male romances, so while there is sufficient amusement for audiences of all persuasions, as a date movie, this one is for  ...

Bedazzled

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com The latest entry from the remake factories is Bedazzled. Taken on its own, it's a lightweight but appealing romp that showcases Brendan Fraser's considerable comedic talents. But compared to the earlier version, the current film is a little too  ...

Before Night Falls

Biopics about writers don't come along often--Zola, Burroughs, a few others. Perhaps the reason lies in the difficulty of translating into film terms a process that is essentially internal. A painter can be observed painting, a dancer, dancing. Composers at least get to have triumphant performances of their works.  ...