Cast Away

When the hero of Robert Zemeckis’ Cast Away returns to civilization after spending four years marooned on a South Pacific island, he’s welcomed back in a homecoming staged by his employers. We glimpse but a second of the ceremony, and even that we see only through a videotape that’s  ...

The Castle

There is a category of movie we should talk about more often: The Saturday Night Special. The Perfect Rental. It is a small movie, quirky, with interesting characters, and a story that sticks with you. You can watch it sideways; there are few glossy production values or superior special  ...

The Caveman’s Valentine

The Caveman’s Valentine and last year’s American Psycho both take a gander (or pretend to) at American class craziness through the eyes of characters whose elevators don’t go all the way to the top, but otherwise the two movies are reverse images of each other. Where American Psycho’s Patrick  ...

The Celebration

The Celebration is a powerful film about a highly dysfunctional family. It is well written in dramatic terms, opening as family members and guests arrive at the family owned inn, proceeding with scenes among various individuals in this menage as they approach the evening festivities, the 60th birthday celebration  ...

Cecil B. Demented

Whether you call it guerrilla filmmaking, outlaw cinema or the underground movie scene, there is no doubt that John Waters is one of the heroes of the pioneering movement that led to the current independent film boom. Displaying an unparalleled knack for exuberant shock humor, Waters made his reputation  ...

Celebrity

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  ...

The Cell

Tarsem Singh’s The Cell asks the provocative question, “What goes on inside a serial killer’s mind?,” and ends by concluding that he mostly wants to dress up in one of Cher’s Oscar outfits. Carl Stargher (Vincent D’Onofrio) has a thing about purity. His only companion is an albino  ...

Central Station

Central Station is destined to be the feel good film of the year and giving it less than a 110% review seems a tad curmudgeonly. Yet, while CV is more positive than not about it, Central Station left us unsatisfied. The story is of a young boy  ...

Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog

Director Don McGlynn, who has directed documentaries about such American musical icons as Art Pepper, the Mills Brothers and Spike Jones, has given us a rich and many layered story with Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog. The documentary is grainy, as was Mingus (1922-1979) himself: a tangled, mercurial  ...

Charlie’s Angels

With autumn comes crisper temperatures, colorful foliage, and the return of serious, adult fare to the megaplex. This is the time of year when the studios put away their loud, overpriced summer toys and roll out the Oscar contenders - daring, thought-provoking films that push the boundaries of the  ...