Dark City

Dark City has been compared to Blade Runner, a 1982 sci fi wonder from Ridley Scott that starred Harrison Ford. Would that Dark City were half as good. The best sci fi or horror films - the genres have much in common - are grounded in believable  ...

Das Boot

The use of U-boats in the North Atlantic was an infamous campaign of early World War II by Hitler and Goering. Their mission was to attack convoys of British ships in an attempt to starve out Britain. The glory of these soldiers was often widely publicized by the Nazis,  ...

Decline of Western Civilization III

Penelope Spheeris changed my life. A suburban doofus who only knew punk rock from records, I took a date to the Sacramento debut of The Decline of Western Civilization in 1981. The film documented the Los Angeles punk scene at the moment when hardcore bands like Black Flag were  ...

Desert Blue

You can try to find Baxter, California, in your road atlas, but you’ll come up short if you do. Baxter is the fictional setting of some oddly moving events in Desert Blue, the new film from writer-director Morgan J. Freeman. Baxter is a nearly dead mining  ...

Deterrence

Grundig FR 200 Emergency Radio Windup AM/FM/Shortwave radio with flashlight - a one-minute wind provides up to one hour play time. Be prepared if power is down and batteries run dead... Buy it at Amazon.com The spirit of Ed Wood is  ...

Detroit Rock City

Detroit Rock City is the latest entry in a fine film genre with a distinguished pedigree: cheesy movies about rock and roll. I don't mean genuinely good films like Hard Day's Night or The Great Rock and Roll Swindle: I'm talking instead about irresistible junk like Beyond the Valley  ...

Diary of a Chambermaid

The films of Luis Bunuel (1900-1983) are challenging, characterized by frequent excursions into the surreal, and by ambiguities and abstractions that demand active thinking on the part of the viewer. His Diary of a Chambermaid, a darkly droll work,has now been restored and re-released in a sparkling new print--surely  ...

Dick

Sometimes you hold enemies to your bosom for so long that you begin to feel protective of them, and you instinctively want to leap to their defense when you see them attacked unfairly. The new film Dick is going to make a lot of Baby Boomers realize that they  ...

The Dinner Game

Farce is a classic comedy form employing extreme exaggeration, improbable incidents, and, often, a very rapid pace with slapstick physical elements, so that the viewer doesn't get a chance to think too much between laughs. Believability of incident is cast to the winds and suspension of disbelief is assumed,  ...

Dinosaur

... home | art & architecture | books & cds | dance | destinations | film | opera | television | theater | archives The opening scenes of Dinosaur are an astounding technical achievement, seamlessly blending computer-generated images of hundreds of prehistoric creatures  ...