The Circle

As the main titles run on a plain black screen, the soundtrack of The Circle blares the anguished screams of a woman in labor. It's the only voiced scream that is heard in this moving and bitterly bleak film from Iran, but every one of the other women whose  ...

The City (La Ciudad)

Suggested reading: A Dream for Gilberto: An Immigrant Family's Struggle to Become American (1999), Billie Young New American Destinies: A Reader in Contemporary Asian and Latino Immigration (1996) Darrell Y. Hamamoto (Editor) Writer-director David Riker, in his extraordinary debut feature, The City, has created a  ...

City of God (Cidade de Deus)

Jamoca Chocolate Kahlua Cake Few movies attain the greatness of a genuinely profound experience that lingers on permanently in the cultural consciousness. Films like The Seventh Seal, Citizen Kane, or Ikiru, to arbitrarily list a few, are the treasured exceptions to the thousands of films  ...

The Claim

The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy's classic novel of transgression, repentance, and redemption denied has been morphed by director Michael Winterbottom (Wonderland, Welcome to Sarajevo) into an epic Western, shifting the locale from Dorchester, England to California's Sierra Nevada during the gold rush. With adventurers in search of fortune  ...

Code 46

In a not-so-distant future time, cloning and genetic manipulation of human beings has become so common that a law, Code 46, is enforced to prevent inbreeding by people who are deemed to be genetically identical. Couples must be screened before they conceive; unplanned fetuses are screened and aborted if  ...

The Color of Paradise

The Color of Paradise is about a blind boy who sees with clarity and his sighted father who is blind to the beauty in his own family. It is a film made from a deeply spiritual point of view, but it never proselytizes, it never preaches. It tells with  ...

Committed

Committed (2000) Buy it at MovieGoods.com Some movies are like cinematic Advil: they dull the throb of life without ever getting you high. The next time the world is  ...

Condo Painting

The Imaginary Portraits of George Condo George Condo: Paintings and Drawings George Condo is a man possessed by visions. A successful Soho artist, he paints what he sees: the "antipodal beings" that dominate his imagination and which he believes to be real.  ...

Cookie’s Fortune

Robert Altman has been making films for fifty years and has gifted us with memorable movie experiences. From the stunning Western-like-no-other, McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), to perhaps his greatest masterpiece, Nashville(1975), to the strange, wonderful, and underrated Three Women (1977), and The Player (1992), a scathingly satirical view  ...

The Contender

Bowl (Large) Khokhloma painting on wood is a traditional type of Russian decorative work. In a year when studios seem compelled to produce films that appeal to audiences with the brains of a bivalve and the attention span of a fruit  ...