Fever

No wonder Nick Parker (Henry Thomas), the central character of Alex Winter's film, Fever, suffers the full panoply of New York alienation disorder – faces constantly close up in eerie light will induce paranoia in just about anyone. But is his predicament bad luck or an inevitable destiny?  ...

Fight Club

David Fincher’s Fight Club (from a novel by Chuck Palahniuk) is about a special kind of male anger. It’s the anger of single guys, night-owl guys, guys who work and fret and have nothing to show for it, guys who can’t get laid or for whom getting laid doesn’t  ...

The Filth and the Fury

Suggested reading: Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century (1990), Greil Marcus Rotten - No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs: The authorized Autobiography Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols (1995), John Lydon In 1976, art student-turned-armchair politico-turned-radical haberdasher  ...

Finding Forrester

Gus Van Sant both directed and wrote his early films -- Mala Noche, Drugstore Cowboy, My Private Idaho -- and they were films that showed originality, exuberance, and integrity: the promise of an auteur. Then there were some less successful outings followed by a breakthrough of sorts--the hugely successful  ...

The Five Senses

Jeremy Podeswa’s The Five Senses is the latest entry in what has almost become a sub-genre: the "failure to communicate" tapestry. The movie takes place in a Canadian city over the three days that it takes to solve the disappearance of a little girl. A handful of strangers –  ...

Flawless

What do you get when you cross a stroke-ridden security guard with a flamboyant drag queen? The punchline is Flawless, one of the low points of the holiday movie season so far. Appropriately for a Thanksgiving release, writer-director Joel Schumacher has served up a big, steamy Butterball with all  ...

Focus

Arthur Miller is by any account a major figure in American letters, principally as a playwright. Had he written nothing other than Death of a Salesman, his position in the pantheon would be assured. With a pronouncedly social/political bent, the intensity of his convictions sometimes renders his work didactic,  ...

Following

You might want to take along a bridgetable and a pitcher of lemonade when you go see Following. It’s a film that offers more pleasure as a jigsaw puzzle than it does as a movie. Bill (Jeremy Theobald) is a would-be writer whose malaise manifests itself as  ...

Frank Lloyd Wright

..Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the great creative geniuses of the twentieth century, though his long career was an uneven one. Early successes were followed by a period when he could not land a commission and his wife had to wear hand-me-down coats in the cold Wisconsin winter.  ...

Forces of Nature

... Like a good steak, a romantic comedy has to sizzle. Great jokes can salvage a regular comedy, but in a romantic comedy you need to feel chemistry between the leads. If you don't develop a burning desire in the pit of your stomach to see the two mismatched people  ...