Eternity and a Day

Theo Angelopoulos' 1995 film Ulysses' Gaze clocked in at three hours, sent some viewers scrambling hastily for the exits, and left others hunting for superlatives like "masterful," "powerful," and "brilliant." It is certainly not a film for the Star Wars crowd, but at that length and with a glacial  ...

Eureka

Punishingly slow, nearly four hours long, and so careful to avoid histrionics that it often approaches tedium, Shinji Aoyama's Eureka is less a movie than a dare. It's also one of the year's most deeply felt and beautiful films, a meditation on death played out in crisp, sepia-toned images  ...

Everest

Suggested reading: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster (1998), Jon Krakauer The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest (1998), Anatoli Boukreev Everest: Mountain Without Mercy (1997), Broughton Coburn Epic: Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks (1997),  ...

The Exorcist

The legend of The Exorcist is almost as well known and mythic as the movie itself. Fresh off an Oscar win, director/wunderkind/arrogant genius William Friedkin’s methods of dealing with the film's cast and crew would have broken Geneva convention laws for war prisoners. Nine people died under “mysterious circumstances”  ...

Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder, the arty suspense flick from writer-director Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert), is so hyper-conscious of its own movie-ness that it’s hard to care very much about the characters moving listlessly through its scenery. Working in a genre that can  ...

Eyes Wide Shut

Saarinen Tulip Armchair from Design Within Reach At his best Stanley Kubrick was one of cinema’s masters – his filmic sense utterly dwarfed that of all but a handful of his contemporaries – and his reputation can’t be  ...

Faithless (Trolosa)

In Faithless, Ingmar Bergman's script remains in the territory he staked out years ago and claimed as his own--a special corner of the Swedish psyche that is morbidly introspective and hopelessly alienated. In the 1960's and 1970's, Bergman created a unique body of work like none that came before,  ...

The Family Man

If holiday movies were presents under the Christmas tree, The Family Man would be your Aunt Ethel's fruitcake: sickly sweet and hard to swallow. A would-be Yuletide heartwarmer in the "What if?" tradition of A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life, this overlong and under-imagined fable has little  ...

Fantasia/2000

. The original 1940 Fantasia was Walt Disney's attempt to bring great serious music to the mass market, making it palatable by "interpreting" it with animated images. The segment of the film that worked best was "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," a piece of music which comes with a story already attached,  ...

Farinelli

Despite its Golden Globe award, Farinelli seemed to come and go without a lot of notice in the United States just a few years ago. Perhaps the subject matter, centering on an 18th century castrato, and the world of opera in which the story takes place, was not in  ...