Happiness

CV admits from the start: we hated Welcome to the Dollhouse, Todd Solondz' 1995 film, which we found to be unfunny and mean spirited. Fortunately, our good friend Tessi Tura urged us to try a little Happiness and who could refuse such a suggestion? Happiness, of course,  ...

Hamlet

Shakespeare's Hamlet is a four hundred year old classic that plumbs emotional depths of human experience with drama and poetry of such enduring and universal appeal that every generation feels called upon to reinvent it. Purists and scholars quibble endlessly over each reinterpretation, but Shakespeare himself was down  ...

Happy, Texas

Steve Zahn makes a formidable idiot. No one plays stoned bemusement with such inspiration, such slow-on-the-uptake brilliance. In supporting roles in Out of Sight and That Thing You Do!, he walked away with his every scene, his cotton-mouthed mumbling making the most pedestrian lines unexpectedly hilarious. As Wayne Wayne  ...

Hanging Up

Hanging Up ostensibly depicts how the members of a dysfunctional family deal with death and their evolving relationships with each other. But just as a family consists of more than a group of individuals, a film needs to be more than just a collection of scenes. Hanging Up is  ...

Happy Accidents

If the Woody Allen of Annie Hall and the Nicolas Roeg of The Man Who Fell to Earth had ever collaborated on a movie, the result might have looked something like Happy Accidents. Brad Anderson’s new film, starring Marisa Tomei and Vincent D’Onofrio, welds the romantic comedy and science-fiction  ...

Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell

Harlean Carpenter, later christened and groomed for stardom as "Jean Harlow", wasn't the silver screen's first goddess of wanton carnal desire, nor would she be the last. Even sixty-plus years after her career was cut short and the curtains of screen "decency" were permanently pegged back, however, she still  ...

The Harmonists (Comedian Harmonists)

The Harmonists is a German made film that begins in 1927 and runs till 1934, dealing directly with the impact of the Nazis on the lives of the principal characters, members of a popular and very successful singing group, the Comedian Harmonists. The director/executive producer of the  ...

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

In 1947 the Brooklyn Dodgers broke baseball's color barrier when they brought Jackie Robinson into the major leagues. The same year saw the retirement of Hank Greenberg who was the first great Jewish superstar. Hank consoled Jackie that year, pushed him to persevere, and assured him things would work  ...

Hannibal

There was no reason to expect much from Hannibal. Nothing about it suggested that it might be interesting: it's the unnecessary sequel to Silence of the Lambs, an intelligent and sturdily crafted film. It's drawn from a universally reviled book. And it's directed by the bombastic Ridley Scott. The  ...