Endurance

Endurance is The Documentary That Won't End about the Man Who Won't Stop Running. The subject of the film is Ethiopian championship distance runner Haile Gebreselassie (played by himself). The subtitle is: "In the heart of a champion is the courage to endure." A Disney presentation, Endurance is mildly  ...

Enemy at the Gates

a novel on the same subject matter: War of the Rats Enemy at the Gates takes the legend of a venerated Soviet war hero, Vassili Zaitsev, and fictionalizes it into a Hollywood-style romantic drama placed against the background of the siege of  ...

L’Ennui

There's a real danger making a film about an obsession. Other people's obsessions - their profound preoccupation with a particular desire or idea or topic - are narrowly focused on the subject which is obviously of great interest to them, but will it sustain for two hours the interest  ...

Entrapment

Entrapment, an end-of-the-millenium thriller starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, promises to be a different kind of action movie - one that is character driven instead of plot driven. The only problem with it is that it doesn’t have any characters. Connery plays Robert "Mac" MacDougal,  ...

Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich is a movie with two personalities, one that’s breezy and winning, and one that’s maddeningly preachy. It’s almost a shock when the pushy side wins out in the end – the early part of the movie is so good that it seems like nothing could ruin  ...

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  ...