Of Time and The City (2008)

Of Time and the City (2008) Documentary written and directed by Terence Davies Run Time: 74 minutes MPAA Rating: Unrated http://www.oftimeandthecity.com/ The term poetic cinema is often used when talking of Terence Davies’ work. His films are extremely personal journeys, not so much stories as evocations of thoughts  ...

OUT 1 (1971)

OUT 1 (1971) Like any other art or craft, cinema has its share of obsessive aesthetes. Among these cinephiles, there exist certain rare objects of legend that only the most devout pursue. Think Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day or Bela Tarr’s Satantango  ...

Oscar Rant, Academy Awards 2009

In which Culturevulture.net film writers have their say about the Academy Awards, for 2008 After seeing Milk, I thought Sean Penn was a no-brainer for Best Actor. And why not? It'd be scant justice for Prop 8, but we queers need a little pick-me-up right now. And Penn's take on  ...

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a title as ridiculous as the premise of this movie: a man born in 18th century France has a sense of smell that would put a bloodhound to shame. The grand achievement of director Tom Tykwer however  ...

Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)

Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008) Documentary, USA Directed by Gini Reticker http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com/v2/ trailer War ravaged Liberia didn’t know what hit them when a group of brave, determined women demanded peace and got it. Pray the Devil Back to Hell by filmmaker Gini Reticker is an interesting and  ...

The Queen

Despite an extraordinary and nuanced performance by Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, this film could have been titled “Diana” or at least “Diana vs. the Queen.” Set in the week of Princess Diana’s sudden death in 1997, this docudrama explores the Royal Family’s cold response to the public’s mourning  ...

Romantico (2005)

A documentary produced, directed and edited by Mark Becker web site When Mark Becker started interviewing subjects for a documentary short about the mariachi singers who were working the taquerias and hipster clubs in San Francisco’s Hispanic Mission District, he stumbled upon a 54-year-old Mexican immigrant named Carmelo Muniz  ...

Slingshot Hip Hop

Slingshot Hip Hop Director Jackie Salloum Palestine ( 2008 ) 89 minutes. http://www.slingshothiphop.com/( soundtrack available ) trailer We live at such a remove these days, what with e-mails, IMs, text messaging, vid cams, and all the rest, that it didn't surprise me whenI got a terse e from  ...

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

As if from a comic parallel universe, it is not Josef K who wakes up one day to find himself transformed into a cockroach, but Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), an IRS agent obsessed with numbers, who wakes up one morning to find he is a fictional character -- his life  ...