The Life of emile Zola

. .Great fiction and great films, it seems to CV, must have at their core a wonderful story, a strong narrative with driving force. Mood pieces or pure character studies can take us only so far; unless the viewer wants to know what is going to happen next, more often  ...

Absolute Wilson

A documentary by Katharina Otto-Bernstein A boy in a boat transfixed by light. A nail goes into a hand and someone sings. A woman in black evening dress faces the audience and fires a gun. The earth splits and boulders rain from the  ...

A Christmas Tale: culturevulture.net -film review

Written and Directed by: Arnaud Desplechin Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Cosigny, Chiara Mastroianni MPAA rating: Unrated Run Time: 143 minutes http://www.bacfilms.com/site/conte/ Arnaud Desplechin is contemporary French cinema’s purest descendent of its Nouvelle Vague. He displays Jacques Rivette’s interest in the interplay between the artifice of art  ...

Apocalypto

Directed by Mel Gibson Starring: Dalia Hernandez, Mayra Serbulo, Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Trujillo, Rudy Youngblood Directed by: Mel Gibson Produced by: Ned Dowd, Vicki Christianson, Mel Gibson Rated R for sequences of graphic violence and disturbing images Mayan with subtitles I’m  ...

The Astronaut Farmer

The Astronaut Farmer has an improbable back-story that emerges as the plot trudges forward. It stars Billy Bob Thornton as Charles Farmer, the father, husband, and washed-up astronaut-in-training of the film’s title. Farmer’s own father had committed suicide after a life of failure and  ...

Ballerina (2009): culturevulture.net – culturevulture film review

Ballerina (2009) A documentary by Bertrand Normand Running Time: 80 minutes MPAA Rating: Not Rated http://firstrunfeatures.com/ballerina_synopsis.html After the surprising success of the 2005 documentary Ballet Russes, Ballerina must be hoping for a similar outcome, and so it should, considering not only ballet’s devoted fan base, but even laypeople  ...

culturevulture.net – review

This movie is another sign of a growing tendency in contemporary cinema towards conspicuous imitation. It seems that originality is no longer something to aspire to. The story isn’t what’s important anyway. It’s all about mixing genres; and, it seems, the more genres you mix, the better. In this case,  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Marcel Camus's 1959 French film, Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro), made in 1959, in Portuguese, is by no means a great film, but it is a landmark film; an odd amalgam of modernity and the worst stereotypes about black culture worldwide. The whole  ...