Stolen Kisses

Francois Truffaut’s charming 1968 romantic comedy, Stolen Kisses, opened in France four months after the paralyzing May strikes by students and workers that nearly succeeded in toppling the government of President Charles de Gaulle. The film was so thoroughly out of step with the radicalized cultural scene into which  ...

The Straight Story

Whoever thought that David Lynch would make the first art-house Disney film? In one of the strangest turns of this strange cinematic year, Lynch has given us The Straight Story, a picture not only released by Walt Disney Pictures, but one whose general outline resembles traditional Disney fare. The  ...

Sugar Town

It's a perversely satisfying thrill to see a movie about rock and roll has-beens starring two fallen teen idols (Duran Duran's John Taylor and Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp), a could've-been (X's John Doe) and a never-was-but-at-least-I-married-a-famous-groupie (Michael Des Barres). With anyone but Allison Anders at the helm, Sugar Town  ...

Summer of Sam

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com In the summer of 1977, the City of New York underwent a massive nervous breakdown. A heat wave hit the city and broiled its citizens on the sidewalks. A power blackout created a looter’s wet-dream, and thousands were arrested  ...

Sunset Boulevard

Even fifty years ago, it seems Hollywood's best days were already behind it. Los Angeles is a city that has been haunted by its past for nearly the entire length of its existence, and Sunset Boulevard is still its quintessential ghost story. Half a century later, Billy Wilder's masterpiece  ...

Sunshine

"Sunshine" is the translation of a markedly Jewish family name, Sonnenschein, and it is also the name of the elixir ("A Taste of Sunshine") which makes this fictional family's fortune in late nineteenth century Hungary. Academy Award winning Hungarian director Istvan Szabo (Mephisto, Meeting Venus) also penned the script  ...

Sweet and Lowdown

Suggested reading: Woody Allen: A Biography (1999), John Baxter Django's Gypsies: The Mystique of Django Reinhardt and His People - A Unique Collection of Photographs, Illustrations, Memorabilia and Quotations (1997), Ian Cruickshank Woody Allen puts himself into his movies. Sometimes he  ...