Volver

With Volver Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar seduces his audiences more subtly than in his previous work. The hard, bright visual surfaces of his signature hyperreal style still predominate. But Volver wends its way playfully through Dalí-esque surrealism, nineteenth-century melodrama, pictorial realism, and classic Hollywood noir, into a complex study of  ...

Watchmen (2009)

Watchmen (2009) Directed by: Zack Snyder Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Edward Blake / The Comedian), Jackie Earle Haley (Walter Kovacs / Rorschach), Billy Crudup (Dr. Manhattan / Jon Osterman), Malin Akerman (Laurie Jupiter / Silk Spectre II), Patrick Wilson (Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl II), Matthew Goode (Adrian Veidt  ...

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

Wendy and Lucy (2008) Directed by Kelly Reichardt Written by Kelly Reichardt and Jon Raymond (based on Raymond’s short story Train Choir) Starring: Michelle Williams, Walter Dalton, Will Patton, John Robinson, Will Oldham Run Time: 80 minutes MPAA Rating: R www.wendyandlucy.com Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy is one  ...

Words of My Perfect Teacher

Buddhism is a strange religion to us Westerners. Buddhists do not have a God, nor do they have the consolation prize of life after death. They do believe in reincarnation, though it’s more like a necessary pit stop than a key to immortality. Without a supreme being or  ...

A Woman Under The Influence

DVD Review John Cassavetes was one of those rare artists of whom it could be said that his flaws were his strengths, and his strengths were his flaws. On a purely technical level, his 1974 film, A Woman Under The Influence, is  ...

Zen Noir (2006)

Zen Noir (2006) Marc Rosenbush, director Filmmaker Marc Rosenbush readily admits he made Zen Noir as a 'koan for the audience.' A koan is a paradox used to train the student of Buddhism to break out of logical, linear thinking and to embrace the Zen approach to  ...

The Ladies Man

Over the years, Saturday Night Live has morphed from a relevant showcase for up-and-coming comedic talent and occasionally biting satire into a development laboratory for producer Lorne Michaels' SNL Studios film division. The pattern is now firmly established: A one-dimensional character with a few easily imitated catchphrases is introduced  ...

La Ronde

Other reading: The Cinema of Max Ophuls: Magisterial Vision and the Figure of Woman (1995), Susan M. White The Blue Room: Freely Adapted from Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde (1999), David Hare The Road into the Open (1992), Arthur Schnitzler First  ...

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita is a powerful and profound work by the great director Federico Fellini. The film follows a series of events in the life of a journalist (Marcello Mastroianni) which explore his dissatisfaction in his work and his loves, ultimately a reflection on where one finds -  ...