Up the Yangtze

Yung Chang, writer, director and occasional narrator of the fascinating and moving documentary, Up the Yangtze, is a first generation Canadian of Chinese descent. Like many children of immigrants, Yung Chang has spent extended periods in the “old country.” In  ...

The Valet

Francis Veber, the writer and director of The Valet is a master of French comedy. From the first film he wrote 35 years ago, Le Grand Blond Avec Une Chassure Noire (1972), remade in the U.S. as The Man With  ...

Vantage Point

Vantage Point is a smart film with a complex plot and lots of action. That’s not a typical combination. The movie takes a mundane thriller plot—terrorists attempt to assassinate the president of the United States while he speaks in a  ...

We Were Exodus

We Were Exodus is an exciting and inspiring full-length documentary about the travels and travails of the ship “Exodus 47”, which secretly left France in 1947 loaded with 4,500 Jewish refugees bound for the then British Mandate of Palestine. They  ...

Oliver Twist: PBS Masterpiece Classics: culturevulture.net – Television review

PBS stations, Sundays February 15, 2009 and February 22, 2009 9:00 pm ET/PT http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/twist/index.html Directed by Coky Giedroyc Adapted by Sarah Phelps BBC/WGBH Boston co-production DVD available at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=3422433&cp=1378003.1414639&ab=hmaster&parentPage=family A new and modern retelling of Dickens’ Oliver  ...

Burn After Reading

When talking about a movie, usually we refer to the characters by their names in the film, although sometimes we refer to the characters by the actors who played the roles. In the case of Burn After Reading,  ...