Bats

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com In Bats, hundreds of the mutant creatures, bred by the U.S. government to eat human flesh, circle a street, swooping and diving to pick off stray pedestrians. One of  ...

Condo Painting

The Imaginary Portraits of George Condo George Condo: Paintings and Drawings George Condo is a man possessed by visions. A successful Soho artist, he paints what he sees: the "antipodal beings" that  ...

Decline of Western Civilization III

Penelope Spheeris changed my life. A suburban doofus who only knew punk rock from records, I took a date to the Sacramento debut of The Decline of Western Civilization in 1981. The film documented the Los Angeles punk scene  ...

Detroit Rock City

Detroit Rock City is the latest entry in a fine film genre with a distinguished pedigree: cheesy movies about rock and roll. I don't mean genuinely good films like Hard Day's Night or The Great Rock and Roll Swindle:  ...

Eureka

Punishingly slow, nearly four hours long, and so careful to avoid histrionics that it often approaches tedium, Shinji Aoyama's Eureka is less a movie than a dare. It's also one of the year's most deeply felt and beautiful films,  ...

The Filth and the Fury

Suggested reading: Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century (1990), Greil Marcus Rotten - No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs: The authorized Autobiography Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols (1995), John Lydon  ...

Hannibal

There was no reason to expect much from Hannibal. Nothing about it suggested that it might be interesting: it's the unnecessary sequel to Silence of the Lambs, an intelligent and sturdily crafted film. It's drawn from a universally reviled  ...

culturevulture.net and AMC salute Alfred Hitchcock

culturevulture.net salutes Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980) Twenty-one years after his death, Alfred Hitchcock remains the most imitated filmmaker who ever lived. No other director so peerlessly combined craftsmanship and personality, popularity and genius.  ...

Holy Smoke

Jane Campion is an exasperating filmmaker. She makes compelling - if uneven - films in a style so affected that it takes real effort to wade through her pretensions. Her best-known film, The Piano, all but drowns in portentous  ...