The Films of Mohsen Makhmalbaf

At the forefront of Iranian cinema stand two names, Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf. If Kiarostami has gotten greater Western acclaim owing to the more intellectual bent of his films, Makhmalbaf can be comfortable in the fact that virtually  ...

Chain Camera

With sponsorship from Cinemax Reel Life, documentarian Dick Kirby passed out ten video cameras to the students of John Marshall High School in Los Angeles. A student would have a week with one of the cameras before passing it  ...

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

The English-dubbed anime Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade takes place in an alternate reality in which the Japanese lost World War II to Nazi Germany. The setting is post-occupation Tokyo a little more than ten years after the war. Anti-government  ...

The Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien

In the 1980s, Jim Jarmusch and Spike Lee began revitalizing the American independent film, the popularity of which had waned considerably since John Cassavetes’ days. In the 1990s, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and Richard Linklater sent indie films into  ...

Time and Tide (Seunlau ngaklau)

Suggested reading: Planet Hong Kong : Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment (2000), David Bordwell At Full Speed: Hong Kong Cinema in a Borderless World (2001), Esther C.M. Yau, editor When an American thinks of contemporary Hong  ...

Boy (Shonen): culturevulture.net -film review

Among Japan’s pantheon of great directors, and there are many, none is more notorious than Nagisa Oshima, not even pretender to the throne Takashi Miike. (That is because Oshima’s shocks almost always feel devout while Miike’s often seem  ...

Curse of the Golden Flower

After spending 15 years making beautiful-looking tales of human misery that critics over-praised but made little money, director Zhang Yimou switched gears. He followed in the footsteps of Ang Lee, another filmmaker whose dramas would  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Inland Empire David Lynch is one of those directors whose films are instantly recognizable as his, and whose style has had such an effect on pop culture that it's garnered its own adjective, Lynchian. Inland Empire  ...

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a title as ridiculous as the premise of this movie: a man born in 18th century France has a sense of smell that would put a bloodhound  ...