The Animal

Somebody call the Humane Society - Rob Schneider is on the loose again. His latest effort, The Animal, finally answers the burning question, "How could there possibly be a comedy released in 2001 that is less funny than Joe  ...

Series 7: The Contenders

Simultaneously prescient and passe, Series 7 posits a lethal game show called The Contenders whose participants are selected at random through a lottery drawing, then pitted against each other until only one is left breathing. Conceived and produced before  ...

The Center of the World

Director Wayne Wang has shot features on the cheap before (1995's improvised Blue in the Face piggybacked on the production of Smoke, utilizing many of the same actors and locations), but with The Center of the World he takes  ...

Hitchcock, Selznick & the End of Hollywood

Suggested reading: Hitchcock and Selznick:The Rich and Strange Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick in Hollywood (1999), Leonard J. Leff Hitchcock's Notebooks: An authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock  ...

Howard Hughs: His Women and His Movies

When most people hear the name Howard Hughes, his career in motion pictures is probably not the first thing to spring to mind. The more likely image is that of an old man with long hair and fingernails, wearing  ...

The Sopranos

It's been nearly a year since Big Pussy went to sleep with the fishes, an eternity for fans of The Sopranos forced to make do with perpetual reruns and the recent DVD release of the show's first season while  ...

The Sopranos

When Goodfellas debuted on movie screens in the fall of 1990, it felt like one last glorious burst for the played-out gangster genre. This was confirmed a few months later with the arrival of The Godfather, Part III, which  ...

Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris

In his best writing, David Sedaris suggests a visiting anthropologist from a distant galaxy or some future civilization, observing and chronicling contemporary life with a mixture of curiosity, disgust, and outright befuddlement. His stranger-in-a-strange-land approach succeeds without undue mean-spiritedness,  ...

American Pimp

The Hughes Brothers are fascinated with bad guys. Their startling debut, Menace II Society, depicted inner city thug life with a visceral intensity that made Boyz N The Hood look like The Little Rascals. The follow-up, Dead Presidents, less  ...

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  ...