Blood Simple

The reissue of Joel Coen’s and Ethan Coen’s 1984 Blood Simple contains a brief tongue-in-cheek prologue in which a tweedy Clifton Fadiman clone puts aside a leather-bound tome long enough to extol the merits of "this exquisite masterpiece." (It’s  ...

The Blair Witch Project

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com With all of the practice it’s had, and with all of the money and technology at its disposal, it would seem that Hollywood should know by now how  ...

Best in Show

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Christopher Guest specializes in people who, desperately needing to feel like somebody but lacking legitimate talent, impersonate achievers. They’re karaoke singers. Best in Show is a "mockumentary" (a form  ...

The Beach

An internationally famous young star, a story rife with dramatic possibilities, and a natural setting that appears fit for only gods to inhabit – The Beach has all of these assets, and it squanders them one by one like  ...

Baise-Moi

How far out does a movie have to be for it to get banned in France? Baise-Moi (Fuck Me), the film that Virginie Despentes adapted from her novel and co-directed with Coralie Trin-Thi, can’t be shown in its home  ...

Arlington Road

Arlington Road has a witty conceit buried beneath its layers of emotional sogginess and shock effects: the idea that domestic terrorists are otherwise normal citizens who, by quietly indoctrinating newcomers and their own young, may someday take control  ...

All the Pretty Horses

There have been few as eagerly (and nervously) awaited adaptations in recent years as that of Cormac McCarthy’s 1992 novel All the Pretty Horses. McCarthy’s tactile, intensely visual prose always seems ready to erupt into cinema inside the mind;  ...

8 1/2 Women

Peter Greenaway’s 8 1/2 Women begins on a grief note: the immeasurably rich Philip Emmenthal (John Standing) beckons his son Storey (Matthew Delamere) home when Storey’s mother dies. The older man is inconsolable, and father and son spend their  ...

Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective

The rain falls. The sun shines. The wind blows. And that’s what it’s like. You’re buffeted by this, by that, and it is nothing to do with you. Someone you love dies, or leaves. You get ill or you  ...

Revelations: Paradise Lost 2

The Thin Blue Line - Errol Morris's documentary about Randall Dale Adams, the man wrongly convicted of murdering a Dallas policeman in 1976 - may be the only film in history instrumental in freeing an innocent man from death  ...