Mission to Mars

Suggested reading: Blue Mars (sci fi novel) (1997), Kim Stanley Robinson The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (1997), Robert Zubrin Islands in the Sky: Bold New Ideas  ...

My Life So Far

There always will be coming of age stories. Since childhood and the "formative years" universally constitute perhaps a quarter of the human experience, at least in terms of time, it seems likely that there will always be writers and  ...

On the Ropes

Suggested reading: Championship Streetfighting: Boxing As a Martial Art (1997), Ned Beaumont Champions' Boxing Guide (1997), Edward Whitman Urban Sanctuaries: Neighborhood Organizations in the Lives and Futures of Inner-City Youth (1994), Milbrey W. McLaughlin  ...

Run Lola Run

From the amazing opening sequence, before the credits, all the way to the end of the screening when I was standing on my feet shouting and applauding, Run, Lola, Run is a film I could not take my  ...

Simpatico

Most of Sam Shepard’s major themes are present in Simpatico, the new Matthew Warchus film that Warchus and David Nicholls adapted from Shepard’s play. Buried enmities, porous identities, falls from grace, talk of bloodlines, and troubled male bonds are  ...

Snow Falling On Cedars

Most movies about racism make society out to be either much better or much worse off than it really is, and end by offering a mushy-headed optimism or impotent outrage in lieu of insight. What might be our most  ...

Stolen Kisses

Francois Truffaut’s charming 1968 romantic comedy, Stolen Kisses, opened in France four months after the paralyzing May strikes by students and workers that nearly succeeded in toppling the government of President Charles de Gaulle. The film was so thoroughly  ...