Cookie’s Fortune

Robert Altman has been making films for fifty years and has gifted us with memorable movie experiences. From the stunning Western-like-no-other, McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), to perhaps his greatest masterpiece, Nashville(1975), to the strange, wonderful, and underrated Three  ...

The Cup

... Suggested reading: Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan (1999), Jamie Zeppa So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas (1996), Barbara Crossette At first glance,  ...

The Gift

Bowl (Large) Khokhloma painting on wood is a traditional type of Russian decorative work. Several arcs cross in The Gift. Cate Blanchett is in ascendance, as the film adds another great performance to her relatively short but  ...

Hamlet

Shakespeare's Hamlet is a four hundred year old classic that plumbs emotional depths of human experience with drama and poetry of such enduring and universal appeal that every generation feels called upon to reinvent it. Purists and scholars  ...

Himalaya – l’enfance d’un chef

The very word of the title, Himalaya, evokes both exotic Eastern cultures and landscapes of impossibly high, snow-topped mountains. Both are offered generously in this visually stunning film made by Eric Valli, a Frenchman who has lived in Nepal  ...

Innocence

During the 1980's Paul Cox was one of the players in the Australian film renaissance and he created a series of quirky, character-driven films like Lonely Hearts, Man of Flowers, and My First Wife. All had an idiosyncratic charm  ...

Joe Dirt

The impending Writers Guild strike has many in Hollywood quaking in their boots. They needn't worry. If Joe Dirt is any indication, the script has become a completely superfluous element of film production. While the movie does boast writing  ...

Kikujiro

Takeshi Kitano’s Kikujiro tries on the buddy-movie formula and finds it wanting. A superbly photographed picture, it abandons traditional character development two-thirds of the way through, and turns into a free-form medley of sight gags that kid and prod  ...