Brokedown Palace

There is nothing wrong with Brokedown Palace that a tighter screenplay couldn't have fixed. The photography is first-rate, Claire Danes (Little Women, My So-Called Life) is excellent and the rest of the actors are more than adequate. The story  ...

Condo Painting

The Imaginary Portraits of George Condo George Condo: Paintings and Drawings George Condo is a man possessed by visions. A successful Soho artist, he paints what he sees: the "antipodal beings" that  ...

Dogma

Kevin Smith's Dogma is at once irreverent and respectful, daffy and devout. It's the cinematic equivalent of paging through a religious textbook and coloring in Apostles' teeth in the picture of the Last Supper, drawing Jesus a pair of  ...

Elia Kazan: A Director’s Journey

To the extent that Elia Kazan is known at all to today's movie-going audience, it is most likely as the fragile-looking old man who caused all the fuss at the 1999 Oscar ceremony. Controversy erupted over the Academy's decision  ...

Eyes Wide Shut

Saarinen Tulip Armchair from Design Within Reach At his best Stanley Kubrick was one of cinema’s masters – his filmic sense utterly dwarfed that of all but a  ...

The Five Senses

Jeremy Podeswa’s The Five Senses is the latest entry in what has almost become a sub-genre: the "failure to communicate" tapestry. The movie takes place in a Canadian city over the three days that it takes to solve the  ...

Frequency

Time travel has long been a favored theme among science fiction fans. Literary works like H.G. Wells' The Time Machine have crossed-over to general interest readers, and, of course, the movies recycle the premise frequently. Some films, like  ...

God Said ‘Ha’

Cancer Combat: Cancer Survivors Share Their Guerrilla Tactics to Help You Win the Fight of Your Life (1998), Dean King (Editor) No More Bad Hair Days: A Woman's Journey Through Cancer, Chemotherapy and Coping (1997), Susan Sturges  ...

Hideous Kinky

. My movie friend, the Romantic Comedy Wimp, with whom I saw Gillies Mackinnon's new film Hideous Kinky, loved it. Since it had beautiful scenery (filmed in Morocco in palettes of glorious yellow and burnt orange), mystical music from the  ...