Cecil B. Demented

Whether you call it guerrilla filmmaking, outlaw cinema or the underground movie scene, there is no doubt that John Waters is one of the heroes of the pioneering movement that led to the current independent film boom. Displaying an  ...

The Contender

Bowl (Large) Khokhloma painting on wood is a traditional type of Russian decorative work. In a year when studios seem compelled to produce films that appeal to audiences with the brains  ...

Diary of a Chambermaid

The films of Luis Bunuel (1900-1983) are challenging, characterized by frequent excursions into the surreal, and by ambiguities and abstractions that demand active thinking on the part of the viewer. His Diary of a Chambermaid, a darkly droll work,has  ...

Faithless (Trolosa)

In Faithless, Ingmar Bergman's script remains in the territory he staked out years ago and claimed as his own--a special corner of the Swedish psyche that is morbidly introspective and hopelessly alienated. In the 1960's and 1970's, Bergman created  ...

Fever

No wonder Nick Parker (Henry Thomas), the central character of Alex Winter's film, Fever, suffers the full panoply of New York alienation disorder – faces constantly close up in eerie light will induce paranoia in just about anyone. But  ...

Focus

Arthur Miller is by any account a major figure in American letters, principally as a playwright. Had he written nothing other than Death of a Salesman, his position in the pantheon would be assured. With a pronouncedly social/political bent,  ...

Get Real

Get Real, director Simon Shore and producer Stephen Taylor's film adaptation of Patrick Wilde's play, What's Wrong With Angry?,is funny, well made, and thought provoking on many levels. They've set out to make the story of an English teenager's  ...

Hanging Up

Hanging Up ostensibly depicts how the members of a dysfunctional family deal with death and their evolving relationships with each other. But just as a family consists of more than a group of individuals, a film needs to be  ...

The Importance of Being Earnest

If, on the one hand, the world continues to remember Oscar Wilde for "the love that dares not speak its name," the same world, on the other hand, continues to remember the same Oscar Wilde for his great and  ...

Isn’t She Great

A movie based on the life of best-selling novelist Jacqueline Susann could veer in any number of different directions. She was neurotically ambitious and emotionally needy; her books, while enormously successful in the popular marketplace, are truly dreadful potboilers;  ...