Analyze This

.. Regular readers here know that CV is not one to effuse superlatives, particularly over popular, mass market films. That may be due, in part, to the dismal state of commercial film making in recent years. Nonetheless, CV is not  ...

Anywhere But Here

A lot of talented people get torpedoed by a dreary, sudsy script in Wayne Wang's Anywhere But Here. Adele August (Susan Sarandon) packs up her unwilling daughter, Ann (Natalie Portman), and flees from small town Wisconsin to Beverly Hills,  ...

Autumn Tale

Rembrandt Dazzling White Tooth Bleaching Value Kit Eric Rohmer completes his quartet of the seasons with Autumn Tale - very engaging, very smart, very talky, very French, and most of all, very wise.  ...

Bedrooms and Hallways

Bedrooms and Hallways is a feather-light romantic comedy of considerable charm. On the surface it sings the paeans of pansexuality, but its real sexual energy is in the male/male romances, so while there is sufficient amusement for audiences of  ...

Body Shots

"There are movies that define every decade," according to the posters for the debut film from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Michael Cristofer, Body Shots. To its credit, the poster does not go on to claim that this is one of  ...

Chuck & Buck

Chuck and Buck isn't a realistic movie. The protagonist, Buck, is a construct and never meant to be taken as a "real person." Buck (Michael White, also the screenwriter) is twenty-seven, and although he has the adult skills  ...

Dancemaker

Our page on the Paul Taylor Dance Company ______________________________ Suggested reading: The Vision of Modern Dance: In the Words of Its Creators (1998), Jean Morrison Brown (Editor) Private Domain: An Autobiography (1999), Paul  ...

Decline of Western Civilization III

Penelope Spheeris changed my life. A suburban doofus who only knew punk rock from records, I took a date to the Sacramento debut of The Decline of Western Civilization in 1981. The film documented the Los Angeles punk scene  ...

Dick

Sometimes you hold enemies to your bosom for so long that you begin to feel protective of them, and you instinctively want to leap to their defense when you see them attacked unfairly. The new film Dick is going  ...

The Dreamlife of Angels

... The Dreamlife of Angels (La Vie Revee des Anges) is the debut feature film for writer/director Erick Zonca and it is a debut for which all film lovers can be grateful. We meet Isa, a twenty year  ...