Detroit Rock City

Detroit Rock City is the latest entry in a fine film genre with a distinguished pedigree: cheesy movies about rock and roll. I don't mean genuinely good films like Hard Day's Night or The Great Rock and Roll Swindle:  ...

Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich is a movie with two personalities, one that’s breezy and winning, and one that’s maddeningly preachy. It’s almost a shock when the pushy side wins out in the end – the early part of the movie  ...

Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder, the arty suspense flick from writer-director Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert), is so hyper-conscious of its own movie-ness that it’s hard to care very much about the characters moving  ...

Frenzy

By the time Frenzy was released in 1972, Alfred Hitchcock was in something of a slump. While Marnie had its admirers, most found it a slipshod exercise in psychobabble. Topaz and Torn Curtain were both drab, anemic espionage thrillers,  ...

Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You has a somewhat jumbled story to tell, weaving together a mixture of material from Joyce Carol Oates short stories. Director Lisanne Skyler, who also co-wrote the screenplay, uses both flashbacks and stories within the story,  ...

Go

Blue Lotus of the Nile Nymphaea caerulea, also known as Blue Lily Organically grown and processed Pure dried flowers and nothing else Makes a great smoke. Shamanshop.net Director Doug  ...

The Green Mile

The Green Mile is a lot like Tom Hanks' portrait on its advertising poster – earnest, but glazed and bloated. Writer/director Frank Darabont follows his first feature effort, The Shawshank Redemption, with a film that shamelessly takes several big  ...

The Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien

In the 1980s, Jim Jarmusch and Spike Lee began revitalizing the American independent film, the popularity of which had waned considerably since John Cassavetes’ days. In the 1990s, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and Richard Linklater sent indie films into  ...

Human Traffic

Four adolescents in Cardiff, Wales, spend a weekend getting loaded and then coming back to reality – that’s the basic story of Human Traffic, the debut feature from writer-director Justin Kerrigan. What makes these kids interesting is that they  ...

Ichigensan

Ichigensan is writer/director Isao Morimoto's first feature film and it is a triumph. From his camera panning slowly across the Ryooanji Monastery in Kyoto, to the stunning way he makes us pause as sightless Kyoko seduces Swiss literature student  ...