Jaws

If mechanical shark effects and John Williams' relentless theme music were all it had going for it, Jaws still might have become the highest grossing movie in history at the time of its release. And it likely would still  ...

Last Resort

Making films is a collaborative process, involving many creative people under the helm of the director. The bigger and more complex the production, the bigger the creative team, all too often resulting in a loss of the personal, human  ...

The Man Who Knew Too Much

a cd that includes music from the film The 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much has a unique place in the Alfred Hitchcock filmography. It's his only remake, produced 22  ...

Mission to Mars

Suggested reading: Blue Mars (sci fi novel) (1997), Kim Stanley Robinson The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (1997), Robert Zubrin Islands in the Sky: Bold New Ideas  ...

My Life So Far

There always will be coming of age stories. Since childhood and the "formative years" universally constitute perhaps a quarter of the human experience, at least in terms of time, it seems likely that there will always be writers and  ...

On the Ropes

Suggested reading: Championship Streetfighting: Boxing As a Martial Art (1997), Ned Beaumont Champions' Boxing Guide (1997), Edward Whitman Urban Sanctuaries: Neighborhood Organizations in the Lives and Futures of Inner-City Youth (1994), Milbrey W. McLaughlin  ...

Run Lola Run

From the amazing opening sequence, before the credits, all the way to the end of the screening when I was standing on my feet shouting and applauding, Run, Lola, Run is a film I could not take my  ...

Simpatico

Most of Sam Shepard’s major themes are present in Simpatico, the new Matthew Warchus film that Warchus and David Nicholls adapted from Shepard’s play. Buried enmities, porous identities, falls from grace, talk of bloodlines, and troubled male bonds are  ...

Snow Falling On Cedars

Most movies about racism make society out to be either much better or much worse off than it really is, and end by offering a mushy-headed optimism or impotent outrage in lieu of insight. What might be our most  ...