The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Suggested reading: Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families Under Fascism (1993), Alexander Stille The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival (1996), Susan Zuccotti Contemporary Italian Filmmaking: Strategies of Subversion: Pirandello, Fellini, Scola,  ...

Girlfight

Ever since the Rocky franchise hit pop culture paydirt in the mid ‘70s and put "feel-good" cinema irrevocably on the map, cineplex screens have been clogged with variations of the same old song and dance. The odds are always  ...

Gone in 60 Seconds

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com In 1974, H.B. "Toby" Halicki released Gone in 60 Seconds, a thoroughly addled movie about a ring of car-thieves chasing a big score in Southern California. Its cast was  ...

I Stand Alone (Seul Contre Tous)

. I Stand Alone (the French title: Seul Contre Tous, literally, Alone Against All) is not for the faint of heart - and, perhaps, not for the obvious reasons. It contains graphic, disturbing physical violence. It contains a few  ...

In the Mood for Love

Wong Kar-wei is best known in America for the vibrant, goofy visual pyrotechnics of Chungking Express and Happy Together. These films are the work of a perpetual adolescent, unlikely love stories shot through with bursts of reckless energy and  ...

Japanese Story

There are three principal characters in Sue Brooks' film, Japanese Story: Sandy Edwards (Toni Collette), an Australian geologist; Tachibana Hiromitsu (Gotaro Tsunashima), a Japanese businessman; and the astounding and austerely grand landscape of the Pilbara in Western Australia, an  ...

Julien Donkey-Boy

The 1997 release of Gummo, Harmony Korine's directorial debut, met with the sort of warm reception usually reserved for war atrocities and three-hour Kevin Costner epics. Janet Maslin of the New York Times famously declared it the worst movie  ...

Love is the Devil

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com The biography to whose author the film is dedicated: The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon (1994), Daniel Farson In  ...

A Map of the World

Easy-to-use 16oz teapot and four gourmet tea samples See a brief video demonstration A Map of the World is a primer in lousy moviemaking, and the result of what happens when a pedestrian director shoots a tone-deaf  ...

Me, You, Them (Eu, Tu, Eles)

Brazil projects its own special ethos out into the world, different from other Latin American countries, different from its Portuguese cultural roots. Black and white and every shade in between, it is perhaps the most racially mingled of nations.  ...