The Cell

Tarsem Singh’s The Cell asks the provocative question, “What goes on inside a serial killer’s mind?,” and ends by concluding that he mostly wants to dress up in one of Cher’s Oscar outfits. Carl Stargher (Vincent D’Onofrio) has  ...

Chocolat

"Once upon a time..." the voiceover begins and Chocolat is instantly in the territory of fairy tales and fables--in this case very much a fable, an imaginative yarn with a moral lesson or two to deliver. The movie is  ...

Code 46

In a not-so-distant future time, cloning and genetic manipulation of human beings has become so common that a law, Code 46, is enforced to prevent inbreeding by people who are deemed to be genetically identical. Couples must be screened  ...

The Dinner Game

Farce is a classic comedy form employing extreme exaggeration, improbable incidents, and, often, a very rapid pace with slapstick physical elements, so that the viewer doesn't get a chance to think too much between laughs. Believability of incident is  ...

East Palace, West Palace

.East Palace, West Palace is a remarkable film. In 1997 the Chinese government put its director, Yuan Zhang, under house arrest and confiscated his passport. His friends smuggled the movie out of the country so that it could be  ...

Everest

Suggested reading: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster (1998), Jon Krakauer The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest (1998), Anatoli Boukreev Everest: Mountain Without Mercy (1997), Broughton Coburn Epic:  ...

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  ...

Hollow Man

If and when we daydream about being miraculously endowed with super-powers, how many of us fantasize about using our new abilities to help our fellow man? The typical Marvel comics superhero receives his power through some terrible accident (usually  ...