The Grandfather

The Grandfather opens with a shot of a framed photograph sitting on a table, a picture of a mother and her two daughters. The camera pulls back and reveals a luxurious room, all ochres and golds, yellow roses, brocade  ...

Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell

Harlean Carpenter, later christened and groomed for stardom as "Jean Harlow", wasn't the silver screen's first goddess of wanton carnal desire, nor would she be the last. Even sixty-plus years after her career was cut short and the curtains  ...

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  ...

Life is Beautiful

CV admits to great trepidation about seeing this movie. We have powerful feelings about the holocaust. A comedy about the holocaust? Sounds like a mistake from the getgo, no? Still, the word of mouth has been very good so  ...

Dancing at Lughnasa

1936, a pivotal year: the worldwide economic depression lingers, the Spanish Civil War draws world attention to intensifying confrontation between political right and left, change is in the air. Though Dancing at Lughnasa uses the voice-over of the only  ...

Meet the Parents

Capri Pant Zipper fly front with black vinyl stripes waistband and leg opening. Slash pockets with metal studs. Ben Stiller is so comfortable serving up his own discomfort and embarrassment for our amusement,  ...

The Minus Man

The Minus Man, writer-director Hampton Fancher’s low-budget allegory about the double-edged nature of innocence, is so in love with its enigmatic air that there’s no there there. The story – which revolves around what happens when Vann  ...

My Best Fiend

In this intriguing documentary, German director Werner Herzog retraces his steps behind the scenes of several of his well-known films, including Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, to offer a personal portrait of his "dearest enemy" or "best  ...

The Port of Last Resort

... The score for the film (by John Zorn) on a CD called: Film Works VIII: 1997 The story of the flight of Jewish refugees to Shanghai during the years preceding World War II  ...