Words of My Perfect Teacher

Buddhism is a strange religion to us Westerners. Buddhists do not have a God, nor do they have the consolation prize of life after death. They do believe in reincarnation, though it’s more like a necessary pit stop  ...

The Bachelor

It's a rare comedy that is so painfully unfunny that it earns not a single laugh. The Bachelor, based loosely on Buster Keaton's 1925 Seven Chances, is a monotonous, charmless travesty, easily the worst film I've endured this year.  ...

Black and White

Whatever else you want to say about him, James Toback knows how to get your attention. The writer/director's new film opens with an interracial menage a trois performed in broad daylight in Central Park and observed by a passing  ...

The Bone Collector

Hollywood producers would be well advised to screen The Bone Collector the next time they wonder why they’re despised in so many corners of American society. This one movie should answer all of their questions. Directed by Phillip Noyce  ...

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous continues the trend of dark satire on the screen, which would include such films as Happiness and the French Sitcom. More specifically we are in a subgenre which we could call high school flick cum  ...

The Filth and the Fury

Suggested reading: Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century (1990), Greil Marcus Rotten - No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs: The authorized Autobiography Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols (1995), John Lydon  ...

Frank Lloyd Wright

..Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the great creative geniuses of the twentieth century, though his long career was an uneven one. Early successes were followed by a period when he could not land a commission and his wife  ...

The General

The General is John Boorman's gritty, factual biopic based on the life of Martin Cahill, a Dublin gangster who emerged with major notoriety in the 1980s as the mastermind of a series of audacious robberies. It is an  ...

La Grande Illusion

Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion throws many people for a loop the first time they see it. Its reputation as one of the great works of cinema leads them to expect an eye-popper like Citizen Kane, or a work such  ...

The Harmonists (Comedian Harmonists)

The Harmonists is a German made film that begins in 1927 and runs till 1934, dealing directly with the impact of the Nazis on the lives of the principal characters, members of a popular and very successful singing group,  ...