Lies

California Poppy 25X Resin Extract California Poppy has the reputation of being a non-addictive alternative to the opium poppy, though it is less powerful. California poppy is a traditional mild, relaxing smoke – but not that  ...

Miss Congeniality

Back in the heyday of the studio system, when MGM, Warner Brothers, and RKO were cranking out movies weekly, it was common to hear moviegoers talking about having seen "The new (name of star here) picture." What the title,  ...

Not One Less

Suggested reading: China into Film: Frames of Reference in Contemporary Chinese Cinema (2000), Jerome Silbergeld New Chinese Cinemas: Forms, Identities, Politics (1996),Nick Browne (Editor) Critics often say that movies are "full of life" to indicate  ...

One Night at McCool’s

One Night at McCool’s has a promising opening. Matt Dillon is a jilted, luckless bartender named Randy. When we first see him he’s entering a bingo parlor to hire a hit-man named Mr. Burmeister. Burmeister turns out to be  ...

Ratcatcher

Lynne Ramsay's debut feature film is a wrenching contrast of elegant film-making with the bleakest of subject matter in unrelievedly grim surroundings. In the slums of Glasgow, by a fetid, polluted canal, 12 year old James Gillespie lives with  ...

The Replacements

When future civilizations look back to study the nadir that is this year's barren crop of movies, The Replacements will deserve particular scrutiny and scorn. It's a shabby patchwork of a film, one that lip-synchs its way through an  ...

SXSW Film Festival 2000

For one week each March, South by Southwest becomes the Festival That Ate Austin, Texas. Originally conceived as a music conference - it is often referred to as "spring break for the record industry" - SXSW has expanded into  ...

Shampoo

It's election day, 1968, and Beverly Hills hairdresser George Roundy (Warren Beatty) is applying for a loan to start his own salon. The loan officer, taking in George's windswept bouffant and lack of any tangible assets, sizes him up  ...