The Thirteenth Floor

The Thirteenth Floor is like a failed romance. When we meet we are full of hope. The screenwriter courts us with a unique science fiction premise, the actors work hard to convince us, and the direction and cinematography seem as certain as a rock on an index finger.  ...

This is My Father

"'Twas the Spring of 1939..." begins the tale of Kieran Johnson's (James Caan) search for his roots in the green, green fields of Ireland. With an opening like that you will not be surprised to find that heartbreak is lurking just around the bog. My friend Hanky Girl rates  ...

The Thomas Crown Affair

He's got more money than he knows what to do with and he regularly seems to end up on the top of big business dealings, outsmarting the other side, even as they think they've accomplished the coup. Smart, rich, good-looking, and -- uncommitted. So Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) plans  ...

Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train

Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train VHS Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train DVD Are there any really good films with scripts written by three writers? Film is by nature a collaborative art, with writer, director, actors, cinematographer, editor, and  ...

A Thousand Clowns

Murray Burns is an arrested adolescent, constantly declaring his own holiday (Irving R. Feldman's birthday) so that he can play hooky to fly kites, wave goodbye to departing ocean liners, and take to the streets at dawn to exhort his neighbors to fall out for calisthenics and volleyball. Except  ...

Three Kings

In the closing days and immediate aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War, George Bush made a monumental humanitarian error by calling on the Iraqi people to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Interpreting Bush’s insistent and repeated calls as a promise of aid, tens of thousands Shiite Muslims rushed to fill the  ...

Three Seasons

Three Seasons opens with a gorgeous panorama of the rich, green Vietnamese countryside, accompanied by a haunting musical track made up of high-pitched female voices and exotic stringed instruments. This combination of mysterious music and verdant colors sums up your reviewer's enjoyment of the film, the first American production  ...

Tigerland

Anyone who's been through the mortifying experience of basic training in the U.S. Army will get a startling jolt of a memory trip from Tigerland. Director Joel Schumacher (Batman and Robin, Flawless) gets it right, from the mise en scene, to the physical and emotional battering of the recruits,  ...

Time Code

Saarinen Tulip Armchair from Design Within Reach Ready or not, the digital revolution is here. Within a few short years, everyone you know will have their own production facilities and editing suites right on their laptop computers.  ...

Time and Tide (Seunlau ngaklau)

Suggested reading: Planet Hong Kong : Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment (2000), David Bordwell At Full Speed: Hong Kong Cinema in a Borderless World (2001), Esther C.M. Yau, editor When an American thinks of contemporary Hong Kong action cinema, the images that come to mind usually  ...