The Producers

Moviegoers who think that Mel Brooks' zenith as a filmmaker was marked by flatulence around a campfire, or that the Farrelly Brothers invented the "do anything for a laugh, no matter how offensive" philosophy need to investigate The Producers. Brooks' 1968 comedy basically served as the There's Something About  ...

Proof of Life

It's the rare film that manages to tackle more than one genre and succeed – a "comedy-drama" is usually neither. Proof of Life is an exception – it's equal parts suspense thriller, unrequited love story, case study of what binds a marriage, and paramilitary dark op shoot-em-up. Remarkably, all  ...

Pushing Tin

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com "You land one million planes safely. Then you have one little mid-air and you never hear the end of it." Funny line. It appears on screen at the beginning of Pushing Tin and sets the tone. We don't  ...

Quills

Director Philip Kaufman makes movies about people who want to (as one of his characters once put it) "alter the experiment": the James-Younger outlaw gang in The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid, the self-absorbed libertines of The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Henry & June, the Mercury astronauts with their  ...

Ran

Akira Kurosawa was a prolific director, creating 31 films over a half century. Whether working on an intimate scale (Ikiru, 1952) or in epic mode (The Seven Samurai, 1954), he was profound in his observations, skilled at storytelling, and unsurpassed in his mastery of the film medium. There  ...

Random Hearts

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Sydney Pollack has made an interesting and engrossing film in Random Hearts. It is being marketed as a love story - which it is - so some will complain that the police procedural part is a distraction. It isn't,  ...

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 his parents and his two sisters. As if the squalor  ...

The Realm of Fortune

The Realm of Fortune (El Imperio de la Fortuna) (1986) .. El Imperio de la Fortuna (The Realm of Fortune) is the second film adaptation of a story by one of the masters of Latin American literature, the Mexican writer Juan Rulfo. The story, El Gallo  ...

Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window - made in 1954 and just restored for re-release - is a miraculous film. It's a witty, sexy, supremely entertaining thriller. It's also the most provocative meditation on moviegoing ever made. On its face, it's an allegory so transparent it risks banality. Photographer  ...

Red Planet

Science fiction fans who haven't quite recovered from Battlefield: Earth may want to think twice before taking a trip to Red Planet.. While not quite the debacle of that already notorious dud, this latest voyage into space doesn't exactly fill the soul with wonder. It has the crudely effective  ...