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 would be fascinating even without a documentary as solid as  ...

Praise

Bali Silver Accents with Garnet and Fuchia Swarovski Crystal Bracelet Praise takes place in an anonymous corner of Brisbane, Australia. The main setting is a flophouse whose wrought-iron balconies suggest New Orleans, and whose inhabitants are the spiritual kin of the shadows that haunted O’Neill’s  ...

The Price of Air

Josh Evans' The Price of Air is the sort of independent film that makes you crave Hollywood: it wears its very ineptitude as a badge of honor. It assumes that we'll be thrilled by its "transgressions," as though meandering improvisation, vicious misogyny and dingy, out of focus video are  ...

Princess Mononoke

Hayao Miyazaki is a name currently unfamiliar to most moviegoers, but revered as a deity among those who spend much of their time playing arcane card games in the back of comic book shops. The cult following that has accrued around Japanese anime may finally swell into mainstream acceptance  ...

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,  ...