The Astronaut Farmer

The Astronaut Farmer has an improbable back-story that emerges as the plot trudges forward. It stars Billy Bob Thornton as Charles Farmer, the father, husband, and washed-up astronaut-in-training of the film’s title. Farmer’s own father had committed suicide after a life of failure and  ...

Ballerina (2009): culturevulture.net – culturevulture film review

Ballerina (2009) A documentary by Bertrand Normand Running Time: 80 minutes MPAA Rating: Not Rated http://firstrunfeatures.com/ballerina_synopsis.html After the surprising success of the 2005 documentary Ballet Russes, Ballerina must be hoping for a similar outcome, and so it should, considering not only ballet’s devoted fan base, but even laypeople  ...

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This movie is another sign of a growing tendency in contemporary cinema towards conspicuous imitation. It seems that originality is no longer something to aspire to. The story isn’t what’s important anyway. It’s all about mixing genres; and, it seems, the more genres you mix, the better. In this case,  ...

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Marcel Camus's 1959 French film, Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro), made in 1959, in Portuguese, is by no means a great film, but it is a landmark film; an odd amalgam of modernity and the worst stereotypes about black culture worldwide. The whole  ...

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The Blood Of My Brother (2005) www.storytellerinc.com It seems only yesterday that I told two of my Palestinian friends, Ramiz and Joe, that our making war on Iraq again would open Pandora's box, and unleash untold horrors. That was over three years ago, and  ...

Boy (Shonen): culturevulture.net -film review

Among Japan’s pantheon of great directors, and there are many, none is more notorious than Nagisa Oshima, not even pretender to the throne Takashi Miike. (That is because Oshima’s shocks almost always feel devout while Miike’s often seem gratuitous.) Oshima is known in the West primarily for the  ...

Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia is a delightful surprise among the rash of banal and tasteless family movies. It explores the small and large issues that children wrestle with as they grow… schoolyard bullies, loneliness, friendship, relationships with parents and siblings, the role of self-expression and  ...

Burn After Reading

When talking about a movie, usually we refer to the characters by their names in the film, although sometimes we refer to the characters by the actors who played the roles. In the case of Burn After Reading, the use of the actors’ names is definitely in order.  ...

Casino Royale

It’s a pleasure to write a review of a good film, especially for one that I was prepared to find derivative and tired. But Casino Royale has all the best attributes of a James Bond film without any of the negatives. Instead of the tepid Bonds we’ve seen in recent  ...