Sweet and Lowdown

Suggested reading: Woody Allen: A Biography (1999), John Baxter Django's Gypsies: The Mystique of Django Reinhardt and His People - A Unique Collection of Photographs, Illustrations, Memorabilia and Quotations (1997), Ian Cruickshank Woody Allen puts himself into his movies. Sometimes he  ...

The Swindle (Rien Ne Va Plus)

Eagle Creek Exploration Travel Gear ORV Gear Bag The Swindle is director Claude Chabrol's homage to Alfred Hitchcock, with a wink at David Mamet. Chabrol, nearly 70, has been making films for forty years. He is a veteran of the New Wave and, like  ...

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Click the poster to buy at Movie Goods.com It isn’t hard for the average moviegoer to understand what it is that drives the title character of The Talented Mr. Ripley to murder: the sight of Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow cavorting through the  ...

Tango

Carlos Saura has a long term and well earned reputation as a maker of beautiful films, particularly films built around dance. Blood Wedding, Carmen, and Flamenco (all available on video - see link below) are particularly worthy of note. Saura now gives us a wonderful two hours of Tango,  ...

The Tao of Steve

Dex is a fine example of the genus Bohemius Americanus. 250 lbs. of spiky intelligence and unfettered libido, Dex is both brilliant and lazy. He commands sufficient erudition to rationalize his "moral turpitude" with quotes from Kierkegaard and Lao-Tse, yet he's unwilling to push himself to achieve anything real.  ...

Tea with Mussolini

Franco Zeffirelli has been around a long time, involved in film making for fifty years, directing opera, sometimes combining the two. When he does Shakespeare, he is a "popularizer," as Roger Ebert put it. Zeffirelli's film versions of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliette are handsome productions; he casts popular  ...

That Championship Season

That Championship Season is a great remake of the Jason Miller classic, which revolves around four of five players who were the stars of their high school's improbable state basketball championship twenty years earlier. Now in their late thirties, three of these men plus their coach have remained  ...

The Thin Red Line

It is an interesting phenomenon that three of the most accomplished and interesting films of 1998 deal with World War II, each in a totally different way: Saving Private Ryan, a technically brilliant, essentially traditional exposition on the war in Europe has much to recommend it as it explores  ...