Runaway Bride

It’s hardly a compliment to say that Runaway Bride is better than Pretty Woman. That odious exercise in bad faith was a romantic comedy so smarmy it required a shower to wash away its stink. It was the nadir of its genre, a film so cynical and manipulative that  ...

Rushmore

...Rushmore had slipped between the cracks for CV until now. It had been on our list of movies to catch up with since it opened a couple of months back and developed a certain buzz - at least in some quarters. I mean there are so many checks next to  ...

SXSW Film Festival 2001

Longtime attendees of the annual South by Southwest festival may not have recognized their host city this year. There are so many closed-off roads and buildings in various stages of construction and destruction these days, visitors could be forgiven for thinking they'd accidentally deplaned in Beirut rather than Austin,  ...

SXSW Film Festival 2000

For one week each March, South by Southwest becomes the Festival That Ate Austin, Texas. Originally conceived as a music conference - it is often referred to as "spring break for the record industry" - SXSW has expanded into film and interactive media in recent years. And while the  ...

Same Old Song

After sixty years of moviemaking, Alain Resnais remains an innovator. His Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) played with time and place as it explored the intimate relationship between a pair of lovers within the context of the war. Last Year at Marienbad (1961) was a New Wave film like no  ...

Saving Private Ryan

.. Steven Spielberg can be aggravating. In Schindler’s List, a fine and well wrought film, he nearly blew it by tacking on a superfluous ending. In Saving Private Ryan the same flaw is evident - the lack of editing discipline. This is an intense, technically brilliant, wonderfully acted film. At  ...

Saving Grace

Michael O'Donohue said it best: "If marijuana doesn't cause brain damage, then why do so many teenagers think Cheech and Chong are funny?" Saving Grace is like a British Cheech and Chong movie, with one, endlessly repeated gag: the wry eccentrics of a rural fishing village start growing,  ...

Say It Isn’t So

There isn’t much gray area in moviegoers' opinions of the Farrelly brothers.They find films like Dumb & Dumber, Kingpin, and There's Something About Mary either asphyxiatingly funny - or mind-numbing swill.Say It Isn't So is being promoted as the latest censor-bending Farrelly feature, attempting to lure ticket-buyers into believing  ...

The School of Flesh

CV loves Isabelle Huppert. She has a fine-boned beauty combined with an intelligence that glows in her eyes. As an actress, she can convey the most subtle emotions and shifts of feeling effortlessly, convincingly, believably. She also - most of the time - has unusually good sense in  ...

La Separation

Early in La Separation, our hero and heroine are at the movies together. There is a long tradition of movie directors making reference to other films and, when they do, students, attention should be paid. In this case, the film within the film is Roberto Rossellini's  ...