Wild Wild West

Barry Sonnenfeld was a cinematographer in the 1980s, standing behind the camera of such interesting films such as Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, and When Harry Met Sally. He turned to directing in the 1990s, turning out commercial, financially successful, largely forgettable films. Now he offers Wild Wild  ...

William Gibson: No Maps for These Territories

Science fiction author William Gibson is best known for 1984's Neuromancer, a novel often credited with jump-starting the cyberpunk genre. Set in a virtual landscape of rapid-fire connections and published long before the World Wide Web extended its tentacles into your home and mine, Neuromancer quickly established Gibson as  ...

The Wind Will Carry Us

Fellini, Mizoguchi, Bergman, Renoir, Ozu, Antonioni, Bresson: canon-worthy filmmakers whose very names elicit, like a primitive nickelodeon, images and impressions that flicker before your mind’s eye. There’s only one filmmaker working today who generates that response: Abbias Kiarostami. A leading figure in Iranian cinema and a critics' darling  ...

Wing Commander

Earth year: 2564. The sallow faced Confederation commander stands on the bridge of the star cruiser, which is being threatened with destruction by the hated alien Kilrathi. As the ship carrying our heroes observes complete radio silence, hoping the Kilrathi might pass above them and not know they're there,  ...

The Winslow Boy

David Mamet: The Spanish Prisoner and The Winslow Boy: Two Screenplays ....The Winslow Boy may as well have Oscars emblazoned on its celluloid. Without question the best English language film of 1999 to date, it is the one to beat, and it stands as an instant classic. Never before have  ...

Winter Sleepers

In last year’s Run Lola Run, German director Tom Tykwer used hopscotch editing techniques to create a galloping comic-book confection. Lola gave a hotfoot to stodgy mainstream fare, but it was also mindless (the star of the movie was a hairdo), and its abuse of our fixation on pop  ...

With a Friend Like Harry

On its surface Dominik Moll’s With A Friend Like Harry looks like a European cousin of those lover/housemate/babysitter-from-Hell movies that took over Hollywood in the early ’90s, in which a malignant sociopath would enter the lives of normal people and then knock them about like tenpins. But Harry doesn’t  ...

The Woman Chaser

Charles Willeford was one of the luckiest authors ever to have his novels put onto film: few writers have seen adaptations of their work infested with so many touches of dark, indelible wit. In Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter, it was Warren Oates trying to juice the odds of a fight  ...

Woman on Top

There are films that magically transport the audience to a fascinating new world where they experience wonders missing from their everyday existence. Woman on Top tries hard to be such a film, but most of its attempts to be escapist and magical only result in silliness. The world it  ...

Wonder Boys

Writers in movies don't use computers. They don't make copies of their work. They painstakingly peck out their literary creations on ream after ream of crisp white paper, using quaint, old-fashioned electric typewriters, then stack their finished pages neatly on their desks. Grady Tripp is one of these writers.  ...