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Heavenly Features Heavenly Features
Moving into the mainstream, the Christian right tells Hollywood to have a little faith
, November 29, 2005
This Friday, Ang Lee's tragic gay romance Brokeback Mountain rides into limited release, having already drawn the ire of conservatives—one... More>>
Spellbound Spellbound
From a filmmaking fan, an appreciation of the master of suspense's show business
, November 29, 2005
Twenty years ago, I directed an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The assignment came completely out of the blue (a producer had seen a short... More>>
Fear Eats the Soul of This Unfortunate J-Horror Misfire Fear Eats the Soul of This Unfortunate J-Horror Misfire
, November 29, 2005
Helmed by the J-horror hotshot behind the Ju-on films (and their Yankee Grudge remakes), and starring Tetsuo auteur Shinya Tsukamoto, this... More>>
Exact Fare: Peruvian Drama Takes 'Taxi Driver' Route
, November 29, 2005
Peru may not have the same world-cinema cachet as Lat-Am heavyweights Brazil and Argentina, but judging by Josué Méndez's assured... More>>
I Confess
, November 29, 2005
He's the hyper-Homer of modern anxieties, the reigning champ of theorized and cross-examined pop cinema, but Hitchcock's work— substantially... More>>
The Phantom Menace The Phantom Menace
Unclear and present danger: Three-part polemic constructs novel narrative of neo-con game
, November 29, 2005
The underground hit of the Tribeca Film Festival and the most widely discussed docu agitprop since Fahrenheit 9/11, Adam Curtis's The Power of... More>>
Trapped in the Closet: Robust Rendering of a Fantasy Classic Trapped in the Closet: Robust Rendering of a Fantasy Classic
, November 29, 2005
Its title a verbal freight train, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe pulls into the 'plexes bearing a heavy burden of... More>>
, November 29, 2005
The Museum of the Moving Image concludes its Laurel and Hardy retro with the team's greatest posthumous performance. Ken Jacobs's Ontic... More>>
Orient Excess Orient Excess
Girls Gone Wild: Garish geisha in Marshall's disastrous pageant of dragon-lady catfights
, November 29, 2005
In their great geisha dramas, Mikio Naruse and Kenji Mizoguchi bring an unblinking focus to the everyday realities of being a working woman:... More>>
Good Knight, and Good Luck: Quixote Movies Spearhead Retro Good Knight, and Good Luck: Quixote Movies Spearhead Retro
, November 29, 2005
We don't think of Orson Welles as a Spanish filmmaker, but he loved Spain to death: His ashes are buried in Andalusia. He was particularly... More>>
, November 29, 2005
Brooding existentialist Fred Kelemen goes to Latvia for his new film, a starkly black-and-white parable dripping with unspoken regrets and... More>>
Breezy Rider: A Shaggy, Charming Over-the-Hill-Biker Flick Breezy Rider: A Shaggy, Charming Over-the-Hill-Biker Flick
, November 29, 2005
Part road movie, part extreme-sports biopic, and all shaggy-dog story, Roger Donaldson's The World's Fastest Indian evades easy... More>>
'First Descent'
, November 29, 2005
With its touchy-feely first-person focus and propensity for staid, bullet-point factualism, Kevin Harrison and Kemp Curley's snowboarding... More>>
'Isn't This a Time! A Tribute to Harold Leventhal'
, November 29, 2005
Harold Leventhal, who died in October at 86, had the charisma of an election worker but an Oscar-bait bio: son of a widowed L.E.S. janitor, high... More>>
'Mrs. Henderson Presents'
, November 29, 2005
An unassuming backstage yarn, Mrs. Henderson Presents overcomes several obstacles—not the least of which are its torpid title and... More>>
The Boys on the Side
Remembering anthropologist Tobias Schneebaum—and other members of an unconventional salon
, November 22, 2005
The 2000 documentary Keep the River on Your Right follows the aging Tobias Schneebaum as he returns to the old stomping grounds of his... More>>
West of Eden West of Eden
Daring to be different, Ang Lee's epic gay romance goes looking for love in the heartland
, November 22, 2005
You could infer from the production notes that Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain would be useful if it came in a spray can: Spritz a little on a... More>>
The Scripting News
Brokeback writers on the road from page to screen
, November 22, 2005
"It was marvelous, huge. I'm not sure I can put into words the sensation of seeing something you've written years ago rear up in monstrous size... More>>
Dante's Inferno Dante's Inferno
A horror movie brings out the zombie vote to protest Bush's war
, November 22, 2005
TURIN, ITALY "This is a horror story because most of the characters are Republicans," director Joe Dante announced before the November 13 world... More>>
The Righteous Brothers The Righteous Brothers
Truth, 24 times per second: Twin firebrands of American vérité get well-deserved retro
, November 22, 2005
The American cinema vérité movement—rhyming roughly alongside a culture-wide jones for truth-seeking that also gave rise to... More>>
Down With Love: Promising Talents Deliver Whining Narcissism Down With Love: Promising Talents Deliver Whining Narcissism
, November 22, 2005
An earnest spume from the post-Linklater, neo–brat pack known as Young Hollywood, I Love Your Work promises with its very title to be... More>>
, November 22, 2005
You look fishy to me," a soldier says to Amos Gitai as he confiscates the director's passport and threatens to destroy his camera in Field Diary... More>>
Blazing Saddles Blazing Saddles
Stable relationship: Gay frontier weepie is Hollywood's straightest love story in years
, November 22, 2005
Brokeback Mountain, which opens (finally) next week, is less a movie than a chunk of American landscape, or perhaps, as director Ang Lee... More>>
Masters of War: Kubrick's Spare, Trench-Eye View of Combat Masters of War: Kubrick's Spare, Trench-Eye View of Combat
, November 22, 2005
Whatever its flaws, Jarhead has raised a perennial question—is there any such thing as an anti-war war movie?—and what's more,... More>>
, November 22, 2005
Less than a classic but more than a curio, John Garfield's last vehicle marks the disintegration of Hollywood's old left and—released in mid... More>>
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