This filmmaker can’t resist extremes, both geological and psychological.
As one of its major themes, City of God painfully illustrates poverty’s numerous privations: the few choices, the slim chances, the narrow and vicious minds.
Dan Evans (Christian Bale, left) takes Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) to the 3:10 to Yuma. At a critical moment in 3:10 to Yuma, the hero, Dan Evans (Christian Bale), is overpowered, pinned to the floor, and struggling to stay alive. Nearly breathless from a vicious choking given by the outlaw, Ben Wade (Russell Crowe), he […]
Wetlands Preserved: The Story of An Activist Nightclub (2006) documents the rise and fall of a unique enterprise, one that was both inspired by–but in no way limited to–the 1960s hippie ethic.
the struggle to control destiny nothing more than an internal wrestling
match? Svankmajer hints that things are no more settled in heaven
or in hell.
Matthew Sorrento reviews the new documentary about famed writer Harlan Ellison
Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd provides a warm, period look for this movie, which is saturated with subdued color, and makes good rhetorical use of the rugged landscape.
David Lynch has a lot to answer for. Too many directors assume that by using blue light, white noise, and incomprehensible plot twists, their film will become the next Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.
Why do we feel blocked from our own laughter, sadness and outrage when we watch The Hoax? – This film has caught us as a society standing too close to the mirror.
The final moments of the forgotten classic The Last American Virgin are what elevate the picture from cultural curiosity to subversive brilliance.
The story of the Ballets Russes dance company is the story of the modern cult of celebrity.
Two Film Reviews by A. Mary Murphy
Criterion Collection presents journeyman director Louis Malle’s debut, a French exercise in noir.
Is it possible to make an engaging film about a bureaucrat who carries a briefcase instead of a gun? Ask second-time director Robert De Niro.
John Waters’ films have shown us the seedy, and revealed it as a mirror on ourselves.