Shanghai Film Review
A throwback to the classic Hollywood style of "Casablanca" and "Shanghai Express", this film is a romantic espionage thriller starring John Cusack as an intelligence officer who investigates the murder of his best friend, and in doing so, stumbles across the Japanese plan to attack Pearl Harbor.
Ida Lupino - Two Films
Ida Lupino, known primarily as an actress, was the second woman to be admitted into the Director's Guild. The founder of an independent production company, Lupino directed six feature films between 1949-1953. I discuss her two personal favorites in this article.
Hannah Arendt Film Review
When the Israelis captured Nazi fugitive Adolph Eichmann in 1960 and charged him with war crimes, philosopher and writer Hannah Arendt felt compelled to witness his trial. This pivotal moment in the life of one of the 20th century's most influential thinkers is re-created in "Hannah Arendt".
Mikey and Nicky Film Review
Elaine May, known for her comedic gifts, takes a detour into noir for her third feature film. Influenced by the maverick indie director John Cassavetes, and starring Cassavetes and Peter Falk, "Mikey and Nicky" is an unflinching look at friendship and betrayal in the urban jungle.
La Cienaga Film Review
Lucrecia Martel, leading light of the New Argentine Cinema, burst onto the international scene with her startling debut feature, "La Cienaga". Combining autobiographical elements and a keen ear for dialogue, Martel depicts a family in crisis.
The Clink of Ice Film Review
Imagine cancer as an annoying houseguest who arrives unannounced and will not leave. That is the premise of writer/director Bertrand Blier's drama with flashes of dark comedy, starring Jean Dujardin as a writer who must come to terms with a brain tumor.
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