Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart said he didn’t know the definition of pornography, “but I know it when I see it.” Mark Twain is credited with an early version of the quote, “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like.”
At the wedding of Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé) and Adenike (Danai Gurira), the gender-specific rituals, the ancestral language and the long, colorful vestments suggest we are in colonial Nigeria. But this is modern-day Brooklyn, a melting pot where assimilation simmers on the back burner.
Many young directors would sell their souls for a ticket to Hollywood, but few filmmakers have taken a career detour as extreme as David Gordon Green’s.
It won't be long before retirement homes are crawling with baby boomers. In the rec room, old hippies and old punk rockers will fight over the remote control, while by the pool, old bikers and old strippers will compare tattoos.
Photography - and thus filmmaking - is painting with light. The connection is illuminated in the lovely "Renoir," a twilight-years biography of the great French Impressionist.
Among the many ways that Australia's history mirrors our own is that both nations sent native peoples to reservations and sent soldiers to fight a futile war in Vietnam. Yet those two shameful episodes Down Under are the background hum for a calculated crowd-pleaser called "The Sapphires."
After the horrors of World War II came the horrors of reconstruction. The occupying armies divided the spoils, redrew the borders and brought the defeated foes to justice.
The body-horror genre is a niche within a niche, but the challenge of filming icky critters crawling from human bodies attracts ambitious directors.
Before the Internet, shocker movies such as "Psycho" could build ad campaigns around preserving the secret of their endings.
Before the advent of the Internet, shocker movies such as "Psycho" could build ad campaigns around preserving the secret of their endings. But nowadays, even if conscientious critics invoke the term "spoiler alert," there are social-media knuckleheads who are eager to reveal that Bruce Willi…
One of the shrewdest movies of the past decade was Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette," which followed the French queen from girlhood to the guillotine as if she were the victim of her own privilege.
Pixar makes fine films, but in addition to life lessons, the company and its Hollywood competitors are teaching kids that all animated movies look alike.
It's a sly joke that a pivotal scene in the Israeli film "Footnote" takes place during a performance of "Fiddler on the Roof." Two Talmudic scholars - venerable Eliezer Shkolnik (Shlomo Bar-Aba) and his grown son Uriel (Lior Ashkenazi) - are seated at opposite ends of a row. Uriel secretly k…
If I were a rich man, I'd build a time machine so documentarians
could capture footage from the era before motion pictures. Without
it, many nonfiction filmmakers are forced to pan across still
photographs a la Ken Burns or resort to talking-head interviews
Fighting over the words is part of the problem. In the late '60s
and early '70s, black/colored/Negro/African-American people
embraced a pride/power/nationalist/separatist movement that left
many of its soldiers/ spokespersons/leaders/ luminaries trapped in
the Man's ghettos/prisons/tombs/suburbs.
There are three sides to most love stories: his, hers and the
truth. But on London's Fleet Street, the three sides are his, hers
and the tabloids'.
A caravan of marriage-minded pioneers was the premise of the
sitcom "Here Come the Brides" and the musical "Seven Brides for
Seven Brothers." But the Dutch film "Bride Flight" is a melodrama
set in a different place and time.
Three's company and two's a crowd in "Heartbeats," a love
triangle with decidedly dotty lines.
One of the first adventure books that captured my imagination
was "Snow Treasure," a classic true story about Norwegian children
who outwit Nazi occupiers to smuggle a town's gold bullion to
safety. "Winter in Wartime," another story about a young hero in a
frosty clime, belongs in the same class.
Ordinarily, a new movie by Abbas Kiarostami ("Taste of Cherry")
would be an opportunity to remind readers that Iran produces some
of the finest films in the world.
James Gunn, whose horror film "Slither" was one of the
best-reviewed movies of 2006, is back in theaters this week with
the vigilante satire "Super."
If you're skeptical about "Rainn Wilson, Romantic Hero," wait
'til you got a load of "Rainn Wilson, Psychotic Avenger."
The enigmatic opening scene of the South Korean drama "The
Housemaid" will ring true for anyone who's ever been lost in an
Asian metropolis. Above the neon welter of modern Seoul, as
shoppers and kids riding scooters are distracted on their cell
phones, a barefoot young woman steps out on a …
It's a question that still echoes through the small towns of the
heartland: How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've
seen Cedar Rapids?
Most men in movies are jerks. The typical Hollywood hero is
drunk, disheveled and disloyal. But if he looks like Bradley
Cooper, all is forgiven.
ST. LOUIS - With "Somewhere," a Hollywood father-and-daughter
story, Sofia Coppola has directed her fourth film in 11 years.
That's more prolific than, say, Terrence Malick, who has completed
four films in 38 years, but the modest output is a disappointment
for those who expected Coppola to …
Lena Dunham surely wasn't the first college graduate whose dream
was to write, direct and star in a movie based on her own life, but
she may be the first to use a consumer-grade SLR camera and a cast
full of family members to earn art-house screenings with paying