May 8, 2010

The City of Your Final Destination

THE CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION is the first Merchant Ivory film to be released without the involvement of the late Ismail Merchant. Cinephiles have not always favored the determinedly literary and...
Apr 26, 2010

Creditors • Uncle Vanya

It comes as no surprise that Alan Rickman, a mordantly arresting screen actor, would have an affinity for Strindberg, and he has directed CREDITORS with terrifying deftness. Less performed than Miss J...
Apr 19, 2010

Chloe

I have not always liked Atom Egoyan, but, as he did in The Sweet Hereafter, he drew me in and held me with his new, and very substantial, thriller. Although CHLOE is a genre film, it is remarkably unp...
Apr 12, 2010

An Education

Of the much admired British film AN EDUCATION I am become one of the admirers. Carey Mulligan is a charismatic new talent (winsome, witty, smart), and the movie, directed by Lone Scherfig with a scr...
Mar 7, 2010

The White Ribbon

Michael Haneke‘s THE WHITE RIBBON is beautifully shot in black-and-white, ambiguous, enigmatic, sometimes a little awkward and even a bit stiff. Although the familiar Haneke mix of Hitchcockian susp...
Dec 12, 2009

Mortal Engine

I saw GLOW, the short original on which Chunky Move’s one-hour MORTAL ENGINE , now playing at BAM, is based, two or three years ago. It was startling in its merger of technology and honed, condi...
Dec 11, 2009

Last Tango in Berlin

LAST TANGO IN BERLIN is the current show by the sort of legendary Ute Lemper (even though I have never warmed to her recordings), tango themed, in an intimate venue, around the block from my office. O...
Nov 13, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are • Antichrist

If you want to see a film in which a child goes into the snow because his mother gives a higher priority to pleasing the man in her life, in which psychological and spiritual insight is attained throu...
Oct 18, 2009

Bär-bõ-né

The eccentrically punctuated Bär-bõ-né (vaguely evoking its Avenue B location) is ostensibly Italian, and the menu bears out the claim – antipasti, primi, secondi – but there is something unmis...
Oct 12, 2009

26 Seats

When I first moved to the East Village in New York City, 26 Seats was an okay bistro around the corner with decent but not terribly memorable food or ambiance. I tried it once, was indifferently satis...