Tag Archives: Ang Lee

The Ice Storm

IT WAS 1973, AND THE CLIMATE WAS CHANGING.  After the romantic intrigues of Sense and Sensibility (1995), director Ang Lee gave us something equally human but colder. We’re drawn into the relationships between teenagers and adults, families who gather in the suburbs in 1973 over the Thanksgiving weekend. The kids explore their sexuality and early, … Continue reading The Ice Storm

Trespassing Bergman

Edited together (with partly new material) from a documentary series, this film examines (in chronological order) the career and films of Ingmar Bergman through the eyes of numerous prominent filmmakers and actors who have been more or less touched by the Master’s work. Some of them also visit the stark island in Sweden where Bergman … Continue reading Trespassing Bergman

Taking Woodstock

A GENERATION BEGAN IN HIS BACKYARD.  In 1969, Elliot Teichberg (Demetri Martin) is helping his immigrant parents run a struggling motel in upstate New York when he’s approached by a motley group of people looking for a place to host a gigantic music festival. A critic is always hoping to come up with something original … Continue reading Taking Woodstock

Brokeback Mountain: Love Hurts

Love is a force of nature.   This movie must be a nightmare to bigots everywhere. It would have been easy to dismiss it as hype if only it was poorly made, but this is one of the best films ever to deal with homosexuality, much because it makes us recognize it as something that … Continue reading Brokeback Mountain: Love Hurts