Tag Archives: Drama

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

MOTHERS. DAUGHTERS. THE NEVER-ENDING STORY OF GOOD VS. EVIL. When a serious rift occurs in the relationship between Vivianne (Ellen Burstyn) and her daughter (Sandra Bullock), a group of old friends gather to help heal the wounds. Writer Callie Khouri’s directing debut brings several well-known actors together and they carry the story through its most … Continue reading Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Donnie Darko: Playing with Time

DARK. DARKER. DARKO. I have had dreams where I’m being chased by Nazis in a forest. I have dreamt that I was a cast member of Falcon Crest. I have had many weird dreams, but in none of them have there appeared a large, evil-looking bunny rabbit predicting that the world will come to an end … Continue reading Donnie Darko: Playing with Time

Enemy at the Gates

A BATTLE BETWEEN TWO NATIONS BECAME A CONFLICT BETWEEN TWO MEN.  Clever WWII marksman Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law) becomes a living legend all over the USSR, but eventually has to face Nazi Germany’s best man. This multi-country endeavor avoids becoming an elephantine mess; versatile director Jean-Jacques Annaud expertly recreates a Stalingrad bombed to pieces, and … Continue reading Enemy at the Gates

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill, but Came Down a Mountain

A ROMANTIC COMEDY ABOUT A TOWN THAT WOULDN’T GIVE UP. A MAN WHO COULDN’T GET OUT. AND THE MOUNTAIN THAT BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.  Two cartographers (Hugh Grant, Ian McNeice) arrive in Wales to survey the height of a local mountain… only to find that it is a hill, not a mountain, something the villagers refuse … Continue reading The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill, but Came Down a Mountain

The Hours: A Fight For Survival

THE TIME TO HIDE IS OVER. THE TIME TO REGRET IS GONE. THE TIME TO LIVE IS NOW. When author Michael Cunningham finished work on his novel “The Hours”, he must have given himself a pat on the shoulder. His original intention was to make a contemporary update of Virginia Woolf’s classic “Mrs. Dalloway”, but … Continue reading The Hours: A Fight For Survival

Basquiat

IN 1981, A NINETEEN-YEAR OLD UNKNOWN GRAFFITI WRITER TOOK THE NEW YORK ART WORLD BY STORM. THE REST IS ART HISTORY. The story of the carefree graffiti writer and drug addict Jean-Michel Basquiat who in the 1980s became a phenomenon on the New York art scene before a heroin overdose ended his life. The director … Continue reading Basquiat

Finding Neverland: What Pan Meant to Barrie

UNLOCK YOUR IMAGINATION. What the world needs is not another movie version of James M. Barrie’s classic play “Peter Pan” (especially not after Steven Spielberg’s unfortunate take on it back in 1991), so that’s not what director Marc Forster has delivered. Instead, he’s focusing on how Barrie came to write the play and what it … Continue reading Finding Neverland: What Pan Meant to Barrie

The Beach

SOMEWHERE ON THIS PLANET IT MUST EXIST. Young American Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio), who’s backpacking in Thailand, finds a map that supposedly will take him to a paradise untouched by humans. John Hodge’s novel is a modern classic and many of its fans hated what the filmmakers did. How can Hollywood compete with the sense of adventure … Continue reading The Beach