Author: Frank Ochieng

Baise-Moi

Baise-Moi

It's curious to see a number of provocative French imports find wide acceptance in the U.S.: notable examples being Catherine Breillat's Fat Girl, Patrice Chereau's Intimacy, and Sebastien Lifshitz's Come Undone. In the sexually...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Calle 54

Calle 54

Latin jazz enthusiasts will rejoice as they sway to the exotic sounds of director Fernando Trueba's musical mosaic Calle 54, a testament to Trueba's appreciation for this style of music and the celebrated artists responsible...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Happenstance

Happenstance

Happenstance is a winsome but slight French melodrama that examines the serendipitous nature of several characters whose paths cross intermittently during a 24-hour period. Writer-director Laurent Firode weaves this quirky tale of random existential...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Promises

Promises

In the thought-provoking Promises, a stirring documentary about the lives of seven Palestinian and Israeli children in the midst of their war-torn environment, filmmakers B.Z. Goldberg and the husband-wife tandem of Justine Shapiro and Carlos...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

American Adobo

American Adobo

The filmmaking feast continues on the big screen with American Adobo, the latest munching melodrama to incorporate the mysticism of ethnic food with fragile personalities and their fluctuating emotions. Following the tradition of cinematic...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

What's Cooking?

What's Cooking?

Indian filmmaker Gurinder Chadha's feminine feast drama What's Cooking? serves up the ingredients for a potential tasty meal, but the remaining aftertaste leaves much to be desired. In the film, Chadha (Bhaji on the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Stolen Summer

Stolen Summer

Writer-director Pete Jones serves up a nostalgic slice-of-life in his examination of friendship and faith in the winsome but saccharine Project Greenlight winner Stolen Summer. Jones, the budding filmmaker whose chosen screenplay would emerge...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Iris

Iris

In the refined and sobering drama Iris, we witness a loving but unconventional relationship between a strangely elegant couple -- English critic John Bayley and his Alzheimer's-stricken, novelist wife Iris Murdoch. Writer-director Richard Eyre,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bones

Bones

In this cheesy flick, rapper extraordinaire Snoop Dogg simply barks up the wrong tree. Snoop, who has previously tested the acting waters with his menacing persona in inner city dramas such as Training Day...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Piñero

Piñero

Talented and tragic historical figures often make for riveting drama, particularly if the aforementioned individuals leave the scene way before their time. This certainly can be said of Puerto Rican playwright-poet-actor Miguel Piñero, the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

In the Bedroom

In the Bedroom

In the Bedroom is an immensely powerful motion picture that presents a small New England town in its trademark tranquility... until tragedy strikes and disrupts the folksy setting. Actor-turned-director Todd Field delivers a penetrating...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Business of Strangers

The Business of Strangers

Never mind the recession, business seems to be booming in the unctuous corporate world of The Business of Strangers. This sharp-minded and crafty estrogen-driven character study about power plays and complex mind games is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Trouble Every Day

Trouble Every Day

French filmmaker and provocateur Claire Denis has provided movie audiences with stimulating cinema over the years, with fare such as Nenette et Boni, I Can't Sleep, and the award-winning Beau Travail. Clearly, Denis has proven...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Italian for Beginners

Italian for Beginners

Danish writer-director Lone Scherfig's durable and spunky romantic comedy Italian for Beginners is an intoxicatingly spry and entertaining romantic comedy produced under the auspices of Lars Von Trier's Dogme 95 guidelines. (Scherfig holds the distinction...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Everybody's Famous!

Everybody's Famous!

Social satires are tricky vehicles because you need the correct edge to convey its message. In director-writer Deruddere's well-intentioned but misguided satire Everybody's Famous!, there's a routine angle about the Everyman trying to buck...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Novocaine

Novocaine

Writer-director David Atkins presents what may be one of the slickest and most skillful black comedies of the year in the blistering thriller Novocaine. Atkins cleverly drills in the point that there's more to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Wash

The Wash

Filmmaker D.J. Pooh is no stranger to disjointed, pointless, overwrought urban comedies. He was the mastermind behind 2000's brash brain-dead farce 3 Strikes, and now Pooh conjures up another flaccid farce in the inept...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Château

The Château

Director Jesse Peretz scores some major laughs in the delightful, shrewd, and cozy French farce The Château, a cross-cultural comedy which can be considered the eccentric and frothy version of Gosford Park. Peretz, who helmed...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mad Love

Mad Love

For some reason, filmmakers become overly inspired when it comes to helming historical epics. In writer-director Vicente Aranda's interminable, labored, and lumbering celluloid soap opera Mad Love (aka Juana la Loca -- translation, Joan the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Borstal Boy

Borstal Boy

Irish filmmaking has always resonated with an urgent sense of political forethought. Filmmaker Jim Sheridan diligently championed the determined spirit of tortured protagonists in gutsy pictures such as My Left Foot, The Boxer, and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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