Author: Rachel Gordon

The Business of Being Born

The Business of Being Born

There were two roadblocks to my catching The Business of Being Born in a theater, though I now wish I'd spent the money to give it the box office support. The first was that my...

Movie Review posted on 8th April 2009

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

The most visited genre in film may be the family drama. It's probably popular to produce because it's something everyone can relate to - having a family with issues not fit for public consumption and...

Movie Review posted on 23rd January 2009

Firefly: The Complete Series

Firefly: The Complete Series

Firefly was an unexpectedly shortened series created by writer/director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) that aired in the fall of 2002. The grassroots popularity of its limited run was able to spawn a...

Movie Review posted on 9th September 2008

Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory

When you take a film class, the first thing you're told is that if you can't capture the attention of your audience in the first five minutes, you will lose them for the duration of...

Movie Review posted on 11th April 2008

A Walk To Beautiful

A Walk To Beautiful

Documentary films are meant to educate us about something we do not know. Whether it's the background of a political candidate or the patterns of animals and insects, we come out of the experience thinking...

Movie Review posted on 8th February 2008

The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

That New Line Cinema did so well with the Lord of the Rings trilogy is both a blessing and a curse. After supporting Peter Jackson's fine work, it's a natural assumption that the company has...

Movie Review posted on 7th December 2007

Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz

For those who appreciated some gore alongside laughter in a movie, and were sick of seeing the slashers of the 1980s being constantly regurgitated for box office dollars, 2004's Shaun of the Dead was a...

Movie Review posted on 22nd April 2007

Talk to Her

Talk to Her

The cinema of Pedro Almodóvar is one of our finest imports. He has a talent for creating entertaining stories from the most difficult universal condition, often through deftly balancing melodrama and comedy, such as...

Movie Review posted on 1st February 2007

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

The most visited genre in film may be the family drama. It's probably popular to produce because it's something everyone can relate to - having a family with issues not fit for public consumption and...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2007

Down To The Bone

Down To The Bone

Drug or alcohol-based plotlines usually follow the predictable formula of working towards cataclysmic redemption or moralizing a main character's journey towards a bottomless pit in order to teach an audience a thing or two. But...

Movie Review posted on 19th January 2007

39 Pounds Of Love

39 Pounds Of Love

When you don't have a congenital disease and go about your daily life, it's easy to get caught up on little problems. And just when you're about to get grumpy from sloshing your pants walking...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

little man (2005)

little man (2005)

Nicole Conn, a director known in some circles for her feature film Claire of the Moon turns the lens on her own family to document the tension and struggles of parenting a doomed infant with...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Sir! No Sir!

Sir! No Sir!

The war in Vietnam is perhaps the least popular involvement overseas the United States has ever had. It's also the most widely publicized in terms of societal grief, some three-decades later. The pictures of innocents...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

God & Gays: Bridging the Gap

God & Gays: Bridging the Gap

One of the biggest obstacles to gay people obtaining equal status in American society is the knee-jerk reaction that consideration of their couple-hood would damage the fundamental integrity of marriage. This "integrity" is based on...

Movie Review posted on 14th January 2007

The Collector of Bedford Street

The Collector of Bedford Street

It's quite usual for people to walk out of a room during the televised Oscars when certain well-meaning but seemingly inconsequential nominations are called, especially in the case of short films, be they documentaries or...

Movie Review posted on 14th January 2007

Monterey Pop

Monterey Pop

For those of us who weren't yet born when the 1960's rock 'n' rolled around, Monterey Pop affords an affectionate glimpse of the music that influenced our parents to be hippies. From Otis Redding...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

To Be and to Have

To Be and to Have

Teaching is possibly the most undervalued and thankless of professions. You get snotty kids that don't see the point of homework and jaded instructors who've seen their considerable efforts go to waste time and...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

The Devil's Miner

The Devil's Miner

A film based on child labor issues is bound to reach for the heart and engender political gusto. Gone are the days when children were produced for the sole reason of earning bread because we've...

Movie Review posted on 12th July 2006

Akeelah And The Bee

Akeelah And The Bee

We all fell in love with word crunchers through the 2002 documentary Spellbound. Watching little kids get put through self-induced and parental intellectual hell inspired awe, sympathy, and a new respect for a literate faction...

Movie Review posted on 12th July 2006

Paper Clips

Paper Clips

Films dealing with Holocaust situations are everywhere. At least one is nominated every year for an Academy Award. Many are told from a Jewish or survivor point of view in an effort to humanize a...

Movie Review posted on 25th March 2006

The Collector of Bedford Street

The Collector of Bedford Street

It's quite usual for people to walk out of a room during the televised Oscars when certain well-meaning but seemingly inconsequential nominations are called, especially in the case of short films, be they documentaries or...

Movie Review posted on 1st March 2006

God & Gays: Bridging the Gap

God & Gays: Bridging the Gap

One of the biggest obstacles to gay people obtaining equal status in American society is the knee-jerk reaction that consideration of their couple-hood would damage the fundamental integrity of marriage. This "integrity" is based on...

Movie Review posted on 25th January 2006

little man

little man

Nicole Conn, a director known in some circles for her feature film Claire of the Moon turns the lens on her own family to document the tension and struggles of parenting a doomed infant with...

Movie Review posted on 8th December 2005

39 Pounds Of Love

39 Pounds Of Love

When you don't have a congenital disease and go about your daily life, it's easy to get caught up on little problems. And just when you're about to get grumpy from sloshing your pants walking...

Movie Review posted on 7th December 2005

Down To The Bone

Down To The Bone

Drug or alcohol-based plotlines usually follow the predictable formula of working towards cataclysmic redemption or moralizing a main character's journey towards a bottomless pit in order to teach an audience a thing or two. But...

Movie Review posted on 25th November 2005

The Caveman's Valentine

The Caveman's Valentine

After working as an actor for some time, Kasi Lemmons (The Silence of the Lambs) wrote and directed her first feature, Eve's Bayou, in 1997. She has since spent the past 4 years putting...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sylvia

Sylvia

It's always difficult to portray the essence of a historical figure that stands out in the crowd. You either get an over-the-top epic story that nauseates, or a too-simple tale that paints known plot points...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Brother

Brother

Violence is bad. Violence is ugly. Violence breeds yet more violence. Kids, don't try this at home. This weighty message isn't the only barrier to enjoying Brother, but it's certainly one...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Monterey Pop

Monterey Pop

For those of us who weren't yet born when the 1960's rock 'n' rolled around, Monterey Pop affords an affectionate glimpse of the music that influenced our parents to be hippies. From Otis Redding...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Woman Thou Art Loosed

Woman Thou Art Loosed

It can be extremely difficult to deal with such heavy issues as incest, ignored abuse, and redemption without allowing the topics to take over in lieu of connecting with the characters involved. And nobody wants...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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