Author: Rachel Gordon

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

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

Spun

Spun

Wes Anderson fans will barely recognize Spun protagonist, if you can call him that, Jason Schwartzman. Though he's been in a handful of forgettable roles since claiming cult status with his breakthrough in 1998's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

Family isn't based on sweet kisses on the cheek. Affection between parent and child is not established by saying the magical phrase "I love you." Instead, the strongest conversations often come through in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Komediant

The Komediant

The rich tradition of Jewish entertainment is explored through a slice of family life in this affectionate depiction of changing times. A portrayal that extends through several decades and continents, The Komediant is a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Things Behind the Sun

Things Behind the Sun

Allison Anders not only has enough balls to revisit one of the worst experiences of her life in Things Behind the Sun, but she travels through emotional territory normally unheard of in films based on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Baran

Baran

Before jumping into the details of this dramatic love story, some cultural details need to be outlined. Afghanistan's poverty is acknowledged fact. From control by the Soviets to that of the Taliban, the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Faithless

Faithless

Liv Ullman may get the directing credit, but every line in Faithless is stamped Ingmar Bergman (who wrote the script). Between the immoral souls of the characters twitching with desires they can't control and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Divided We Fall

Divided We Fall

Just when you think you've seen all the World War II films you can handle, one comes along that leaves you in awe. Perhaps because Divided We Fall focuses on common citizens in an...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Elephant

Elephant

Gus Van Sant has made an eclectic career out of portraying vastly different avenues that adolescents use to focus the anxieties they grapple with. From the strangely compelling My Own Private Idaho to the more...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dogville

Dogville

Evoking the age-old parable of human nature pillaging the likes of total goodness when it strangely pops up in town, Lars von Trier's much-anticipated Dogville has such intense extremes of useful experimentation and annoyingly repetitive...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Chelsea Walls

Chelsea Walls

New York living is all about location. And where you live is often a sign of your lifestyle. If you live in Brooklyn, it is assumed you are more artistically inclined then, say,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Lantana

Lantana

Men have feelings too. Men cry, despite the stigma attached to their gender, or at least they want to more than they let on. It's all societal conditioning. That's the pretentious premise...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mule Skinner Blues

Mule Skinner Blues

Mule Skinner Blues is one of those clever ideas that rarely gets captured in a documentary form because it could so easily be taken for a fictional account, and as a feature film it would...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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