Author: Jake Euker

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel

"People come and people go, and nothing ever happens at the Grand Hotel." Thus observes Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone) of the Berlin hotel that serves as the setting for the Oscar-winning 1932 film. The film,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

From the moment his 16-minute Surrealist dirty bomb Un Chien andalou was dropped on an unsuspecting Paris in 1929 until the time of his death in Mexico in 1983, director Luis Buñuel patiently and gleefully...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Hands Over the City

Hands Over the City

Anyone who's seen In the Heat of the Night knows all about Rod Steiger's way with inflections. Playing a small-town sheriff and foil to Sidney Poitier's polished, Philadelphia outsider, Steiger wrings meaning from his lines...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

The Devil and Daniel Webster

The Devil and Daniel Webster

It's the 1840s, and times are tough for New Hampshire farmer Jabez Stone, just as they are for other New Englanders. He's a hard-working, God-fearing man, but he's prone to cursing ("consarn it" is his...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

Was there any film so anxiously awaited in the late 1980s and early 1990s as Wild at Heart? The picture was released to a cult that had just been born: that of its director, David...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Shame

Shame

Most of us in America never felt the recent war in Iraq in a tangible, day-to-day way. There are those of us who lost loved ones, of course, but what I refer to here is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cure

Cure

In and around Tokyo, a series of unrelated murders have an eerie common characteristic: the victims, killed by those well-known to them, are each branded by an X carved into their torso just below the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Belly of an Architect

The Belly of an Architect

Architect Stourley Kracklite (Brian Dennehy) arrives in Rome, where an exhibition of the works of the 18th-century architect Etienne-Louis Boullée is being mounted under Kracklite's supervision. The city - or something - doesn't sit with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Un Chien andalou

Un Chien andalou

It was released in 1929, but it still has the power to make audiences cringe today and it may remain the most notorious 16 minutes of film ever made. Called by director Luis Buñuel a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Titanic (1943)

Titanic (1943)

The production of this 1943 Titanic was a cinematic disaster to rank alongside the maritime disaster it depicts. And it couldn't have happened to nicer folks: the Nazis. The story goes like this:Titanic was a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Early Summer

Early Summer

Yasujiro Ozu was still largely unknown to Western audiences when his delicate family drama Early Summer was released in 1951. Since that time, new prints of the film have no doubt been made; still, I...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Gift (2003)

The Gift (2003)

By comparison with the new Louise Hogarth documentary The Gift, the shenanigans of the best fictional horror films seem like child's play. About a subculture of gay men who actively seek to become infected with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cleopatra (2003)

Cleopatra (2003)

As Cleopatra, a retired Buenos Aires school teacher who is struggling to get by after her husband's layoff, and whose children long ago moved away, actress Norma Aleandro has a real screen presence. Her character...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

La Ciénaga

La Ciénaga

Reviews of Argentinean director Lucrecia Martel's second feature, 2004's The Holy Girl, tended toward the same complaint: the plot was unshaped, despite the presence of an obviously gifted director. Call it a sophomore slump, then,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Village of the Damned (1960)

Village of the Damned (1960)

The creepiest moment in the recent horror film Godsend - maybe the only creepy moment - occurs when the boy around whom the action is centered informs his father, in a steady, vaguely threatening voice,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Fearless Vampire Killers

The Fearless Vampire Killers

Even when he's at his most serious (The Pianist), his most stately (Tess), his most gruesome (Macbeth), Roman Polanski is a director with a keen, sardonic black wit. The "real" world, for Polanski, is one...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Don't Ask Don't Tell

It's very, very broad, but then Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily? was broad, too. The latter title comes to mind because the concept is the same: Comic writers take an existing movie - something...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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World UFO Day: The alien soundtrack to your life

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