Author: Mark Athitakis

Vagabond

Vagabond

The English title of Agnès Varda's 1985 masterpiece is accurate enough: The film tells the story of Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire), a young homeless woman who wanders the French countryside during the course of one winter,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg stunned audiences at the Cannes Film Festival in 1964, landing the prestigious Palme d'Or. What the audience responded to was a triple whammy of film innovation that's just as powerful today...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Myra Breckinridge

Myra Breckinridge

The appropriate response to Myra Breckinridge is wide-eyed bafflement; anybody with anything resembling taste will recognize it as an awful movie within ten minutes. Released in 1970 and under practically Soviet-style repression until now, it...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

King of Bluegrass: The Life & Times of Jimmy Martin

King of Bluegrass: The Life & Times of Jimmy Martin

Editor's Note: Jimmy Martin died of cancer on May 14, 2005. He was 77.Jimmy Martin isn't dead yet, but his tombstone - a large one - is already in place in eastern Tennessee. It's inscribed...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pennies from Heaven

Pennies from Heaven

From the start of his career, Steve Martin was eager to kill his image as the man with the arrow through his head, the wild and crazy guy, the Jerk. But in 1981, when he...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Straw Dogs

Straw Dogs

The movies you love best aren't always the ones whose ideas you agree with. D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation is easy to admire for its technical innovation but easy to despise for its virulent...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Owning Mahowny

Owning Mahowny

If there's any actor today who's blessed with being born at the right time, it's Philip Seymour Hoffman. Roly-poly, anxious, and pathetic-looking, in the '30s he'd play a bit role in noirs as a heavy....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Jandek on Corwood

Jandek on Corwood

The history of popular music is littered with strange obscurities, but few come quite so strange - and none so willfully obscure - as Jandek. Since 1978, a man operating under that pseudonym has been...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Coming on the heels of John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven three years earlier, 1963's The Great Escape shows how quickly the ambitious epic can turn into a rote, readymade piece of filmmaking - a Hollywood...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Real Cancun

The Real Cancun

Six, if you must know. That's how many pairs of breasts get bared in The Real Cancun. Maybe more: For a movie that sells itself as a celebration of non-stop partying, it's damn hard to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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