The Corporation

The Corporation is a 2 1/2 hour highly structured documentary directed by Mark Achbar, who produced and directed the Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media in 1992. For anyone who is interested in the rise of "The Corporation" as a governing institution in the United States, Canada and the world, this is a movie to see. It felt like 2 1/2 hours of a college class on the coming and going and status of democracy, civics, economics, history, health, geography, manufacturing, … [Read more...]

Maria Full of Grace

Maria Full of Grace was truly a difficult film to experience because it is visceral to the core. Maria is a 17 year old girl who lives in a village outside of Bogota, Colombia. She works on a flower plantation, and de-thorns long stem roses for export. She quits when her boss refuses to let her take bathroom breaks; she has just discivered she is pregnant. Maria helps support a house full of women: her grandmother, unmarried single-mom sister, Diana, her nephew and her mother. They … [Read more...]

The Village

(This may be considered by some to be a spoiler... You might want to read it after you see the film). M. Knight Shyamalan has done it again. He has created another horror film with THE VILLAGE. Sure, there's a difference between this and SIGNS or THE SIXTH SENSE, or even UNBREAKABLE and WIDE AWAKE (a little movie that people who treasure family films - in the best sense of the word - will love). All of these have a spiritual dimension, other worldly. What binds all of these … [Read more...]

The Bourne Supremacy

I am a fan of author Robert Ludlum who died in 2001. His spy-thrillers are still a good read, though many took place during the Cold War. One of my favorites is "The Road to Gondolfo" from the early 1980's about some mafia guys who kidnap the Pope for ransom, but he's so happy to be out of the Vatican, he doesn't want to go back. Reminded me of "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O'Henry. Now, people are finishing books Ludlum started before he died, and I think they keep up the tradition … [Read more...]

I, Robot

It was a toss-up: I, Robot or Catwoman? I, Robot won. Be warned: this may be a bit of a spoiler. I am always prepared to like a Will Smith film, and this one started off okay. I, Robot is a sci-fi action film based on the collection of short stories of the same title written by Isaac Asimov and published in 1950. Science fiction is an okay genre for me; I don't seek it out because it seems to always be a variation of the same theme (I am willing to be enlightened on this, however): what is … [Read more...]


I went to see Anchorman this morning. The story of Ron Burgundy played by Will Ferrell, meets the emerging feminism of the 1970's in the person of Veronica Corningstone, played well enough by Christina Applegate. Hold that syllable there: Corn-ie. I think they had more fun making it than what actually made it through the editing suite. Adolescent body-part sexual-inuendo pseudo-machismo ... humor? Poor San Diego. Why? I liked Ferrell better as Buddy the Elf.   … [Read more...]

Spider-Man 2

"Ecastatic" may be overstating my mood somewhat after seeing Spider-Man 2, but I liked it ever so much - and it's the closest adjective on the list the Journal provides to express my response. Better than Spider-Man (2002)? You bet! Spider-Man 2, for its comic book, action-super hero premise, is actually a morality tale about character and virtue. The bottom line: "Don't listen to them; we have to be steady, give up what we want the most, even our dreams, to do the right thing." Lots to talk … [Read more...]

I’ll Sleep When I Am Dead

I'll Sleep When I Am Dead is a bleak, overcast, British film noir tale that leads the audience through the dark streets and underbelly of London's criminal world on a quest for a reason that morphs into revenge. It is about the deception of memories - and the myths they create. Davey is the younger brother of former crime lord, Will (excellent performance by Clive Owen of King Arthur and Greenfingers - one of my favorite films.) Will had left London three years before and has been drifting … [Read more...]

The Clearing

In the midst of movies that entertain, others that are disturbing for various reasons, and others that are mostly about nothing in particular, The Clearing is an exceptional small thriller about the transparency and ultimately the transcendence of married love. Robert Redford plays Wayne, a self-made multi-millionaire who started is own car rental and then consulting business. Eileen, his wife, is played by Helen Mirren. Wayne gets kidnapped one day by the mentally ill, out-of-work, … [Read more...]

Fahrenheit 9/11

On November 9, 2002, I began my essay on Bowling for Columbine: White Men with Guns thus: "The massacre of April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado affected our national psyche very deeply. Eric Harris' and Dylan Klebold's actions that day remain mysteriously or at best unsatisfactorily unexplained by a hodgepodge of accusations and ideas. I found Michael Moore's haunting, ironic, and pseudo- … [Read more...]