It’s not often that one medium of artful expression can get me so excited about another one. But Howl managed to do just that. This is, perhaps, the films best, and most delightful trait. The words of Allen Ginsberg are turned into a vibrant world of self-expression, and not just lines in a book with no countenance of their own to speak of. James Franco is Allen Ginsberg. The film is directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman who also... Read More

An American Crime

Remember that sinking feeling in the spring of 2005, when it was announced that Michael Bay would be directing Transformers?  The world’s population of cinema buffs took one big collective sigh and gave up on the hopes of a worthy homage to one of the most beloved toys of the eighties.  It’s a perfect example of how a good idea can go so, so wrong in the hands of the wrong director.  The same is true of the 2007 Sundance film An American... Read More


His name is Gus Van Sant, and he’s here to recruit you.  Van Sant seems to be an auteur of the best kind: doing things only because it pleases him.  Don’t believe this?  Watch Gerry.  While all his movies provide something interesting, his forays into mainstream narratives usually yield the greatest rewards.  Milk falls into this category and will please everyone willing to give it a chance. Milk follows the true life story of Harvey... Read More

The Dead Girl

I don’t know why, but as I perused the aisles of Blockbuster the other night (aisles that I have practically memorized), this DVD just happened to catch my eye.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe it’s a subconscious fascination with the morbid.  Anyway, I picked up The Dead Girl and was astounded at the list of what I consider to be A-list actors, and at the fact I’d never even heard of this 2006 release. When I saw Brittany Murphy... Read More