When "The Sound of Music" claimed the best picture Oscar in the spring of 1966, the so-called "New Hollywood," which ushered in a more liberal attitude toward sex and violence in the movies, was…
Until "Hairspray," Adam Shankman was known mostly as a choreographer and director of light comedies like "Bringing Down the House." But the New Line musical, which combines the unabashed exuberance…
With "Lust, Caution" Lee delves into a little-known aspect of WWII: the underground resistance in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. But the helmer has an uncanny talent for making the epic intimate and…
No one can accuse Haynes of not breaking the mold when it comes to the all-too-predictable pop biopic. In his underground Karen Carpenter film "Superstar," he used Barbie dolls to paint an unsettling…
It's easy to think of Nichols, who presaged "the New Hollywood" with films like "The Graduate" and "Carnal Knowledge," as not quite the provocateur of old. But with "Charlie Wilson's War," about the…
The three films directed by Schnabel, an abstract expressionist painter who gained notoriety during the art boom of the '80s, involve creative personalities who struggle against the odds to express…
Seventies American cinema has been invoked in more than a few instances lately by critics who see flashes of that era's maverick spirit in many of the current crop of Oscar hopefuls.
Films about pop figures, especially of the live-fast-die-young variety, have become a staple of cinema, and often breakout vehicles for actors.
In the Academy's 79 years of doling out statuettes, only three Westerns have won the Oscar for best picture: the practically ancient "Cimarron" (1931), the Civil War-era "Dances With Wolves" (1990)…
The Coen brothers' penchant for picaresque heroes and novelist Cormac McCarthy's brutal depictions of decaying values in the New West have found a harmonic convergence in "No Country for Old Men."
The phrase "feel-bad" movie has been invoked more than once in the media recently to describe a spate of films that could fall under the rubric "On Death and Dying."