While the glory days of personal and political studio pictures like "Easy Rider" and "Midnight Cowboy" may seem long gone, replaced by a global-blockbuster mentality, a number of this year's most…
If the Sept. 28 DVD release of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and high-profile launch event with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet helped the movie draw four Golden Globes noms, then maybe a…
With "Sideways," his full-bodied fourth feature, Alexander Payne has moved from the fringes of Hollywood to front and center as the embodiment of a new humanism in American cinema.
War leaves scars on everything it touches, and local film industries are far from immune.
Unlike "The Aviator" star Leonardo DiCaprio and one of its producers, Michael Mann, Martin Scorsese never really had a particular urge to bring the Howard Hughes story to the screen, but the project…
Looking back at Bill Condon's directorial efforts inevitably brings to mind the Roger Corman school of filmmaking.
Michael Mann began "Collateral" with a directorial challenge. He wanted to know if it was possible to collapse an entire human life into a 10-hour narrative frame and them collapse that frame into a…
"The Passion of the Christ" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" were two of the most profitable films of the year. Along the way, these films' directors, Mel Gibson and Michael Moore, have been treated as both…
As if upping the ante on how far he can challenge his audience and delve into taboo-laden territory, Pedro Almodovar delivers his most serious, sobering work to date with "Bad Education."
British maverick Mike Leigh seems a tad disappointed that his abortionist drama "Vera Drake" has not become embroiled in America's culture wars. "There hasn't been many vociferous negative reactions…