Inland Empire

September 13, 2007

“A woman in trouble.” That is David Lynch’s concise synopsis for his latest film, Inland Empire (2006), but it could easily describe any one of his female protagonists, from Lula traveling along the weird, yellow brick road in Wild at Heart (1990)... 

Fried Green Tomatoes: Anniversary Edition

June 14, 2006

Every decade has its chick flicks that define those years and feature a who’s who of up-and-coming actresses mixed with veterans. In the 1980s, it was Steel Magnolias (1989) and in the 1990s it was Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), a southern folktale based... 

My Own Private Idaho

August 25, 2005

Van Sant skillfully legitimized everyday existence with Mala Noche (1986) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989) by presenting fascinating explorations into street life. These films never exploited or romanticized their rather seedy subject matter, but viewed the... 

The Grudge

August 19, 2005

A lot was riding on Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new movie, The Grudge (2004). If it failed at the box office she could be faced with the prospect of more Scooby Doo sequels while its success could lead to bigger and better things. After all, it was her... 

Wild at Heart: Special Edition

June 20, 2005

By 1990, David Lynch was at the peak of his popularity and enjoying the most productive period of his career. His television show, Twin Peaks, had captivated American audiences and he was directing a number of commercials and performance art pieces (Industrial...