The Last Days of Disco: Criterion Collection

August 19, 2009

With The Last Days of Disco (1998), Whit Stillman completed his loose-knit trilogy of films about doomed Preppies in love. Much like vintage Woody Allen, the characters in Stillman’s films exist in a hermetically-sealed world on the Upper East Side... 

The Grudge 2

February 21, 2007

Was this a sequel that really needed to be made? The previous film was a remake of the Japanese horror film, Ju-On (2003) and directed by the same filmmaker – Takashi Shimizu – but the American version felt like a diluted rehash that had its moments... 

The L Word: Season 2

February 5, 2006

The L Word is a fascinating drama about a group of lesbians living in Los Angeles. Airing on Showtime frees the program from the restraints of network TV and allows it to explore issues of sexuality in a more frank and open way. Thanks to the success... 

Mission Without Permission

May 20, 2005

When dad gets sick it’s up to Maddy and her clever friends to come up with the money for his operation and it just so happens mom is in charge at the new bank… Mission Without Permission (also known as Catch That Kid) tries to do the kiddie... 

Runaway Jury

June 21, 2003

The umpteenth John Grisham courtroom drama also happens to be one of the best, with Cusack, Hoffman and Hackman chewing the scenery like hungry dogs. You’d be forgiven for passing by Runaway Jury in the shops, thinking it was just another Grisham...