November 16, 2012

For awhile director Amy Heckerling had a good run of films in the 1980s and 1990s, responsible for two stone cold classics – Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and Clueless (1995) – and several popular comedies – National Lampoon’s European Vacation... 

My Dinner with Andre: Criterion Collection

June 19, 2009

When I was a kid my parents used to let me stay up and watch Siskel and Ebert on television. This was back in the day when they were still on PBS and had yet to hit the big time. Their show gave me my first exposure to Louis Malle’s My Dinner with Andre... 

Vanya on 42nd Street: Criterion Collection

February 20, 2006

Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) began in 1989 as an extended workshop by legendary stage director Andre Gregory. He assembled a cast of actors to rehears Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the abandoned Victory Theater on 42nd Street in New York City. They... 

Melinda and Melinda

February 4, 2006

Since the start of the ‘90s, Woody Allen’s films have been hit and miss affairs with audiences and critics alike. And yet, he continues to average a film a year, keeping his head down and plugging away, so that it almost becomes a right of passage... 

Clueless: “Whatever!” Edition

January 14, 2006

It’s amazing to think that Clueless (1995) is ten years old. This teenage remake of the Jane Austen novel Emma went on to influence what a generation of kids wore and said and launched the careers of several young actors. It presented a hyper-real world... 

The Incredibles: Collector’s Edition

August 29, 2005

The Incredibles (2004) marks the first effort from the collaboration between Brad Bird (responsible for The Iron Giant) and Pixar. Where Warner Brothers had no idea how to market Bird’s first film, Disney had no problem with promoting his new movie...