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  • Fedora

    Fedora

    ★★★½

    Billy Wilder's penultimate film, and his last with ambitions of achieving greatness. Fedora is sort of a thematic follow-up to Sunset Boulevard, which sounds like the perfect coda. And the setup is excellent - thematically dense, full of secrets and mythology and pure cinema. It's an exquisite film for about an hour. But then the big turning point comes around, and brings with it a very long sequence that has to expose a lot of back story, and this is…

  • Buddy Buddy

    Buddy Buddy

    ★★★½

    Billy Wilder at 75 directing his last film. Bringing back the duo of Matthau and Lemmon, those guys certainly had a unique chemistry. Add Klaus Kinski as a raving sex clinic guru, and it's starting to sound absurd. Base all the comedy on death, assasinations, slapstick suicide attempts and other tragedies, and it's starting to sound subversive. Maybe it doesn't live up to that potential - it's clearly a film made by tired old men. But even an over the hill Billy Wilder effort is better than most other filmmakers at their creative peak.

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  • The Fanatic

    The Fanatic

    ★★★½

    Yes, it's a B-movie. It wears the badge proudly. Let's put our impeccable tastes aside. Look at Travolta going at it with all the gusto he can grab. He'll have plenty of time to be low-key when he's laid out on the slab.

  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★

    First it's a silly zombie movie; then it's a slightly less silly movie about how much hard work it takes to make even a silly zombie movie; the actors' struggle, the boom operator's struggle, the continuous problems on the camera department, and so on. Somewhere along the line it becomes a film about the creative process - and a love letter to the craft of indie filmmaking.