Sideways (2004)

Apr 28, 2006 by Mr. Nau This quirky buddy picture about two guys touring Southern California’s wine country gets the audience deeply involved in a well-written story. The acting is superb and the bittersweet relations between men and women in this film make it a highly compelling watch for anyone, full of poignance and humor. […]

I Am David (2003)

A poignant tale about a determined boy who escapes a Soviet work camp in Bulgaria to travel alone across Europe, this beautiful picture features astonishing acting performances, sudden and unexpected tear-jerking moments, a magnificently written and realized script, and a grand sense of scale that takes the breath away. Grade: A. IMDB: I Am David.

The Corporation (2003)

Apr 20, 2006 by Mr. Nau This powerful documentary about the rise and dominance of large corporations attempts to educate the public on the relaxation of laws to accomodate and empower large business entities. The comparison between corporate behavior and that of psychopaths is eye-opening. While well-intentioned, this powerful indictment runs too long. Grade: B-. […]

Primer (2004)

This ISA-nominated thriller shows what a miniscule budget and an excellent script can do. Two friends with a garage-based technology startup discover that the machine they’re working on creates a loop in time. Competently produced and directed by a first-timer, this engrossing film delivers compelling dramatic tension. Grade: A-. IMDB: Primer.

V for Vendetta (2005)

The Wachowski Brothers redeem themselves in this Oscar-worthy adaptation of an Alan Moore graphic novel, set in a totalitarian Britain run by religious fundamentalists. Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, and a host of English stars tell a compelling story with eye-popping special effects, solid acting, and a thrilling soundtrack. Grade: A-. IMDB: V for Vendetta.

The Aviator (2004)

Apr 07, 2006 by Mr. Nau Leonardo DiCaprio handles his role as Howard Hughes with credibility, grace, and charm, with an incredible cast of talent, including Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, and John C. Reilly. This intimate portrait of a true original (and true eccentric) sheds light on an interesting life and the glamor that surrounded […]

Garden State (2004)

Apr 03, 2006 by Mr. Nau Zach Braff writes and directs his filmmaking debut, a quirky comedy about an aspiring actor who returns home to New Jersey after his mother dies. The eccentric cast of characters, the fun soundtrack, brilliant acting by Braff, Natalie Portman, and Peter Sarsgaard, and a beautiful story make this film […]

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Clint Eastwood directs a magnificent Oscar-winning film about a working-class woman with ambitions toward becoming a professional boxer. We follow Maggie Fitzgerald as she tries to find a coach and improve her skills. Stunning acting performances by Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman make this movie a masterpiece. Grade: A+. IMDB: Million Dollar Baby.