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Film, The Big Joke

The Big Joke

Film festival audiences in search of some chuckles have rather thin fare to select from this spring. Alice Nellis' Some Secrets is typical: The laughs are tepid as a dysfunctional extended family takes a two-car caravan from the Czech Republic…
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Film, Stylish Savagery

Stylish Savagery

The sophistication -- sexual and otherwise -- that once epitomized French cinema certainly hasn't gone out of style. However, Gallic filmmakers increasingly present civilization as merely a polished illusion barely masking society's brutality. Their movies, while teeming with style, verve,…
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