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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Higher Ground</i>'s Vera Farmiga Talks About Spirituality, Women in Film, and Directing While Pregnant

Higher Ground's Vera Farmiga Talks About Spirituality, Women in Film, and Directing While Pregnant

Vera Farmiga loved Carolyn Briggs' memoir, called This Dark World but later renamed Higher Ground, when Tim Metcalfe sent it to her. Metcalfe had worked on the screenplay for the film adaptation with Briggs; it's about a woman in a…
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Film, "Higher Ground": Vera Farmiga's Well-Meaning but Inert Directorial Debut

"Higher Ground": Vera Farmiga's Well-Meaning but Inert Directorial Debut

At one point in Higher Ground, Vera Farmiga's decade-spanning directorial debut, the actress, playing Corinne, a woman still soaked with lake water after her baptism into an evangelical sect, resembles no less a touchstone than Ronee Blakley in Robert Altman's…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Quid Pro Quo</i>

Quid Pro Quo

For its first half-hour, Quid Pro Quo flirts with the kind of sexual perversity that fueled Crash, David Cronenberg’s lurid 1996 film about a subculture of auto-erotics. But the opening scenes prove little more than a tease, for there is…
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Film, <i>Scared</i> Stiff

Scared Stiff

If you have any awareness at all of the existence of Running Scared -- no, not the Gregory Hines/Billy Crystal cop buddy comedy, but the new film written and directed by Wayne Kramer -- chances are you have but one…
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Film, Mama Junkie

Mama Junkie

Those among you who are easily impressionable, be warned: Down to the Bone features irresponsible behavior that should not be duplicated at home. On Halloween night, as she preps her kids for costumed fun, Irene (Vera Farmiga) augments her own…
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