Keith Archive

DVD Review: ‘Futuro Beach’

Opening on a shot of motorbikes criss-crossing sand dunes set to Suicide’s “Ghost Rider” (“America, America is killing its youth”), Futuro Beach affects an air of fatalist cool that quickly dissipates when one of these bikers dies in the film’s opening minutes, drowning in ...Read More

DVD Review: ‘Jonah Lives’

Writer-director Luis Carvalho opts for a grab-bag approach to the horror genre in Jonah Lives — the title character of which is a kind of zombie-cum-demon-cum-slasher — but, like so many who try their hands at horror, he gets way too bogged down in ...Read More

DVD Review: ‘First Period’

Boys in girls’ clothing. It is perhaps the oldest and, even at this late date, one of the most reliable laughs in comedy. But, as “It’s Pat” and “Nuns on the Run” have taught us, crossdressing is not enough to sustain a feature-length film. ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Tangerines’

Despite its setting amidst a highly regionalized conflict most Americans (this reviewer included) know nothing about, the 1992-93 War in Abkhazia between Georgians and Abkhazian separatists, Tangerines (which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film) is a universal story in ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Candlestick’

Candlestick opens with a Saul Bass-ian credits sequence set to music clearly inspired by Bernard Herrmann’s score for Psycho, thus preparing us for something delightfully Hitchcockian, but what follows is less Hitchcock than low-rent Agatha Christie. Candlestick wants badly to be a classic murdery ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘The House Across The Street’

From Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt to David Lynch’s Blue Velvet to The Americans, the idea that evil lurks just below the scrubbed-clean surface of America’s small towns and suburbs has been so fully ingrained into the popular consciousness that at this point ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Hooked Up’

I have never been to Barcelona, nor do I know anyone from that historic city, but having met plenty of drunk American douchebags, I can sympathize with a movie that takes some delight in avenging the native Barcelonan against the Ugly American party-tourist. And ...Read More

DVD Review: ‘Salvation Army’

Salvation Army, the directorial debut of Moroccan writer Abdellah Taia who based the film on his autobiographical novel, is a film of remarkable quietude. There is an intensity to the quiet that is perhaps borne of the film’s subject matter—growing up gay in Morocco. ...Read More