2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, inspired by co-scenarist Arthur C. Clarke’s story “The Sentinel,” has always been problematic. Psychoanalytic literary critic Norman N. Holland once said it is both very good and very bad, and America’s premier film critic, Andrew Sarris, followed up his original damning assessment of Kubrick’s nonsense with another, far more […]

THE INNER TOUR (Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, 2001)

Among the recent spate of Israeli films (made prior to the Second Intifada beginning September 2000) that attempt to “humanize” Palestinians, The Inner Tour, co-produced by Israelis and Palestinians, may be the most melancholy and moving. Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s documentary revolves around a situation that the Palestinian uprising has made no longer possible: a three-day journey […]