ELIZABETH TAYLOR

Such a brave, kind heart, and those violet eyes. And that silver laugh! Elizabeth Taylor was a great beauty and, in Joseph Losey’s “Secret Ceremony,” a brilliant actress: 1968’s BEST actress. She was marvelous, too, in “A Place in the Sun,” “Giant,” “Raintree County,” “Butterfield 8,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” “The Taming of the […]

NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS (Bahman Ghobadi, 2009)

When it was falsely rumored that his next film would confront the disputed results of Iran’s 2009 presidential election, Iran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced Jafar Panahi to six years of imprisonment and prohibited his making another film, or engaging in political activity or traveling, for twenty years. Although it deals with musicians rather than filmmakers, Bahman […]

SPIDER LILIES (Zero Chou, 2007)

There is a touch of Kathleen Turner’s China Blue, from Ken Russell’s Crimes of Passion (1984), in Rainie Yang’s 18-year-old Jade in Ci qing, a consideration of haunted, alienated contemporary youth. Bedecked in a “glossy green” wig that underscores her artificial, aimless existence, Jade foists her Web-cam fantasies on visitors to her strutting Website, one […]