Criterion: Local Hero absorbs its surroundings

If we could keep it all within the confines of Ferness, life would be perfect. Even if the town is open to another deal.

Another Look: Natural Born Killers (No Stars) still deserves the Golden Sombrero

The real conspiracy is, with the editing style and stupid storytelling, people just don't like watching a bad film. Well, maybe some people. The Columbine killers code named their attack "NBK."

Another Look: True Romance Director’s Cut (***1/2) is Tony Scott overriding Tarantino

The result is a good, not great first script. There are two fantastic moments and many good ones to boot. It's not much more than that, even as Tarantino's legend rises beyond what anyone imagined.

Nightwatch (**1/2) – Looks better than it is

The only other film I have seen of Bernedal's is The Possession, which is a wholesale improvement. He is able to concentrate on atmosphere and leave the script to someone else. One can see the connections between here and there. I would prefer to be there.

Criterion: Shallow Grave (***) isn't deep enough

"From an historical perspective, perhaps one can understand this being a Criterion release. I know some of this is dependent on what they can get the rights to overall. As a film, this one is kind of forgettable, if technically proficient. It's a good first attempt. "