The mean girls of Rome: ‘Caterina in the Big City’

Fans of The Great Beauty, this year's winner for Best Foreign-Language Film, should seek out this little-known comic gem from 2003. Like Paolo Sorrentino's Oscar winner, it's a witty portrait of modern-day Italy — seen here through the eyes of an eighth-grade girl. Read more [...]

Werner Herzog’s ‘Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans’: Crazy in the best possible way

This Friday at the Aero in Santa Monica, with Nicolas Cage and Werner Herzog in person: Nicolas Cage is compulsively watchable in Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. His line readings are often bonkers, and I mean that as the highest possible praise. Read more [...]

The inescapable James Franco

In 2013, this unsuspecting Movie Analyst finds himself waylaid by James Franco at every turn. "Zelig like" doesn't begin to describe how Franco keeps turning up everywhere, in the most unlikely circumstances, and no one can say whether it's all part of some inscrutable performance art project. Read more [...]

This week in NYC: David Bowie’s film career looks good in retrospect

This week in New York, The Film Society of Lincoln Center hosts a retrospective of David Bowie's film and video work — a collection of almost nothing but cult movies and intriguing rarities. A couple of the more obscure entries in Bowie's acting resume are what make this series stand out. Read more [...]