Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.
This elliptical gay romance by the Brazilian writer and director Karim Aïnouz follows its heroes from the warmly golden beach of the title to the cool dampness of Berlin.
2015-02-26 | JEANNETTE CATSOULIS | Read the New York Times Review of Praia do Futuro
With this surfing documentary, Dana Brown takes over the family business. His father is Bruce Brown, whose 1966 "The Endless Summer" became one of the most successful documentaries of all time, as it followed a group of clean-cut surfing champions on a world tour. The younger Mr. Brown was the co-writer and an associate producer on "The Endless Summer II," a sequel released in 1994; with "Step Into Liquid," he assumes the entire process, which includes writing, edited and delivering the casual, conversational narration that the senior Mr. Brown made a trademark of his films. With its astounding views of angry seascapes, its handsome young men (and a few women) poised atop 10-foot waves with the serenity and aplomb of an equestrian statue in Central Park, nonstop soundtrack of old and new surfing songs (Richard Gibbs contributed an original score as well) and a pervasive philosophy that views life as fun and self-fulfillment as the highest good, what is there not to like? — Dave Kehr
2003-08-08 | Dave Kehr | Read the New York Times Review of Step Into Liquid
In this epic of war and a lesson in tolerance, John Woo is meticulous in melding his own intimate style into the clichés of a large-scale war movie, paying homage to all the tired conventions of the genre; it's an honor these clichés don't deserve. Driving the plot is the tension between Sergeant Enders (Nicholas Cage) and Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach), a young marine who is being trained along with other Navajos during World War II to transmit information from the battle front, because their native language is a code that cannot be broken by the Japanese. The picture invents an angle — kill the Navajos if they're captured, a battle condition of which there's no known record — and ignores the more compelling truth: that the Navajos are prevented from being active participants in the same war in which Native Americans raised the flag at Iwo Jima. — Elvis Mitchell
2002-06-14 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Windtalkers