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2005 Stories by Ed Halter

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  • Film

    published December 20, 2005

    Lincoln Center's second tribute to animation's bop-bopping history, "Cartoon Musicals II" (December 28 through January 4), showcases everything... More >>

  • The Frames

    published November 29, 2005

    During a chat with charming octogenarian Amos Vogel in his cozy Greenwich Village apartment, his wife Marcia leaves briefly to bring back glasses... More >>

  • Gamers Show the Creators of Doom How It's Done

    published November 1, 2005

    Anyone who's played the fighting game Soul Calibur might suspect that its Voldo character is a bit weird, what with his leather-bound face, pervy... More >>

  • 'Shooting Magpies'

    published November 1, 2005

    Part of a long-standing British tradition seeking to represent the working class with greater respect and veracity, the Amber Collective has... More >>

  • Unsubstantial Celebratory Doc Not Much of a Pleasure Cruise

    published October 25, 2005

    A low-budget talking-headster about man-on-man action in the years between Stonewall and AIDS, Gay Sex in the 70s is lightly entertaining,... More >>

  • The Surreality of Daily Life

    published October 25, 2005

    Composed with the lurking logic of horror movie establishing shots, Chicago filmmaker Deborah Stratman's 16mm short In Order Not to Be... More >>

  • The Insider: Facing Homeland Insecurity in a Blue State

    published October 11, 2005

    Set in the unhinged months that stretched from 9-11 to the invasion of Iraq, The Time We Killed achieves a quiet power through... More >>

  • 'My Hand Outstretched: Films'

    published October 4, 2005

    Quietly awe inspiring in their precise, intricate construction, the films of Robert Beavers have no true parallel in avant-garde cinema, although... More >>

  • 'Secret History of the Dividing Line'

    published September 20, 2005

    At a time when avant-garde filmmaking leans more toward sensations and form than intellect and analysis, David Gatten's ambitious 16mm cycle ... More >>

  • Memories of Overdevelopment

    published September 6, 2005

    A dreamlike travelogue that transforms a mundane world into something strange and new, Jem Cohen's Chain crafts a fiction from visual... More >>

  • View Finder

    published August 23, 2005

    As evidenced in Michael Almereyda's subtle, elegant documentary, William Eggleston is in no hurry. When shooting, the lanky Southerner saunters... More >>

  • 'Mind Game'

    published August 23, 2005

    A virtuoso narrative loop-the-loop that travels through a phantasmagoric catalog of animation styles, Mind Game is not just one of the most... More >>

  • 'Short Attention Span Cinema: An Evening With Jeff Scher'

    published August 16, 2005

    They just don't make cartoons like they used to—literally. Last month, Disney closed its only remaining hand-drawn-animation studio, nixing... More >>

  • Hartman's Grime Opera and Downey's Dog Pound Highlight Howl!!

    published August 9, 2005

    Gentrification panic, boho narcissism, and aging anxiety have always seemed like suspiciously confluent mental conditions, and the revival of... More >>

  • Indie Film Guru Takes Family, Neuroses to Fiji

    published August 9, 2005

    When indie film guru John Pierson—of Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes fame—temporarily moved his wife and teenage son and daughter... More >>

  • Lost and Founder: Mekas's Restored Record of Exile and Longing

    published August 2, 2005

    No figure appears more firmly rooted in both the American avant-garde and downtown New York than Jonas Mekas: original film critic of The... More >>

  • Flop Gun: Join the Navy, See the World, Battle Bitchy Robot

    published July 26, 2005

    In Stealth, three elite navy pilots discover that their new wingman is an unmanned bomber with an electronic mind. The human trio fear... More >>

  • Reel News

    published July 19, 2005

    Angry picket lines and a gigantic inflatable rat no longer greet moviegoers at the new IFC Center, but the projectionists union continues to... More >>

  • Brutally Frank Views and a 24-Hour Federal Investigation

    published July 19, 2005

    Best known for his photography and filmmaking, Robert Frank has produced in the past two decades nearly a dozen remarkable video works that circle... More >>

  • 'Edgar G. Ulmer—The Man Off-Screen'

    published July 19, 2005

    "He had to take a rat and make Thanksgiving dinner out of it," says one fan in this well-wrought investigation of the often mysterious life of... More >>

  • Soggy Remake Takes On the Horrors of New York Real Estate

    published July 5, 2005

    A gothic horror redesigned in modernist architecture, Dark Water literalizes the truism that New York real estate is a nightmare. In the... More >>

  • Body Language

    published June 14, 2005

    Kiddie birthday entertainment seems like an unlikely origin for the roughest, toughest new urban dance phenomenon, but such is the genealogy... More >>

  • People Person

    published June 7, 2005

    Visionary storyteller Miranda July is perhaps the worst-kept secret in American filmmaking. Though Cannes laureled her elegantly emotive feature... More >>

  • Man Shows

    published May 24, 2005

    Catherine Hardwicke turns from girl problems to boy problems for Lords of Dogtown, translating Thirteen's Angeleno teen ennui into a... More >>

  • Barely Legal Art: Testing the Outer Limits of Copyright Laws

    published May 17, 2005

    Park Slope: not exactly an outlaw hotbed. But folks there will be able to experience some barely legal entertainment Tuesday when copyright... More >>

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