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  • Film

    published December 30, 2003

    The unknown gem in the Walter Reade's ambitious sci-fi show, Avalon is a "live-action" feature by anime maestro Mamoru Oshii—acquired by... More >>

  • Toni Collette Lips Her Stocking in a Culture-Clash Road Movie

    published December 30, 2003

    Japanese Story might be as accurately titled The Toni Collette Movie. The Australian actress (an Oscar nominee for her role as Haley... More >>

  • Goodbye Youth, Goodbye

    published December 30, 2003

    Likely the world's most revered director—atleast in the land of cinephilia—Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien plunges headlong into gaga... More >>

  • Lost in America

    published December 23, 2003

    America must be coming back. The Take Five winner is Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, listed on just under half of the 84 ballots... More >>

  • Scanners

    published December 23, 2003

    Modern Times is the headline attraction in this set, which also contains new digital transfers of Chaplin's most famous silent feature,... More >>

  • A Chaplin classic sounds off on Hollywood dream factory

    published December 23, 2003

    The title alone would mark Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times as a period piece. In fact, Chaplin's most elaborate feature was anachronistic... More >>

  • Tracking Shots

    published December 16, 2003

    Expanded from his student short, Jonathan Kesselman's first feature conflates two particular Jewish American mindsets—the longing for a... More >>

  • A '60s Mr. Death Explains the Calculus of Military Slaughter

    published December 16, 2003

    In a year distinguished by many strong documentaries, none feels more important than The Fog of War. Indeed, Errol Morris's new essay,... More >>

  • Final Fantasy

    published December 16, 2003

    The most hallucinatory of war films, The Return of the King concludes the Lord of the Rings trilogy with a burst of smoky grandeur.... More >>

  • Tracking Shots

    published December 9, 2003

    Two rarely shown movies shed additional light on the enigmatic personality of that one-man Soviet new wave, Boris Barnet (1902-1965). By the... More >>

  • Muse It Or Lose It: Dutch Treat Inspires Vermeer Masterpiece

    published December 9, 2003

    A more agreeable, less inflated historical fantasy than Big Fish (see above), Girl With a Pearl Earring signals its interest in what... More >>

  • Father Knows Less

    published December 9, 2003

    "When the truth becomes legend, print the legend" is the advice a sage newspaper editor offers to wrap up John Ford's essay in American... More >>

  • Tracking Shots

    published December 2, 2003

    Portly and sardonic, the German actor Kurt Gerron was a star of Weimar cabaret. He introduced "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" in the original... More >>

  • Fifty Years Later, an All-star Service Drama Still Makes Waves

    published December 2, 2003

    Celebrating its golden anniversary (and the 62nd coming of Pearl Harbor Day) with an excellent restoration, From Here to Eternity ponders... More >>

  • The Robe Warrior

    published December 2, 2003

    Hokey and predictable, The Last Samurai is unlikely to garner the ringing endorsements accorded a more novel exercise in martial... More >>

  • Screen Texts

    published November 25, 2003

    Guy Debord: Complete Cinematic Works Translated and edited by Ken Babb A.K. Press The rarely seen movies produced by the... More >>

  • The Art of Noise

    published November 25, 2003

    Is there a way for foreign movies to avoid the curse of subtitles? Not with mime but with noise. The spirits of Mickey Mouse and Jacques Tati... More >>

  • Jump Cuts

    published November 18, 2003

    In addition to many explosions, the restored Duck, You Sucker includes the following scenes and shots, excised from previous American... More >>

  • The Revolution Will Be Westernized: Leone's Nutty, Lefty Epic

    published November 18, 2003

    The most abstract and eccentric of Sergio Leone epics, Duck, You Sucker (a/k/a A Fistful of Dynamite, a/k/a Once Upon a Time . .... More >>

  • Heaven Can Weight

    published November 18, 2003

    Predicated on the magic of disjunctive editing, Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams is as much jigsaw puzzle as... More >>

  • Film

    published November 11, 2003

    Lars von Trier's 1987 Epidemic (as in "Catch it"—Rolling Stone) was the Danish provocateur's second theatrical film, as well as... More >>

  • Revisiting the Felliniesque, a Half-Century After His First Hit

    published November 11, 2003

    Federico Fellini never made a movie outside of Italy—let alone in Hollywood—but he was the most universally pop of post-war European... More >>

  • Thar He Blows

    published November 11, 2003

    Master and Commander, directed by Peter Weir from the first of the late Patrick O'Brian's 20 naval adventure novels, is a spectacle at once... More >>

  • Film

    published November 4, 2003

    Shot in Black Panther Oakland in the early '70s, the legendary funkadelic independent Afro-centric underground blaxploitation film Space Is the... More >>

  • Recall Sequel in Venezuela? Hugo Your Way, We'll Go Ours

    published November 4, 2003

    Ripped from the headlines by a fortuitously situated pair of Irish tele-journalists, Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain, The Revolution Will Not... More >>

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