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  • The Reich Stuff

    published December 28, 2004

    The title Hitler's Hit Parade may sound flip but it's not exactly an oxymoron. For a dozen years, everyone—or almost everyone—in... More >>

  • Whither underground: America's favorite gun-toting heiress

    published November 16, 2004

    The abduction of Patty Hearst was a fantastic pageant. The Symbionese Liberation Army—a gang of crazy, mixed-up, mainly privileged white kids... More >>

  • Film

    published November 16, 2004

    Lou Ye's 2000 Suzhou River daringly transplanted Vertigo to Shanghai and transformed the city's canals into an urban stream of... More >>

  • Two or Three Things He Knows

    published November 16, 2004

    Notre Musique is the latest, but scarcely the least, of Jean-Luc Godard's elegies for 20th-century Europe, the cinema, and himself.... More >>

  • As Years Go By

    published November 9, 2004

    Days of Being Wild is the movie with which Wong Kar-wai became Wong Kar-wai—the most influential, passionate, and romantic of... More >>

  • Film

    published November 2, 2004

    Blame Quentin: In 1997, a loudmouthed 28-year-old bartender named Troy Duffy sold his ultra-violent vigilante script The Boondock Saints... More >>

  • The XXX Files

    published November 2, 2004

    The title of Bill Condon's previous film Gods and Monsters could work for his latest, Kinsey. For some, the zoologist turned sex... More >>

  • Film

    published October 26, 2004

    Luis Buñuel was not only one of the world's great filmmakers, he had one of the great careers in movie history: Beginning as an avant-garde... More >>

  • Still a Contender

    published October 26, 2004

    Re-released on the occasion of its golden anniversary, On the Waterfront is the supreme success story of '50s Hollywood—eighth on the... More >>

  • Lone Star Fate: From Losing Side of Civil War to D.C. Shaker

    published October 19, 2004

    George W. Bush isn't our first Texas president or even our most Texas president. But he is certainly the most self-Texafied character to put up... More >>

  • Film

    published October 12, 2004

    A codgery voice warns of "violence and bloodshed," an innocent teenage couple diffidently cuddle, a cute li'l fella explains that he's organizing... More >>

  • Days of Wine and Neuroses: Bachelor Buddies Hit the Road

    published October 12, 2004

    Alternately irritable and irritating, the paunchy, balding Paul Giamatti is so spirited in his distress and so recognizably human in his... More >>

  • Unstrung Heroes

    published October 12, 2004

    A would-be equal-opportunity offender, Team America: World Police sets out to skewer both hemispheres of the American brain—and mainly... More >>

  • Film

    published October 5, 2004

    Straight to DVD, at least in the U.S., Brief Crossing demonstrates that Catherine Breillat is perfectly capable of directing a conventional... More >>

  • Self-Referential Breillat in a Midwinter Night's Sex Comedy

    published October 5, 2004

    Here's a question for the ages (or at least for The New Yorker): Does Catherine Breillat have a sense of humor? Sex Is Comedy, which... More >>

  • Gray Anatomy

    published October 5, 2004

    Anatomy of Hell has been reviled as misogynist, homophobic, sadistic (as opposed to Sadean), pretentious, embarrassing, and just plain... More >>

  • Film

    published September 28, 2004

    In Macunaíma, cinema novo pioneer Joaquim Pedro de Andrade adapted a masterpiece of Brazilian modernism to reflect the simultaneous... More >>

  • Labors of Love

    published September 28, 2004

    The New York Film Festival used to be defined by its poster; this year, it's the poster-rific films. The two punchiest movies in a generally... More >>

  • Agitprop Filmmaker for Truth: Kerry as Warrior and Protester

    published September 21, 2004

    Are we sick of 'Nam yet? Or have we forgotten the depth of that calamity? George Butler's de facto campaign biography, detailing John Kerry's... More >>

  • Festival Express

    published September 14, 2004

    A trailer for the New York Film Festival and the studios' fall prestige pix, Toronto also serves to amplify the buzz around the movies finished... More >>

  • Preaching to the Perverted

    published September 14, 2004

    TORONTO—Thanks to a court ruling last spring, Ontario's once fearsome censor board seems poised to pass into history—and not a... More >>

  • Film

    published September 7, 2004

    The legendary maestro of post-German-Expressionist grade-Z noir, ethnic indies, and cheap sci-fi flicks turns 100 this Friday (or maybe 104) and... More >>

  • Anime Sequel Philosophizes Amid Shoot-Outs and Cyborgs

    published September 7, 2004

    As gloriously impenetrable as its title, and even more visually spectacular than its precursor, Mamoru Oshii's new anime—Ghost in the... More >>

  • The Last Picture Show

    published September 7, 2004

    The poet and critic Parker Tyler once described the movie theater as the "psychoanalytic clinic of the average worker." Tsai Ming-liang's latest... More >>

  • Film

    published August 31, 2004

    When Will I Be Loved is titled with an unanswerable question. Does it refer to the movie's eccentric macho-ist creator, James Toback, or... More >>

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