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  • Primal Therapist

    published August 8, 2000

    Mining the resonant arcana of yesterday's educational, religious, and news film like artists from Joseph Cornell to David Sherman, Jay Rosenblatt... More >>

  • Manifesto Destiny

    published August 8, 2000

    Indisputably the most unruly and anarchic movie voice to emerge from Iron Curtain-land, Yugoslav troublemaker Dusan; an Makavejev remains tied to... More >>

  • The Outer Limits

    published August 1, 2000

    Beyond the near-perfection of expensive methods by which to jack off our downtime, the current fulmination of entertainment technology has... More >>

  • Hitchcockamamie; Kitsch-Doc Maiming

    published July 18, 2000

    There may not be a more soulless director in Hollywood than Robert Zemeckis—his entire purpose is the manufacture of empty distractions, and... More >>

  • What’s That Smell?

    published July 11, 2000

    As the introductory, Drew Barrymore-ish victim of the Wayans brothers' Scary Movie, Carmen Electra qualifies her idea of horror films to... More >>

  • House Arrested

    published July 11, 2000

    Whatever else it may be, Chuck & Buck resonates as a poison-pen self-portrait of a common but rarely acknowledged modern subspecies: the... More >>

  • Moose in a Noose

    published July 4, 2000

    Such are the secrets movie stars harbor: In the world as it should be, you couldn't get Robert De Niro to play an animated Jay Ward... More >>

  • Reversion Therapy

    published June 27, 2000

    The revival of Stanley Kubrick's scant oeuvre—only 13 films, and only the last seven commonly evoked as "Kubrickian"—continues at Cinema... More >>

  • Clash of the Titans

    published June 20, 2000

    The tally for this year's quiz (May 16) was something of a dead heat between... More >>

  • Your Own Impersonal Jesus

    published June 13, 2000

    Alison Maclean's chilly, mopey materialization of Denis Johnson's story cycle Jesus' Son might be the supreme screen portrait of '70s drug... More >>

  • Reality Rites

    published June 6, 2000

    Unlike many of the midcentury's cinematic "movements," cinema vérité has faded from view not because it is dated but because it is... More >>

  • Based on a True Story

    published May 30, 2000

    Anyone taking in the new "Docfest" as a 16-course meal will be struck first by the it's-a-small-world heterogeneity, and then, conversely, by the... More >>

  • Duels in the Sun

    published May 30, 2000

    The self-loathing underworld god-king of masculine genre angst and the world's first genuine action craftsman, Sam Peckinpah made movies that bark... More >>

  • Culture Consumer Lewis Klahr

    published May 16, 2000

    One of the most evocative, accessible, and culturally aware experimental filmmakers alive and working, Lewis Klahr uses what we—and our... More >>

  • Jean Therapy

    published May 9, 2000

    Jean Arthur is one in the great basketful of Hollywood personalities of the '30s and '40s who make even the most workmanlike studio product seem... More >>

  • Screen Test

    published May 9, 2000

    Simply, this third incarnation of the Annual Spitting-Nails Movie Trivia Quiz in the Stuart Byron tradition is designed to separate the... More >>

  • Sneaky Peeks

    published May 9, 2000

    Few tools used in a summer movie's publicity are as lavishly forged and conscientiously sharpened as the trailers; see how even in late April the... More >>

  • Suddenly, This Summer

    published May 9, 2000

    We anticipate the onslaught of summer movies—cineculture's annual Run of the Bulls—but also loathe it when it's raging, somehow... More >>

  • Season in the Sun

    published April 25, 2000

    Inexplicably, just as French cinema is taking a home-field drubbing at the hands of "l'affaire Leconte" (in which French filmmakers and critics... More >>

  • Sub Cultures

    published April 18, 2000

    Hardly a spasm of nostalgia but so old-fashioned it smells like your grandfather's socks, Jonathan Mostow's U-571 is not the WW II... More >>

  • The Feds Are Coming!

    published April 11, 2000

    It came as a surprise to many that, as reported in the Times two weeks ago, the CIA had secretly produced (with Mr. and Mrs. Joseph... More >>


    published April 11, 2000

    Duck and cover: Finally for big-budget Hollywood, it's Giuliani time. William Friedkin's bathetic flag-fucker Rules of Engagement is as... More >>

  • The Ecstasy and the Agony

    published April 4, 2000

    Liam McGrath's doc Southpaw focuses on light-welter Irish boxer Francis Barrett, the piercingly modest and Wahlberg-mugged Galway teen who... More >>

  • Blind Faith

    published March 28, 2000

    To make a film about and with a blind child is to court the fates of hand-wringing bathos and overscored pluck, and Majid Majidi, whose preciously... More >>

  • Entangling Alliances

    published March 21, 2000

    Long absent as a source of outrage from the movies we see, the Pakistani-Indian war as it's been fought on and off since 1947 is suddenly hot, at... More >>

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