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  • The Sorrow and the P. Diddy

    published December 25, 2001

    As headlong wallows in hatred and degradation go, Marc Forster's Monster's Ball self-consciously outgrunges the year in American film, but... More >>

  • Space Odyssey

    published December 18, 2001

    Of A-list journeymen directors, Michael Mann is a unique specimen with a disarming record of electrifying perfectly mundane material—whatever... More >>

  • The Tall B

    published December 11, 2001

    The last of the red-hot, golden-age Hollywood genre buckaroos, Budd Boetticher, who died November 29 at the age of 85, represented a long-vanished... More >>

  • Icon See Clearly Now

    published December 11, 2001

    There comes a moment in every massively popular movie star's trajectory when his or her movies become expositions on the fermented psychology of... More >>

  • Time Bomb

    published December 4, 2001

    War culture has become blithely easy to deride in eras of conflict as well as peacetime, but surely documentarian Hartmut Bitomsky's new film,... More >>

  • Moviehead Gift Guide

    published November 27, 2001

    With the plexes pipe-glutted with elfin this and magical that, the only sensible recourse is to prime the economy by shopping for real... More >>

  • Heaven and Hell

    published November 27, 2001

    Entranced, romantic, utopian, and utterly French, Jacques Demy has always been the most patronized and underappreciated of the major nouvelle... More >>

  • The Reckless Moments

    published November 20, 2001

    Already, so many of the late-century world cinema promises have been broken: The Chinese Fifth Generation has devolved into efficient, softhearted... More >>

  • All in the Stars

    published November 13, 2001

    A distinctive and restless force in European cinema for more than 35 years, the Taviani brothers mastered an eloquent stylistic bridge between... More >>

  • Lost in the House of Games

    published November 6, 2001

    A seminal vernacular demiurge in his stagecraft, David Mamet has tended toward a sort of hard-boiled mushiness in his films. Oleanna is an... More >>

  • Where the Mild Things Are

    published October 30, 2001

    Adept smugglers of neurotic subtexts, children's narratives can be notoriously subversive (as Alison Lurie's Don't Tell the Grown-Ups... More >>

  • Houses of the Unholy

    published October 23, 2001

    Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter is the movie freak's definitive love machine: maligned when first released in 1955, hopelessly... More >>

  • Metaphysician, Heal Thyself

    published October 23, 2001

    The restless, gabby intelligence behind Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, and this season's left-field double... More >>

  • Another City, Not My Own

    published October 16, 2001

    Whatever else can be said regarding the crossed vectors of September 11 and the legacy of mass entertainment, one thing's certain: We have joined... More >>

  • Far From the Maddin Crowd

    published October 9, 2001

    If meta-folk-rock idiosyncrat/renaissance artificer Cory McAbee has anything to say about it, irony is not dead—it's merely lost in the... More >>

  • Children’s Crusades

    published October 2, 2001

    Movies have had a difficult time justifying their own existence, never mind their own publicity, these past weeks, but here may be what the... More >>

  • Eat Drink Man Mariah

    published September 25, 2001

    Beginning with a Broadway Danny Rose roundtable chin session and climaxing with a seizure of unlikely but cathartic wiseguy retribution,... More >>

  • Tried and True

    published September 25, 2001

    The winner of this year's film quiz is Braden Goetz, of Washington, D.C., who works in the U.S. Department of Education. As per Goetz's request,... More >>

  • As the Lights Go Down

    published September 11, 2001

    The hot-pants Queen Victoria of American film criticism, Pauline Kael has now paid the debt of nature, providing the obituarians with the... More >>

  • What's Eating You

    published September 4, 2001

    Straight-faced and blithely ironic, Bernard Rapp's A Matter of Taste is a tale of obsessive love, but here it's a deranged, Nietzschean... More >>

  • Screen Test

    published August 28, 2001

    As is the tradition, this year's annual Stuart Byron Movie Trivia Quiz seeks to winnow out dilettantes from the dead-serious cinephiles, and... More >>

  • Market Driven

    published August 28, 2001

    More than just a pulp-for-pulp's-sake statement, Ghosts of Mars poses a battery of questions: How does John Carpenter get his new movies... More >>

  • Chronic Fatigue

    published August 21, 2001

    Movie-watching has always demanded a tolerance for solipsism, but even fans of Kevin Smith may allow that the freedom Clerks won him (to... More >>

  • Anna Karina’s Magnificent Movieness

    published August 14, 2001

    The sad-eyed, raven-haired Guinevere of the international art film's belle epoque, Anna Karina will always possess a hallowed place in movie... More >>

  • Blood Feuds

    published August 14, 2001

    To watch Korean movies is to watch a national culture bar-brawl with itself, and fight dirty every step of the way. There may not be a more... More >>

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