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  • Secrete Agents

    published August 7, 2001

    Like a B-12 shot in the ass after hot months of malt liquor and White Castle, Osmosis Jones resuscitates the filmgoing summer with a vital... More >>

  • Devolution of the Species

    published July 31, 2001

    The distinctive siren song of the original Planet of the Apes films has a powerful subterranean charge. Whatever its surface attractions... More >>

  • Sweet Portugal’s Badass Songs

    published July 31, 2001

    When it comes to Portuguese cinema—another national legacy Americans know next to nothing about—the argument usually begins and ends... More >>

  • Creature Comforts

    published July 24, 2001

    Slumming actors in safari vests stalk through the tropical overgrowth; a digitally manifested dinosaur bulldozes out of the brush; screaming... More >>

  • Abuse Your Illusion

    published July 17, 2001

    An exploding plastic inevitable, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within dares you to be amazed by its soulless mimeograph of humanity. In a... More >>

  • The Wages of Original Sin

    published July 10, 2001

    The new African film Adanggaman is as fundamental, and as haunted, as a combat scar. Landing visually somewhere between Ousmane... More >>

  • Home Bodies

    published July 3, 2001

    The summer-event spilth being upon us, it's time to vaunt the last few months' richer video releases and thus recall how home entertainment... More >>

  • Robot Speaks: Warning Warning

    published June 19, 2001

    As deliberately dazed and confused as Run Lola Run was mechanical crash-and-burn, Tom Tykwer's The Princess and the Warrior may... More >>

  • Culture Vultures Home to Roost

    published June 12, 2001

    Earnest, anemic, and ham-handed, Maggie Greenwald's new period drama, Songcatcher, occupies interesting territory: Appalachia circa 1907,... More >>

  • Ring Cycles

    published June 5, 2001

    Bruce Beresford's new movie about the life of Alma Schindler-Mahler, Bride of the Wind, is a standard-issue fin de siècle costume... More >>

  • Hobbit Forming

    published June 5, 2001

    Peter Jackson's movie trilogy The Lord of the Rings raises the bar on pop-cult hype's global ubiquity and behemothic scale—New Line... More >>

  • Ready to Eat

    published May 29, 2001

    The Italy you confront in the new Walter Reade series is restlessly global in two opposing senses of the word: On one hand, immigrant-infused... More >>

  • Fast Company

    published May 22, 2001

    In one resounding ker-splat, Hong Kong shitstorm Tsui Hark has finally made a crater above Canal Street, thanks to a blistering new film (Time... More >>

  • Manic Regression

    published May 15, 2001

    With DreamWorks' new all-digital confection, Shrek, computer animation has finally achieved a dismaying marzipan-ness. Three dimensions are... More >>

  • Bigger, Longer & Uncut

    published May 15, 2001

    Somewhere it is etched in the spongy blacktop of popular-art history that the ideal, or at least appropriate, length for feature films is between... More >>

  • Ice Queen on a Hot Streak

    published May 8, 2001

    "I had to take time off, OK?" Charlotte Rampling coolly hisses to our very first question (Where've you been?), confirming her own off-putting,... More >>

  • Flails From the Crypt

    published May 8, 2001

    Proving again that a Dogmatic vow of chastity can lead to a certain purity of hogwash, Kristian Levring's The King Is Alive is endearingly... More >>

  • All Excess

    published May 1, 2001

    Somewhere between a Sixth Generation soap-opera splurge and a gender-flipped mimeograph of The King and I, Yim Ho's Pavilion of... More >>

  • Forgotten Silver

    published April 24, 2001

    Kino! Kino! Kino! as Guy Maddin would say—cinephiles are easy to suss out amid the metaglamour and thrill-seeking that amount to American... More >>

  • A Second Life

    published April 17, 2001

    Just another symptom of our all-American film culture quarantine: Master Dutch documentarian/free-form personal filmmaker Johan van der Keuken... More >>

  • Expired Ham

    published April 10, 2001

    Hardly remembered, Jean-Marie Gaubert’s Les Visiteurs sucked up $100 million of European and Asian tickets in 1993 but earned about 14... More >>

  • Sembène’s Universal Language

    published April 3, 2001

    "Tout est politique!" Thus Ousmane Sembène strips down the love-hate argument he has had for 35 years with movies, with the grim... More >>

  • The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime

    published March 27, 2001

    With the sugar-smacked, thoroughly groovy Spy Kids, Robert Rodriguez proves he understands things about children's entertainment that have... More >>

  • Children of the Revolution

    published March 20, 2001

    Commonly referred to as one of the world's most conspicuous film cultures, Iranian cinema actually has a good shot at being the most significant... More >>

  • Over the Moon Down Under

    published March 13, 2001

    A silk-stitched Aussie softball that suggests an insecure nation plagued with longing for global consequence, The Dish plays like a... More >>

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