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  • Bringing Out the Dead: Scorsese's Sordid Everyman Returns

    published December 28, 2004

    What can be newly said about this savage, many-headed dragon of the American new wave, a luridly realistic movie about a quiet New York psychopath... More >>

  • Looking For Richard

    published December 21, 2004

    A blip on the harried cultural radar of 1974—when Watergate, hemorrhaging 'Nam fallout, European upheavals, and endless Cold War negotiations... More >>

  • Soft Skin: Freudian Lust and Costumed Silliness in Demy's May Day Musical

    published December 14, 2004

    With only a rough third of his singsong filmography familiar to American movieheads, French new wave fantasist Jacques Demy seems long overdue for... More >>

  • The Fable Guy

    published December 14, 2004

    A wry Charles Addams channeling arisen to challenge the childrens'-section dominance of J.K. Rowling, the Lemony Snicket narratives are sourball... More >>

  • Cheadle survives a timid account of the Rwandan genocide

    published December 14, 2004

    Credit where credit's due: Terry George's atrocity-docudrama Hotel Rwanda addresses that nation's 1994 firestorm of civilian massacre... More >>

  • The Life Aeronautic

    published December 7, 2004

    There's no overestimating the contributions Martin Scorsese has made to American cinephilia. More than just a moviemaker, he has been a restless,... More >>

  • Aging Bull

    published December 7, 2004

    Whatever French film critics may say, Clint Eastwood is no pure-hearted artiste—his favored working regimen consists of a thick, undressed... More >>

  • Film

    published December 7, 2004

    The latest and most luxurious launch of K-horror to both hit U.S. screens and get immediately bought up for remake purposes, Kim Ji-woon's moody... More >>

  • Film

    published December 7, 2004

    Tom Kalin's 1992 low-rent, smooth-as-silk re-upholstering of the infamous flapper-age Leopold and Loeb murder case is aptly titled: It's as much... More >>

  • Film

    published December 7, 2004

    A dedicated voyeur at the human zoo, Dog Days auteur Ulrich Seidl was first a documentarian, and here's his 1995 keynote film, a... More >>

  • Film

    published December 7, 2004

    The DVD-ization of Carl Theodor Dreyer continues apace with the release of this forgotten 1924 German Expressionist treasure, as antiquated by... More >>

  • Film

    published November 30, 2004

    Once upon a time, there was a little film that sundered virtually every classic Old World taboo, against sexual lust, fetishism, sadism,... More >>

  • That Sinking Feeling

    published November 30, 2004

    A helium-tickled beach ball of a movie that struggles to stay inflated, Wes Anderson's lumberingly titled new film is all absurd-ironic concept:... More >>

  • Life on a String in Takeshi Kitano's Sentimental Triptych

    published November 30, 2004

    The cognitive disconnect in regard to—and perhaps at the deliberate hands of—Takeshi Kitano grows inexorably wider with Dolls,... More >>

  • Film

    published November 30, 2004

    This placid 1954 Brit cartoonization of Orwell was revealed in 1999 to have been covertly funded, produced, and de-Orwellized by the E. Howard... More >>

  • Flight Club

    published November 23, 2004

    The Hong Kong movie matrix has reached a state of deracinated gloss, homogenized out from speed-mad native pop lunacy to postcard-bourgeois... More >>

  • Natural Born Killer

    published November 16, 2004

    There seems to be no dodging the big, fat neo-epic, a born-again genre with roots in the expensive deployment of muscular-dull movie stars,... More >>

  • Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

    published November 9, 2004

    Once something of a reckless, diabolically comic voice, Pedro Almodóvar has since entered middle age asking fairly standard questions about... More >>

  • Slippery When Wet

    published November 2, 2004

    Beloved internationally as a classy pulp-meister, Kiyoshi Kurosawa has been, I think, largely misread—it may be more accurate and... More >>

  • A Korean New Wave Copes With the Burden of History

    published November 2, 2004

    Managing to collect a slew of vital Korean films that have not already been aired in local festivals, the Walter Reade series steers clear, for... More >>

  • Film

    published October 26, 2004

    Completist Dreyerians cannot live by Criterion discs alone—Image does DVD justice to cine-history with the restored release of this 1920... More >>

  • Film

    published October 26, 2004

    Fair representation of current Czech-ness or not, this brief series has a few oddities sprinkled amid the middlebrow has-beens (Oscar nominee... More >>

  • Cheap, Raw Kitschfests of Yesteryear Spearhead Halloween Retro

    published October 19, 2004

    Scary? The season's preeminent all-hallow'd series returns with another cache of obscure, semi-forgotten, and all-too-familiar genre... More >>

  • It's a Shame About Ray

    published October 19, 2004

    For 20 years or more America's most beloved blues wailer as well as its most thoroughly forgiven celebrity junkie, Ray Charles is a Hollywood... More >>

  • Film

    published October 19, 2004

    Swedish absurdist Roy Andersson's mortifying sensibility, found in almost crystalline form in Songs From the Second Floor (2000), can leave... More >>

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