rss Email Author Michael Atkinson

2006 Stories by Michael Atkinson

Archives: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998
  • 'Cartoons: No Laughing Matter?'

    published May 2, 2006

    The premise of Film Forum's motley week of animations isn't so much humorlessness—most of the featured shorts are wickedly funny—but the... More >>

  • Will Occupy Your Skull Like a Siege of Huns

    published May 2, 2006

    Mexican barn burner Carlos Reygadas's second feature is a portentous, magnificent movie and a half, teeming with insidious visual ideas and a... More >>

  • Small Town Anomie and Liquored Exhaustion

    published May 2, 2006

    Facets continues to slowly make its way through the much vaunted but underdistributed corpus of Hungarian dyspeptic Béla Tarr, one of the... More >>

  • Modern Love and Its Discontents

    published April 25, 2006

    Despairing Korean New Wave structuralist Hong Sang-soo's second film, this 1998 ballade is surely the movement's most critic-revered work, and a... More >>

  • Pickup on Houston Street

    published April 25, 2006

    A this late date, what we think about when we think about noir is often little more than a result of its commodification—a history that is... More >>

  • Banned in the Middle East

    published April 25, 2006

    Because Syria does not have an authentic film industry of its own, the native movies collected for this inspired Walter Reade retro are (a) mostly... More >>

  • Partial Arts

    published April 25, 2006

    Coming closer even than Zhang Yimou's Hero and House of Flying Daggers to resembling the Chinese cover art for a vintage Iron... More >>

  • A Loony Visionary's Alternate Realities

    published April 25, 2006

    Obsessives who follow their vision and/ or aesthetic strategy over the cliff edge and right into the abyss are difficult to appreciate; how could... More >>

  • Love in Vein

    published April 18, 2006

    Junkie recovery sagas rarely come from a place of heartfelt experience—Olivier Assayas's Clean, like virtually every major film about... More >>

  • The End of Violence

    published April 18, 2006

    By now, for masses of believers in mad Korean pulp as it has been epitomized by Park Chanwook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and... More >>

  • Multiple Versions of Welles's Unfinished Symphony, With Footnotes

    published April 18, 2006

    Ah, Orson, the bullgoose haunter of movies' Memory Lane, the crazed king of cinema lost and, sometimes, regained. Here is one such recrystallized... More >>

  • New York African Film Festival

    published April 18, 2006

    Forever subject to industrial poverty and political bedlam like virtually nowhere else on earth, the sub-Saharan African film industries have... More >>

  • 'The Lost City'

    published April 18, 2006

    Among Hollywoodized glosses on the Cuban revolution, if Sydney Pollack's Havana was a tracing from Casablanca, Andy Garcia's... More >>

  • Manufactured Images and the Origins of Reality Television

    published April 11, 2006

    Did Peter Watkins create reality TV? He'd spit in my eye at the suggestion, but decades before that grim entertainment paradigm began to cancer... More >>

  • 'Stolen'

    published April 11, 2006

    A fancy-feast doc about art theft, Rebecca Dreyfus's Stolen has all the earmarks of a ropy New Yorker article—the plumbing of a... More >>

  • 'Mongolian Ping Pong'

    published April 11, 2006

    Much more so than any movie actually about spiritual discipline, the new Chinese film Mongolian Ping Pong could be a meditational... More >>

  • Before There Was 'Saturday Night Live'

    published April 11, 2006

    It's a lost art—the short comedy talkie, produced by the hundreds during Hollywood's so-called golden age as nothing more than bonus gifts... More >>

  • The Most Luxurious Launch of K-Horror

    published April 11, 2006

    The most luxurious launch of K-horror yet, Kim Ji-woon's moody chiller begins with the young titular sisters being brought to live with a... More >>

  • On Dangerous Ground

    published April 4, 2006

    By their nature, conservationist melodramas are tough to put over: Unless you torture science Roland Emmerich–style, the concrete concerns... More >>

  • Catherine the Great

    published April 4, 2006

    There was something about the sexually agape, porcelainized tabula rasa of Catherine Deneuve in her stardom's infancy that fed the dream lives of... More >>

  • Pre-Mortem

    published April 4, 2006

    An unassuming, unadventurous, but likable dramedy about dying and grief, Sarah Watt's debut feature, Look Both Ways, has been something of an... More >>

  • For Italian New Wave Social Resonance, Pick Pocket

    published April 4, 2006

    A long-overdue screamer from the semi-forgotten, underscreened New Wave archives, Marco Bellocchio's 1965 debut "started something" in Italian... More >>

  • 'Days of Heaven'

    published April 4, 2006

    It was Terrence Malick's last film before his notorious 20-year hiatus, it was Sam Shepard's introduction to moviegoers, and it seems almost... More >>

  • Nightmares of TV's Messy Adolescence

    published April 4, 2006

    Though it may have been some kind of career-long desire for George Clooney, whose father was a Cincinnati and Lexington broadcaster through much... More >>

  • Down for the Count

    published March 28, 2006

    You may still retain your ardor and respect, as I have, for the pressure-point hammerblow Quentin Tarantino executed on American movies, but it's... More >>

Display results per page << Prev  |  1  |  ...  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  Next >>
Archives: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998
Loading...