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  • Gay, According to Genet

    published May 1, 2007

    Queer cinema owes everything to a pair of dead French fags. Jean Cocteau bequeathed a vibrant neoclassicism to generations of homo... More >>

  • 'Allegro'

    published May 1, 2007

    Writer-director Christoffer Boe takes himself very, very seriously. Me, not so much: I might have cottoned to Allegro, his chilly pomo... More >>

  • Spider Bites

    published April 24, 2007

    The best that can be said of Spider-Man 3 is that it sheds some light on the whole skinny black jeans phenomenon. Rest easy Hedi Slimane... More >>

  • Slice of Life

    published April 24, 2007

    Mildly quirky and zealously cute, Adrienne Shelly's Waitress is the story of three irrepressible gal pals slinging pie and shooting the... More >>

  • Stable Boys

    published April 17, 2007

    In 2005, a Seattle man was anonymously delivered to the Enumclaw Community Hospital and died shortly thereafter. The cause of the death was an... More >>

  • The Good, Bad, and Truly Spectacular: Tribeca Film Festival 2007

    published April 17, 2007

    In the spirit of the thing, herewith are a half dozen random, contradictory, but generally optimistic notes on the sixth annual Tribeca Film... More >>

  • Five Questions for . . . Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul

    published April 10, 2007

    After watching Syndromes and a Century, Nathan Lee chatted via e-mail with director Apichatpong Weerasethakul about ignoring Mozart, the... More >>

  • The Stall of Fame

    published April 10, 2007

    Glasgow Phillips was taking a dump at a sandwich shop on Melrose when it happened. A call came through from an associate at CRAPtv, the "content"... More >>

  • Bring Da Ruckus

    published April 3, 2007

    In July 2004, concert promoter Chang Weisberg organized a hip-hop festival in San Bernardino, California, headlined by the reunited Wu-Tang Clan,... More >>

  • Zombie Slasher Love

    published March 27, 2007

    I've got a theory about Grindhouse, and it goes like this: At some point during the brainstorming/beer-bonging process by which Robert... More >>

  • Got Your Goat

    published March 27, 2007

    If we're going to talk about Los Muertos, we'll have to go all the way. There isn't much choice in the matter; the film asks for total... More >>

  • Look Out Below

    published March 20, 2007

    The 14th annual New York Underground Film Festival raises the question: Um, what's an underground? You mean like the underground parking at a... More >>

  • Bye-Bye, Birdie

    published March 20, 2007

    The great thing about animals is their blank-eyed/blank-slate capacity to mean anything, everything, or—better yet—nothing at all. Dive... More >>

  • 'Color Me Kubrick'

    published March 13, 2007

    Being John Malkovich reaches new heights of mincing, self-indulgent madness in Color Me Kubrick. That's no mean feat, but it comes with... More >>

  • 'TMNT'

    published March 13, 2007

    There may be no finer phrase in the English language than "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," but given how kids these days are super into that whole... More >>

  • What a Difference a Day Makes

    published March 6, 2007

    The space-time continuum smacks the shit out of Sandra Bullock in Premonition, the latest in nonlinear nonsense, but the fun really gets... More >>

  • 'I Think I Love My Wife'

    published March 6, 2007

    From the makers of Pootie Tang, one the greatest movies ever made, comes I Think I Love My Wife, the most unlikely remake in the... More >>

  • Magic in Music and Motion: The Sights and Sounds of Harry Smith'

    published March 6, 2007

    Avant-garde cinema would be nothing without its visionary eccentrics, and Harry Smith (1923–1991) ranks high on both counts. Doubly famous... More >>

  • After 30 Years, Killer of Sheep Finally Gets a Proper Debut

    published February 27, 2007

    The film of the season, if not the year, is a Southern California slice-of-life from 1977 that hasn't aged a day. Critics have long hailed Killer... More >>

  • Man on Man Action

    published February 27, 2007

    Long ago there reigned a clan of Speedo-wearing militaristic psychopaths called the Spartans. They lived beneath a copper-colored sky, on a... More >>

  • Interest-Free!

    published February 27, 2007

    Goddamn if we didn't have the bejesus freaked out of us after 9/11, but, hey, hallelujah! President Bush knew just what to say to reassure the... More >>

  • To Catch a Predator

    published February 20, 2007

    In the unforgettable Zodiac, three shots stand out. The first comes early, climaxing a brisk introduction to one of the film's... More >>

  • 'Rock Bottom'

    published February 20, 2007

    Everyone knows what happens if you're a gay man and you do crystal meth. It's all nonstop bareback gangbangs with random Internet crackheads, and... More >>

  • 17 + 6 - 5 + 1 - 3 + 7 = 23!

    published February 13, 2007

    The Number 23 grips hold of one stupid idea and runs so far with it, in so many directions, to such little purpose, that it nearly won me... More >>

  • Watermelon-Eating Contest!

    published February 13, 2007

    Habitués of the Tsai Ming-liang oeuvre more or less know what to expect of The Wayward Cloud, the latest exercise in long-take... More >>

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