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A Buried Tennessee Williams Screenplay, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
, December 29, 2009
Consider: If Tennessee Williams's script for Joseph Losey's 1968 turkey Boom! (an adaptation of his play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here... More>>
The Passably Distracting A Film with Me in It A Film with Me in It
, December 29, 2009
Mark (Mark Doherty) is a hardly-working actor, snubbed at an audition to play "Concerned Neighbor," behind on rent, and barely tolerated by his... More>>
Film Poll 2009: An Introduction Film Poll 2009: An Introduction
As the '00s become history, an Iraq war movie finally wins us over. How fitting.
, December 22, 2009
Topping the 10th annual Village Voice Film Critics' Poll, The Hurt Locker is also director Kathryn Bigelow's personal best. Impressively... More>>
10th Annual Film Critics' Poll: The Abridged Results 10th Annual Film Critics' Poll: The Abridged Results
94 critics voted. The results are in.
, December 22, 2009
Best Films of 2009 1. The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow (356 points, 54 mentions) Bigelow's you-are-there Iraq War drama immerses the viewer in... More>>
J. Hoberman's Favorite Films of 2009 J. Hoberman's Favorite Films of 2009
, December 22, 2009
The decade closes with a flashback to the medium's once-vaunted universal appeal, although The Hurt Locker's impressive consensus popularity... More>>
New York's Independent Film Community Goes From Boom to Bust New York's Independent Film Community Goes From Boom to Bust
My Big Fat Greek Collapse
, December 22, 2009
"When a seed gets put in the ground, you water it." That's how New York producer-screenwriter James Schamus once described (in these pages, in... More>>
Robert Downey Jr.'s Wry Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes
, December 22, 2009
Sherlock Holmes is another critique of filmmaking—if only by example. As over-emphatic as one might expect from the ham-fisted Guy Ritchie,... More>>
Where Are They Now: Winners of Past Film Polls Where Are They Now: Winners of Past Film Polls
Driving down Mulholland, we look at the past
, December 22, 2009
"It'll be just like in the movies: We'll pretend to be someone else." So says Betty to Rita in Mulholland Drive, an invitation to an adventure,... More>>
The Decade in Film: A Timeline The Decade in Film: A Timeline
A lot can happen in 10 years. Here, the highlights.
, December 22, 2009
2000 1/10: America's top Internet-service provider announces plans to acquire the world's largest media conglomerate. At $182 billion in stock... More>>
Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep in It's Complicated It's Complicated
Nancy Meyers can't keep making the same movie over and over again
, December 22, 2009
Does Nancy Meyers hate women? The thought ran through my head not very long into It's Complicated, Meyers's biennial stocking-stuffer about the... More>>
Police, Adjective Mines Gulf between Cop and Human Values Police, Adjective
, December 22, 2009
Detective stories imply that mysteries can be solved, or at least rationally explained. Even the most debased example is a secular article of... More>>
Heath Ledger's Ghost Haunts The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
, December 22, 2009
Reunited with Charles McKeown, his co-writer from Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Terry Gilliam has created another Ultimate Po-mo... More>>
Chaplin's The Great Dictator at IFC Center The Great Dictator
, December 22, 2009
Even for the Keatonians, preferring Buster's grace under pressure over Chaplin's faux-innocence, The Great Dictator (1940), showing in a new... More>>
Sita Sings the Blues, a Charm Offensive Sita Sings the Blues
, December 22, 2009
In 2002, Nina Paley's husband moved from San Francisco to India for a six-month contract, an upheaval that ended with him dumping her via e-mail.... More>>
The Capably Mediocre Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
, December 22, 2009
Closing out a pretty great year for children's movies—Up, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Coraline among them—Betty Thomas's... More>>
Avatar's Sticker Shock (and Awe) Avatar
There are some things that even money can't buy
, December 15, 2009
The money is on the screen in Avatar, James Cameron's mega-3-D, mondo-CGI, more-than-a-quarter-billion-dollar baby, and, like the Hope Diamond... More>>
Fellini Fantasy Meets a Harsh Reality in Rob Marshall's Nine Nine
, December 15, 2009
There's no city-clogging traffic jam in Nine, the musicalized version of Federico Fellini's movie-about-moviemaking urtext 8 1/2, but the result... More>>
Country Music, Faded Stardom, Liquor, and Age in Crazy Heart Crazy Heart
, December 15, 2009
Yesterday's honky-tonk hero, Bad Blake, arrives at a Clovis, New Mexico, bowling alley. It's another in a string of low-paying, low-turnout gigs... More>>
Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King and Karl May on DVD
For the filmaficionado on your list
, December 15, 2009
What to get the continentally inclined cinephile who has everything? Last year's must-have DVDs were the long-awaited director-authorized... More>>
Jacques Tati Retro at MOMA Jacques Tati Retro at MOMA
The director plays straight man in his own comic world
, December 15, 2009
Was any comic as fixated on (mis)perception as Jacques Tati? "Sight gag" doesn't begin to cover the worlds Tati designed—a seaside village,... More>>
The Trial of Joan of Arc at Anthology The Trial of Joan of Arc
, December 15, 2009
Big-screen interpretations of Joan of Arc are often ridiculous (Jean Seberg in Saint Joan, Milla Jovovich in The Messenger), can be epically... More>>
Magical Realism and Maternalism in François Ozon's Ricky Ricky
, December 15, 2009
The titular infant on the poster for Ricky bears a striking resemblance to the cherub on the cover of Van Halen's 1984 (minus the cig). And, like... More>>
Howard Hawks's His Girl Friday at BAM His Girl Friday
, December 15, 2009
Howard Hawks's 1940 His Girl Friday reworked a decade-old Broadway smash, The Front Page, in which adversarial paper editor and star reporter... More>>
Jean-Marc Vallée's Plodding Young Victoria The Young Victoria
, December 15, 2009
Man, British heritage cinema can be dull when assembly-lined for the export market. Laboring under lampshade millinery, hair that looks like... More>>
Under the Eightball Confronts History of Lyme Disease Under the Eightball
, December 15, 2009
Angry passion and visual energy define this extraordinary muckraking documentary. The anger and rage that ignite it stem from the puzzling... More>>
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