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'Mondo Fandom' at Anthology 'Mondo Fandom' at Anthology
Traversing the parking lots, tribute shows, and courtrooms of extreme rock devotion
, September 01, 2009
The road of the Kiss tribute band runs through New Britain, Wallington, and Nyack, and is hard. The road of the Elvis impersonator, with its... More>>
Jobber Adrift at Sea Takes Leave in Liverpool Liverpool
, September 01, 2009
As with his previous films, Argentine director Lisandro Alonso's Liverpool is defined by its trajectory: A taciturn isolato—here, a... More>>
Days of Being Wild in Unmade Beds Unmade Beds
Alexis Dos Santos shows promise and pitfalls in youth
, September 01, 2009
A youthful movie made by, about, and largely for youthful hipsters, Alexis Dos Santos's Unmade Beds is an ambitious neo–new wave portrait... More>>
Suspiria Shock: Two Runs in Two Weeks Suspira
, September 01, 2009
Better known these days (and maybe for the rest of time) as Asia's dad, Dario Argento is the last representative of Italy's tenacious genre... More>>
Displacement Dramedy Gets a Spin with Amreeka Amreeka
, September 01, 2009
The thriving subgenre of immigrant displacement dramedy gets a confident new spin from Cherien Dabis, a Palestinian-Jordanian raised in the... More>>
Tickling Leo Adds to Holocaust Film Grammar of Succeeding Generations Tickling Leo
, September 01, 2009
A new Holocaust film grammar is forming about what it means to be a succeeding generation, suspended between the impulse to forget and the urgent... More>>
American Casino Snipes at America's Subprime Bloodsuckers with TV-Blandness American Casino
, September 01, 2009
At the very least, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson owes Denzel Mitchell a nice e-card: Mitchell, a Baltimore high school teacher, was one... More>>
Gamer, From the Makers of Crank
, September 01, 2009
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have slowly started garnering actual critical consideration for their Crank movies; with Gamer, they make another... More>>
Sandstorm the Public Access Equivalent of Falun Gong Protests Sandstorm
, September 01, 2009
If you're unfamiliar with the practitioners of Falun Gong—peaceful spiritualists who have been persecuted by the Chinese government since... More>>
The September Issue Captures Vogue's Wintour at Her Peak The September Issue
Goodbye to all of that!
, August 25, 2009
When, in the early '00s, I worked as a freelancer for a publication two floors below Vogue—this was pre–Devil Wears Prada—each... More>>
Koreeda's Family Reunion, Still Walking Still Walking
Resentment and regret: the raw emotions of familial relations
, August 25, 2009
What's remarkable about Still Walking, Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda's seventh feature film and one every bit as sensitive as his previous... More>>
Whit Stillman Speaks Eleven Years After His Last Film Whit Stillman Speaks Eleven Years After His Last Film
Back in NY and . . . your guess is as good as ours
, August 25, 2009
Whit Stillman released his first movie in 1990. An undergraduate love story compressed into one holiday debutante season, Metropolitan presented... More>>
Ondi Timoner Doc We Live In Public Strokes Dot-Com Artist's Ego We Live in Public
Self-dubbed Internet genius gets his backup
, August 25, 2009
Documentarian Ondi Timoner lends her credulity and camera to swollen, damaged egos who believe themselves to be visionaries. We Live in Public... More>>
An Interview with Whit Stillman
The full transcript of our conversation with the recently returned director
, August 25, 2009
Hey, thanks for waiting, sorry to hold you up.  Oh, no problem whatsoever. Thanks for taking the time. The Voice was my first job. I got a... More>>
Taking Woodstock Recycles 60's Tropes Taking Woodstock
Who knew three days of peace & music would oppress us for 40 years? (Plus: this movie)
, August 25, 2009
“If you remember Woodstock, you probably weren’t there,” the expression goes. And if you were, can you please stop gassing on... More>>
Appearances as Reality in Big Fan Big Fan
, August 25, 2009
It takes considerable effort to make Darren Aronofsky seem like a model of restraint, but Robert Siegel pulls it off in Big Fan. Siegel's... More>>
Marc Feinberg's Poky Rom-Com Play the Game Play the Game
This Lifetime-ready comedy is hardly provocative—let alone perceptive, funny, or fresh
, August 25, 2009
In 2007, Waitress established that octogenarian TV legend Andy Griffith still had game as a sly charmer, but Marc Feinberg's poky rom-com does... More>>
The Final Destination: All Manner of Bodily Impalement and Dismemberment as Close as the Butter on Your Popcorn The Final Destination
The improbably long-running death-by-misadventure franchise continues
, August 25, 2009
Fatality lurks around every ceiling fan, shampoo bottle, and espresso machine in the fourth entry in New Line Cinema’s improbably... More>>
Rob Zombie Slums With Halloween II Rob Zombie Slums With Halloween II
, August 25, 2009
Serial killer Michael Myers, it turns out, has mother issues. In this disappointing sequel to his intense and much underrated 2007 remake of... More>>
At the Edge of the World At the Edge of the World
A documentary about the Sea Shepherds, an under-funded, unprotected volunteer group of nautical vigilantes
, August 25, 2009
With no nation willing to enforce a 1986 international agreement establishing Antarctica's Ross Sea as a mammal sanctuary, the Sea Shepherds, an... More>>
Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds Makes Holocaust Revisionism Fun Inglourious Basterds
, August 18, 2009
Energetic, inventive, swaggering fun, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds is a consummate Hollywood entertainment—rich in fantasy and... More>>
'Yesterday's Angel: Natalie Wood' at Walter Reade 'Yesterday's Angel: Natalie Wood' at Walter Reade
Celebrating the actress's (not entirely angelic) splendor
, August 18, 2009
Only the most exceptional performer could appeal to sensibilities as disparate as those of homo-pornovateur Bruce LaBruce, who pays homage to... More>>
Spike Lee's Passing Strange on Film Passing Strange
, August 18, 2009
For those (like this critic) who missed singer-songwriter Stew's Tony-winning, autobiographical rock musical during its runs at the Public... More>>
Germany's Righteous Outlaws in The Baader Meinhof Complex The Baader Meinhof Complex
, August 18, 2009
Bernd Eichinger, who wrote and produced Downfall, is the force behind the film version of another German trauma, The Baader Meinhof Complex.... More>>
Robin Williams Doing Dark and World's Greatest Dad a Perfect Fit World's Greatest Dad
, August 18, 2009
Playing dark, Robin Williams has developed the burly insecurity and gargoyle frown of damned Edward G. Robinson in Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street.... More>>
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