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The Way of the Gun The Way of the Gun
Blood not-so-simple: David Cronenberg takes aim at on-screen and real-life violence
, September 13, 2005
"The violence that matters most to people is the violence done to the human body," says David Cronenberg, whose newest film, A History of... More>>
A History of Cronenberg
, September 13, 2005
David Cronenberg's career spans four decades, 20-plus films (including 16 features), multiple viral strains, and a ton of enthusiastic Voice... More>>
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Conflicted directors and complicit spectators: A bloodstained century of cinema
, September 13, 2005
Violence—what is it good for? Define it, movie-wise, however you want—catharsis, spectacle, vicarious risk, sadistic voyeurism—but... More>>
The Last Action Hero The Last Action Hero
Hometown hero Cronenberg elicits applause and shocked silence with his menacing History
, September 13, 2005
TORONTO—Watching the North American premiere of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence with a hometown crowd from the upper balcony of the... More>>
The Lusty Men
Gay cowboys and masturbatory pet projects steam up fest
, September 13, 2005
TORONTO—Even before news arrived that BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN won the Golden Lion in Venice, Ang Lee's epic love story was the talk of Toronto.... More>>
Daddy Dearest Daddy Dearest
, September 13, 2005
TORONTO—Five years ago, Guy Maddin stole the festival with his six-minute The Heart of the World; this year, the Winnipeg Wonder did it... More>>
Haynes Her Way: Indie Stalwarts Get Their Own Killer Retro Haynes Her Way: Indie Stalwarts Get Their Own Killer Retro
, September 13, 2005
Forged in the semiotics program at Brown University, fueled by the AIDS crisis, and solidified on the sets of such New York films as Kids, I Shot... More>>
Burden of Dreams Burden of Dreams
Welcome to the Occupation: Level-headed doc lets soldiers vent, leaves conclusions to us
, September 13, 2005
Reeling from the rhetorical toxicity of the 2004 election, some members of the punditocracy, tiring of red-versus-blue gridlock and convinced the... More>>
Sell Shock
Raw deal: Acquisition disputes and pricey buys at Toronto film fest
, September 13, 2005
TORONTO—The Sundance-ification of the Toronto International Film Festival was cinched early on. When rival execs from Fox Searchlight and... More>>
Polanski's 'Twist' on a Classic Is the Stuff of Nightmares Polanski's 'Twist' on a Classic Is the Stuff of Nightmares
, September 13, 2005
Early in the new rendition of Charles Dickens's novel of social injustice, a camera shot briefly holds the friendless orphan between the bars of... More>>
'Dirty Love'
, September 13, 2005
Should we be worried about Jenny McCarthy? In the course of John Asher's excruciatingly inept Dirty Love, the perpetual bimbo-ingenue has her... More>>
Surprise: Film with Von Trier Screenplay Satirizes American Idiocy Surprise: Film with Von Trier Screenplay Satirizes American Idiocy
, September 13, 2005
Yet more buckshot and spleen launched in America's general direction, Lars von Trier's screenplay for Dear Wendy marks the latest volume of his... More>>
'Loudmouth Soup'
, September 13, 2005
This micro-budget amateur-acting exercise plays like The Anniversary Party without the frisson of marquee performers behaving badly. We get... More>>
'Roll Bounce'
, September 13, 2005
Remember in Bring It On when the cheerleading squads face off for the final showdown? Y'know, when those furious edits from the stars' faces to... More>>
'Into the Fire'
, September 13, 2005
If there's an element of Into the Fire that isn't rank and offensive, I've failed to find it. A self-mutilating NYC harbor cop (Sean Patrick... More>>
'Novo'
, September 13, 2005
In Novo, Eduardo Noriega is Graham, a ruggedly handsome Paris photocopy clerk who can't remember people or events for more than 10 minutes at a... More>>
'Dorian Blues'
, September 13, 2005
Inhabiting the breezeway between the sweet sincerity of Beautiful Thing and the didacticism of an ABC Afterschool Special, this upstate New York... More>>
Death Becomes Her Death Becomes Her
Skeleton glee: Burton taps the pop-gothic semi-culture for a merrily macabre puppet folktale
, September 06, 2005
As a Hollywood mogul, Tim Burton has succeeded in molding his devotion to old pulp and antiquated methods into a cooler-than-cool marketing... More>>
War and Fleece: Niccol-Plated Gun Runner Satire Shoots Blanks War and Fleece: Niccol-Plated Gun Runner Satire Shoots Blanks
, September 06, 2005
Let no one say that Lord of War lacks for auteurist aspiration. In the opening-title sequence, set to the strains of Buffalo Springfield's... More>>
Memories of Overdevelopment Memories of Overdevelopment
At home she feels like a tourist: Faux travelogue shoots from the hip at exurban sprawl
, September 06, 2005
A dreamlike travelogue that transforms a mundane world into something strange and new, Jem Cohen's Chain crafts a fiction from visual documents,... More>>
The Weight of History Anchors an Earnest, Elliptical Odyssey The Weight of History Anchors an Earnest, Elliptical Odyssey
, September 06, 2005
Shot length might someday be used as a kind of cultural palmistry: American filmmakers favor unambiguous brevity, but for a certain breed of... More>>
Cinema Vertigo: Radical Film's Rapturous Secrets Revealed
, September 06, 2005
Ten years after its belated U.S. release, it seems as if Mikhail Kalatozov's I Am Cuba (1964) has always been with us, always staking out its... More>>
American Brooding American Brooding
Suburban renewal: Annoying teen-angst subgenre gets a refresher course in wistful emo
, September 06, 2005
Emo cinema adds another quirky, wistful member to its ranks with Thumbsucker, whose young suburbanite hero fits the type of pharmaceutically... More>>
Middlebrow Adaptation of a Math Play Doesn't Add Up Middlebrow Adaptation of a Math Play Doesn't Add Up
, September 06, 2005
A Miramax prestige pic based on David Auburn's Pulitzer-winning Broadway hit, Proof insists that life is not as tidy as mathematics—an... More>>
Everything's Been Understated in Foer Adaptation
, September 06, 2005
Utterly unfilmable novels don't scare some people—a would-be Cronenberg after a fashion, actor-turned- Yiddishe-auteur Liev Schreiber has... More>>
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