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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>>
See It Now See It Now
Geopolitickin' and an East Asian invasion highlight the 43rd New York Film Festival
, September 06, 2005
School is in, and this year's edition of the New York Film Festival, which runs from September 23 through October 9 at Lincoln Center, is nothing... More>>
Samurai and Old Souls: A Look Back at a Legendary Japanese Studio Samurai and Old Souls: A Look Back at a Legendary Japanese Studio
, September 06, 2005
Shochiku was founded as a theatrical producer specializing in Kabuki troupes. Its cinema company was organized by two men who had started as... More>>
'The Future of Food'
, September 06, 2005
The Future of Food, Deborah Koons Garcia's learned and persuasive essay about the perils of genetically modified (GM) foods, is a rarity—a... More>>
'Just Like Heaven'
, September 06, 2005
Good news for horror fans: Six years after Haley Joel Osment first saw dead people, the gimmick is finally safe for romantic comedy. Surely the... More>>
'Separate Lies'
, September 06, 2005
The best tragedies of manners rely on the viewer believing that protagonists are driven by binding social constraints to keep up appearances... More>>
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