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Film
, January 11, 2005
A sprightly digital-video month in the life of cheerfully nefarious photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, Arakimentari serves as a slight introduction, a... More>>
Film
, January 11, 2005
Far be it from me to knock a movie that pivots on the notion that hell is other people's children, but—despite a promising early analogy... More>>
Film
, January 11, 2005
This account of the pre-Nazi glory and subsequent harrowing fate of the Austrian Jewish sports club Hakoah makes for a necessary corrective to... More>>
Michael Keaton Back From the Dead in Paranormal Thriller Michael Keaton Back From the Dead in Paranormal Thriller
, January 04, 2005
This is the language of waves and radiation, or how the dead speak to the living," wrote Don DeLillo 20 years ago in White Noise. Geoffrey Sax's... More>>
Homeland Insecurity Homeland Insecurity
The whole megillah: Crossing the globe, Jewish films examine immigration and identity
, January 04, 2005
"It is part of morality not to be at home in one's home," Theodor Adorno wrote during World War II, while exiled from his native Germany in Los... More>>
Zero for Content: Globalized French Import far From Melodic Zero for Content: Globalized French Import far From Melodic
, January 04, 2005
The cinematic equivalent of filtered water, The Chorus is all smooth, nutrient-free clichés. This shamelessly globalized French Oscar... More>>
Living in Oblivion
Reagan-era callousness sparked an indie film renaissance. Will Bush II inspire another?
, January 04, 2005
While George W. Bush is being inaugurated in Washington, D.C., next Thursday, the annual Sundance Film Festival will kick off in Park City, Utah.... More>>
Back to the Future Back to the Future
An independent-film veteran recalls the '80s and looks ahead
, January 04, 2005
In the early '80s, I came to New York to attend NYU film school. By the late '80s, after working in various production positions and doing script... More>>
The Realm of the Unreal The Realm of the Unreal
The bad seed: All bods and borgs, snazzy but derivative anime is a ghost of its predecessors
, January 04, 2005
Several years back, The New York Times' Arts & Leisure section emblazoned its front page with a garishly colored and extremely busy cartoon... More>>
Japanese Genre Firebombs Send Codes of Honor up in Flames Japanese Genre Firebombs Send Codes of Honor up in Flames
, January 04, 2005
The posthumous reappraisal of Japan's most iconoclastic pulpster, Kinji Fukasaku, continues with this handsome packaging of what came to be known... More>>
Film
, January 04, 2005
For those who think they've got Takashi Miike pegged as a slapdash, taboo-targeting pulp pope, consider this monstrously neglected 1998 beauty,... More>>
Film
, January 04, 2005
A zippy, nasty 1998 Dutch film that only hit U.S. screens in small festivals, Robert Jan Westdijk's low-life melodrama seems ripe for an American... More>>
Film
, January 04, 2005
Already ranking with the Japanese absurdist-comic likes of Miike, Kurosawa, and Sabu after only a handful of films, Toshiaki Toyoda is a restless... More>>
Film
, January 04, 2005
About halfway through Racing Stripes, there's a gag where a pair of horseflies fall ass-backward into a heap of shit, only to assume they've died... More>>
Film
, January 04, 2005
Shot in July 2003 by the D.C.-based collective InCounter Productions, About Baghdad documents the return of Iraqi writer Sinan Antoon (one of the... More>>
The Reich Stuff The Reich Stuff
The big Parade: A found-footage assemblage remembers the selling of Adolf Hitler, pop icon
, December 28, 2004
The title Hitler's Hit Parade may sound flip but it's not exactly an oxymoron. For a dozen years, everyone—or almost everyone—in... More>>
Bringing Out the Dead: Scorsese's Sordid Everyman Returns Bringing Out the Dead: Scorsese's Sordid Everyman Returns
, December 28, 2004
What can be newly said about this savage, many-headed dragon of the American new wave, a luridly realistic movie about a quiet New York... More>>
Noir Exam Answers
, December 28, 2004
Here I am, the dean of Noir University, with the NAT (Noir Assessment Test) results, though just before grading the papers I disappeared and got... More>>
Noir Genius Exam
, December 28, 2004
Essay Question Waldo Lydecker in Laura says: "I felt as if I were the only human being left in New York." Going beyond Waldo and the town and... More>>
Screed is Good: NYC Docs Examine Two Kinds of Markets Screed is Good: NYC Docs Examine Two Kinds of Markets
, December 28, 2004
A documentary double bill brings distinctively European sensibilities to New York's worlds of high finance and fashion. Wall Street provides an... More>>
Film
, December 28, 2004
Spend January 7 at the Walter Reade; you'll take an amazing spin through the dance film universe, beginning with a staid 1952 doc shot in Bali by... More>>
Film
, December 28, 2004
Depraved, disgusting, misogynistic, ugly, and interminable, Murder-Set-Pieces is the lowest form of cinematic life, a movie so utterly degenerate... More>>
Looking For Richard Looking For Richard
Wrath of a salesman: Paranoid '70s misfit reinvents himself as weapon of self-destruction
, December 21, 2004
A blip on the harried cultural radar of 1974—when Watergate, hemorrhaging 'Nam fallout, European upheavals, and endless Cold War... More>>
Pound of flash: Pacino master class can't save Merchant
, December 21, 2004
In adapting the Shakespeare play most often filed under Problematic, director Michael Radford may resist the usual lure to contemporize the Bard,... More>>
Film Film
, December 21, 2004
His first three features made it clear that Jacques Tati was the pre-eminent European director-comedian of the sound era. As a performer, Tati... More>>
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