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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>>
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, 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>>
Film Film
, December 21, 2004
Work remains a four-letter word in Hollywood movies, and simply for that reason, Paul Weitz's In Good Company—with its passing but palpable... More>>
Film
, December 21, 2004
A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG Written and directed by Shainee Gabel Lions Gate, opens December 29 "Everyone knows that books are better than... More>>
Film
, December 21, 2004
DARKNESS Directed by Jaume Balagueró Dimension, in release Forgetting he was nearly killed there by a cult 40 years earlier, expat Mark... More>>
Broken Wing Broken Wing
Phoenix risible: Another needless remake barely takes off
, December 14, 2004
Remaking a movie that anybody with cable can watch twice a week seems a little foolhardy, particularly when the update is as perfunctory as John... More>>
Soft Skin: Freudian Lust and Costumed Silliness in Demy's May Day Musical
, December 14, 2004
With only a rough third of his singsong filmography familiar to American movieheads, French new wave fantasist Jacques Demy seems long overdue... More>>
The Fable Guy The Fable Guy
Sprite of the hunter: Jim Carrey journeys through a postmodern 'tween-gothic neverland
, December 14, 2004
A wry Charles Addams channeling arisen to challenge the childrens'-section dominance of J.K. Rowling, the Lemony Snicket narratives are sourball... More>>
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