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Nations, Building: Indigenous Fest Offers Hope
, May 03, 2005
Terra incognita for most Americans, indigenous filmmaking remains fraught with possibility for the adventurous moviegoer. Beyond the self-evident... More>>
JGL/JGL: E.T.s to BJs
, May 03, 2005
Growing up on a hit TV show is presumably not quite like turning tricks in a dead-end Kansas town, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt empathizes with the... More>>
The Mother and the Whore The Mother and the Whore
Maternal affairs: Fonda smolders as soul-freezing witch; Huppert sluts it up on autopilot
, May 03, 2005
"I don't want your love unless you know I am repulsive," intones the luxuriantly dissolute matriarch to her teenage son in Georges Bataille's... More>>
King's Gambit King's Gambit
No more drama: Arnaud Desplechin's light tragicomedy
, May 03, 2005
Arnaud Desplechin's Kings and Queen is a thrilling, exhausting tragicomedy that crams almost every known emotion into its two-and-a-half-hour... More>>
Signs and Wonders Signs and Wonders
Regal cinema: Desplechin's extravagant soap opera boasts at least four ideas a minute
, May 03, 2005
Rich and strange, Arnaud Desplechin's Kings and Queen is a movie of large gestures and outsize performances. This extravagant family melodrama,... More>>
Awkward Silent: Turning Down the Volume on a Lloyd Talkie Awkward Silent: Turning Down the Volume on a Lloyd Talkie
, May 03, 2005
Film Forum's Harold Lloyd retro winds up with a present for fans of the bespectacled slapstick star—a newly discovered and restored silent... More>>
Tivo Alert
, May 03, 2005
An unknown masterpiece, cablecast early Saturday morning at the ungodly hour traditionally reserved for such treasures, Austrian director G.W.... More>>
Film Film
, May 03, 2005
Blind man's ruff: Sappy revenge drama is worst in show Missing from Unleashed is every hallmark of good filmmaking, but its most glaring... More>>
The Fable Guy The Fable Guy
Reassessing an English visionary's symphonic formalism
, April 26, 2005
Michael Powell once said of his films, "They are, for the most part, fairy tales." Certainly during the mid-to-late-'40s high tide of his... More>>
Holy Crap Holy Crap
The empire strikes back: Uneasy nods to contemporary politics is all this Heaven knows
, April 26, 2005
What more spectacular and reverent way to celebrate the selection of the world's richest and most sanctimonious corporation's new puppethead than... More>>
Melting Plot: Haggis's Hyperbolic Civics Lesson a Minor Wreck Melting Plot: Haggis's Hyperbolic Civics Lesson a Minor Wreck
, April 26, 2005
A daisy-chain civics lesson about race that makes Spike Lee seem pianissimo, Million Dollar Baby scripter Paul Haggis's directorial debut, Crash,... More>>
The Lost Boys The Lost Boys
Skin and boners: Araki eschews pedophilia chic to shatter myths of youthful innocence
, April 26, 2005
In Todd Solondz's current Palindromes, the heroine claims to believe in the innocence of an accused child molester because, as she... More>>
Blue Monday: Hartley Sci-Fi Lacks F/X and Affect Blue Monday: Hartley Sci-Fi Lacks F/X and Affect
, April 26, 2005
An ultimately drab sci-fi satire of contemporary corporatized culture, The Girl From Monday shoots for Alphaville but arrives at something closer... More>>
Sade-ways: The Story of Story of O
, April 26, 2005
"I just want to be a hole," says the pensive masochist in Catherine Breillat's Romance. The heroine of Story of O, godmother to cerebral... More>>
Film Film
, April 26, 2005
O brother, where art thou: Deft but dour Danish digi-drama Coming to us without a Dogme assignation or project number, Susanne Bier's Brothers... More>>
Film Film
, April 26, 2005
Monster ball: Documentary tests Bonds of sportsmanship A Ben Franklin parable come to life, the long, strange saga of Barry Bonds's 73rd home... More>>
Film
, April 26, 2005
On television, gleeful Germans hack apart sections of the Berlin Wall, but alone in her modernist Munich home, novelist Hanna Flanders watches... More>>
Mostly Harmless Mostly Harmless
Galaxy quest: Disney waters down sci-fi classic, turning radical wit into not-so-deep space
, April 19, 2005
Radical atheist and devout science geek Douglas Adams died of a heart attack at the ridiculously early age of 49 in May 2001. He thus missed... More>>
Kim's Latest Buoys Before It Baffles Kim's Latest Buoys Before It Baffles
, April 19, 2005
Those who view recent Korean cinema as an endless Grand Guignol might be forgiven for thinking that 3-Iron is about a guy who uses a golf club as... More>>
Bored and Fjord: Series Looks at Finnish Doldrums
, April 19, 2005
The title "Filmland" suggests a low-output day at the punning factory, but this would-be witticism carries a polemical edge. Overshadowed by its... More>>
The Graduates The Graduates
Indie captures twentysomething indecision, like, perfectly
, April 19, 2005
Most of the ha-ha's in Funny Ha Ha are not exactly funny: Andrew Bujalski's debut feature is foremost a squirming comedy of recognition. This... More>>
Funny Because It's True
, April 19, 2005
"It's had a very peculiar life span—nothing that I could have predicted," muses writer-director Andrew Bujalski on his debut feature, Funny... More>>
Far From Heaven Far From Heaven
The young one: Argentine writer-director artfully plumbs sexual and religious obsession
, April 19, 2005
It's taken Argentine writer-director Lucrecia Martel, not yet 40, only two features—her 2001 debut La Ciénaga and The Holy Girl (La... More>>
Sleepy Beauty: Suite Star Smolders as Teen Lover on the Run Sleepy Beauty: Suite Star Smolders as Teen Lover on the Run
, April 19, 2005
Isild Le Besco, the young star of Benoît Jacquot's Tout de Suite, has the face of someone woken from a thousand-year slumber. Her lids are... More>>
Film
, April 19, 2005
May Day weekend at Anthology Film Archives is consecrated to the most influential of post-war French avant-garde movements. "Films of the... More>>
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