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The North Face The North Face
, June 08, 2004
The heart-scraping Korean doc Repatriation (at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Walter Reade, June 19, 21, and 22) follows a group of... More>>
The Out-of-Towners The Out-of-Towners
Bumbling scientist and former gymnast circumnavigate the mad, mad, mad, mad world
, June 08, 2004
In Jules Verne's adventure novel, Phileas Fogg, a near-autistically fastidious London gentleman of independent means, tries to circumnavigate the... More>>
Signora Swaps Chickens for Cakes, Mistakes Regret for Tragedy Signora Swaps Chickens for Cakes, Mistakes Regret for Tragedy
, June 08, 2004
Giovanna (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) ekes out one of those lives of quiet desperation. She dreamed of becoming a pastry chef and had to settle for... More>>
You'll Sleep Through the Film: Reheated Get Carter More Lukewarm Than Cool
, June 08, 2004
With his sensibility still vinyl-skipping somewhere in 1965, Brit would-be auteur Mike Hodges seems an unlikely candidate for re-emergence, and... More>>
Vin Diesel's Octane Too Low to Power Riddick-ulous Sci-Fi Sequel Vin Diesel's Octane Too Low to Power Riddick-ulous Sci-Fi Sequel
, June 08, 2004
As he pats the haunches of a prisoner-lunching dog at feeding time, notorious murderer Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) explains to a fellow... More>>
Film
, June 08, 2004
No one can accuse Garfield: The Movie of infidelity to its source: It faithfully conveys the banality of Jim Davis's cartoon. (Though the casting... More>>
Film
, June 08, 2004
GRAND THEFT PARSONS Directed by David Caffrey Opens June 18, Village East A wishy-washy nowheresville of indie-film indecisiveness, this... More>>
Film Film
, June 08, 2004
Straight from the artist's unconscious, Alexander Sokurov's Father and Son posits a wildly eroticized filial relationship. The movie begins with... More>>
Film
, June 08, 2004
Attempts to integrate real sex into nonporn movies tend toward two modes: campy subcultural satires (John Waters, Bruce La Bruce) or pessimistic... More>>
Das Bootlegs
Hunting down verboten DVDs and videos on the Internet
, June 01, 2004
Sad as it seems, the cinema devout must wait for fickle businessmen to acquire rights, manufacture copies, and release videos in order to get our... More>>
The Return of the Giant Hydraulic Penis
, June 01, 2004
More than a decade ago, Shinya Tsukamoto established himself as Japanese cinema's arch-poet of sexual hysteria with the festival favorite Tetsuo:... More>>
Love in the Afternoon Love in the Afternoon
Unpronounceable talent makes unconscionably happy avant-pop breakthrough—maybe
, June 01, 2004
Avant-pop marches on—and with his unpronounceable name, unknown intentions, and casually uninflected camera placement, Apichatpong... More>>
Sympathetic Imelda Marcos Doc Walks a Mile in Her Shoes Sympathetic Imelda Marcos Doc Walks a Mile in Her Shoes
, June 01, 2004
Its brand-name title crying out for an exclamation point, this documentary portrait of Imelda Marcos is ambivalently pleased to subsume the... More>>
Deadpan Walking Deadpan Walking
Welcome to the droll house: American geekhood finds a new icon in a clueless Idaho teen
, June 01, 2004
Indie films have an obvious edge over studio projects: They are free to be the best roadside chili dog in Monterey rather than another... More>>
Quadruple-Nerd Score: Scrabble Nuts' National Smackdown Quadruple-Nerd Score: Scrabble Nuts' National Smackdown
, June 01, 2004
An amusing and slightly alarming Scrabble-freak portrait, Word Wars serves as a cautionary sequel to last year's Spellbound. What happens to... More>>
Avant-Garde Old Guard: Modernist Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Avant-Garde Old Guard: Modernist Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
, June 01, 2004
"An underlying theory that I will probably continue to pursue," Yvonne Rainer told art critic Lucy Lippard in 1975, is "that the most scabrous... More>>
Photo Ops Photo Ops
Docs about Calcutta slums, 9-11 detainees, and gay marriage evoke the power of images
, June 01, 2004
Forget The Swan—the increasing ease of digital image capture and distribution ensured that the year's most gruesomely riveting reality show... More>>
A Fan Who Wasn't There Remembers Broadway's Good Old Days A Fan Who Wasn't There Remembers Broadway's Good Old Days
, June 01, 2004
Growing up in Indiana, filmmaker Rick McKay didn't get to see the heralded Broadway performances he kept reading about in his local library. But... More>>
Film Film
, June 01, 2004
Long ago and far away, a scary band of right-wing ideologues and muck-manufacturing opportunists undertook to putsch an American... More>>
Film Film
, June 01, 2004
Disregarding that hallowed artistic amendment known as "the Woody and Mia clause," Los Angeles TV producer Michael Pressman decides, in a fit of... More>>
As Tears Go By As Tears Go By
A magical Mongolian fairy tale's mother-and-child reunion
, May 25, 2004
"So now, my children, I'll tell you the legend of the camel," a Mongolian grandfather intones as The Story of the Weeping Camel opens. This... More>>
Unknown Pleasures Unknown Pleasures
Cannes '04's Eden of East: A possibly unfinished pop symphony and an anime cyber-noir
, May 25, 2004
CANNES, FRANCE—Cannes, per one excited French headline, had produced "la Palme d'Or qui défie Bush." And the more that Quentin... More>>
The Best (and Worst) of Cannes's Latin American Undercurrent The Best (and Worst) of Cannes's Latin American Undercurrent
, May 25, 2004
CANNES, FRANCE—If East Asian pop (and pop art) permeated every section of Cannes, the festival was also characterized by a strong... More>>
Oshii and the Pink Robots Oshii and the Pink Robots
, May 25, 2004
CANNES, FRANCE—An island of introspection in a sea of hype, anime master Mamoru Oshii is a Yoda-like figure who giggles at interviewers'... More>>
Cold Comfort Cold Comfort
Rain of terror: Post–9-11 eco-disaster special indicts Dick Cheney, promotes Fox News
, May 25, 2004
Despite two thumbs up from Al Gore and John McCain, The Day After Tomorrow is not about to win any converts to the environmental cause. As... More>>
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