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Saving Private Lee: A Gory, Soapy Korean War Epic
, August 24, 2004
Literalizing the phrase "band of brothers," Shiri director Kang Je-gyu's Asian box office smash Tae Guk Gi gives the Korean War the Saving... More>>
Stress Becomes Her: Actress Conquers Middlebrow Angst Stress Becomes Her: Actress Conquers Middlebrow Angst
, August 24, 2004
Among the many pleasures of watching Italian actress Laura Morante is a certain astringency that seizes her face in moments of stress—her... More>>
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, August 24, 2004
Hairdresser Xen (Rehaan Engineer) has had a gift since he stood in a soundproof recording-studio booth and watched his parents die (at the hands... More>>
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, August 24, 2004
Mere weeks before 9-11, firefighter Gerard Baptiste purchased a beat-up old motorcycle, with plans to fix it up. He never got the... More>>
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, August 24, 2004
The downtown performance artist formerly known as Michael Morra, who died in 2001, led the sort of life that might make a compelling... More>>
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, August 24, 2004
Deborah Kampmeier's muddled, miserable first feature about maculate conception will make you look back fondly on 1985, the year Godard's Hail... More>>
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, August 24, 2004
What thousands of Muslims in the U.S. were put through immediately after 9-11 was pure torture—yanked off the streets because of their... More>>
The Penis Mightier The Penis Mightier
Proud indie panders to no one but its writer-director-producer-star-editor-cinematographer
, August 17, 2004
Does actor-filmmaker Vincent Gallo resent his own publicity? Give the man props for his boldly divided consciousness and world-class showmanship.... More>>
Man With No Name Tells a Story of Heroics, Color Coordination Man With No Name Tells a Story of Heroics, Color Coordination
, August 17, 2004
Hero, Zhang Yimou's impeccably crafted, all-star martial arts extravaganza, is the essence of shallow gravitas. Told, largely in flashback, by a... More>>
Matinee-Ready Exorcist Prequel Haunted by Its Own Phantom Matinee-Ready Exorcist Prequel Haunted by Its Own Phantom
, August 17, 2004
Green-lit after its progenitor's surprise re-release reap-load, Exorcist: The Beginning comes trailing a fascinating shadow: Ethical explorer... More>>
Three More Political Docs Prepare New York City for the RNC Three More Political Docs Prepare New York City for the RNC
, August 17, 2004
This time the revolution will be televised, or at least captured on video and projected in theaters. The Fourth World War appropriates the... More>>
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, August 17, 2004
Research shows that if you've seen three Godzilla movies you've seen 'em all, so it's fortunate that several of Toho's lesser-known monster... More>>
They Might Be Giants They Might Be Giants
First Tokyo, then the world: Retro unleashes rampaging bestiary of toylike behemoths
, August 17, 2004
Father of Godzilla Marketing the original Godzilla as a lost art film this spring was a neat trick by Film Forum, but it's not one they can... More>>
My Generation My Generation
Breaking the sound barrier: A director's take on movies, music, adolescence, and politics
, August 17, 2004
"I Can Hear the Guitar," the series I programmed for BAM, was inspired by an interview I did with the French magazine Télérama.... More>>
A Documentarian Searches for His Tobacco-Stained Roots A Documentarian Searches for His Tobacco-Stained Roots
, August 17, 2004
If Ross McElwee were a novelist instead of a creative-nonfiction documentarian, he'd have awards by the mantelful, he'd be an Oprah's Book Club... More>>
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, August 17, 2004
Traveling to Cancún in hopes of forgetting a humiliating neighborhood softball defeat, Queens lug Dino (Carmine Famiglietti) and his... More>>
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, August 17, 2004
Chinless Frenchman Georges (Philippe Chevallier) has cheated on his wife with Emmanuelle, wooing her with promises of fame as vain as the film's... More>>
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, August 17, 2004
How do you siphon the laffs from a surefire gut-busting premise like city slickers stuck in the sticks, pursued by inbred yokels and randy... More>>
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, August 17, 2004
The campaign's latest scare doc takes its title, Bush's Brain, and much of its argument from the portrait of political operative and bogeyman... More>>
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, August 17, 2004
Floating around festivals for four years since it killed at the Thai box office, Bang Rajan emerges from the dank, Hollywoodized Asian jungle to... More>>
Streamlined Streamlined
Adolescent tensions run deep in an atmospheric, if mechanical, thriller from Sundance
, August 10, 2004
A fairly ordinary, machine-shopped Sundance résumé indie, seemingly balanced somewhere between half-realized ambition and... More>>
Perceptive Talking Heads Can't Redeem a Sloppy Cinematic Blog
, August 10, 2004
Anybody who tries to deconstruct the new American empire erected by the Bush regime's schnooks and crooks winds up babbling to himself and... More>>
Mild Things: A Brighter Look at  Waugh's Celebrity Culture Mild Things: A Brighter Look at Waugh's Celebrity Culture
, August 10, 2004
Evelyn Waugh closed Vile Bodies, his tart look at the not unrelated subjects of journalism, partygoing, and war, with a section entitled "Happy... More>>
Slime Pickings Slime Pickings
Latex vaginas + Boba Fetts on steroids = choreographed black-on-black-in-blackness
, August 10, 2004
In the lowfalutin spirit of Dracula vs. Frankenstein, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and Freddy vs. Jason (not to mention next summer's inevitable Benji... More>>
Road to Ruin Road to Ruin
With Johnny as the downbeat, documentary charts the rise and fall of the Ramone empire
, August 10, 2004
The most vivid figure in Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields's End of the Century was the least articulate and most archetypal of the Ramones:... More>>
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