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Morrissey's Vamps and Tramps Subvert Tinseltown Icons
, September 30, 2003
Paul knew more about the critical and historical approaches to film—especially Hollywood films—than anybody who'd ever been around the... More>>
Exile in Dogville Exile in Dogville
22 films from 14 countries: Striking crimson gold at the annual New York Film Festival
, September 30, 2003
When the New York Film Festival's opening-night film, Mystic River, materialized late in competition at Cannes, it seemed destined to crown Clint... More>>
NYFF Docs
, September 30, 2003
S21: THE KHMER ROUGE KILLING MACHINE October 5 Rithy Panh revisits the most extreme Communist regime to ever decimate a society. Filled with... More>>
Those Who Love Sundance Tearjerkers Can Take The Train Those Who Love Sundance Tearjerkers Can Take The Train
, September 30, 2003
Neither a misfit-buddy flick nor a fish-out-of-water tearjerker, Tom McCarthy's Sundance crowd-pleaser manages to explore the darker facets of... More>>
Play Mystic For Me Play Mystic For Me
With an ambitious crime thriller, Clint Eastwood opens NYFF and returns to top form
, September 30, 2003
Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, which opens the New York Film Festival Friday night and goes into theatrical release next Wednesday, is an urban... More>>
Distant Voices, Still Lifes: Ozu Finds 'Presence in Absence' Distant Voices, Still Lifes: Ozu Finds 'Presence in Absence'
, September 30, 2003
At the time of Yasujiro Ozu's death in 1963, the West was just beginning to catch up with him. Practically an institution at home, he was... More>>
Film
, September 30, 2003
German director E.A. Dupont was one of the world's most celebrated filmmakers when he came to London, by way of Hollywood, for the swan song of... More>>
Film
, September 30, 2003
DUPLEX Directed by Danny DeVito Miramax, in release "It would be nice not to write at Starbucks with the other novelists," muses scribe Alex... More>>
The Young and the Damned The Young and the Damned
Woody Allen Courts a New Demographic; A Cross-Cultural Musical Flirts With Disaster
, September 23, 2003
The post-teen rom-com is a desperate business in woeful need of intelligent resources, but after beholding Woody Allen's Anything Else and Deepa... More>>
Past Imperfect Past Imperfect
French Doc Veteran Nicolas Philibert Goes Back to School
, September 23, 2003
I've always thought that movies could be about simple, everyday things," says documentary filmmaker Nicolas Philibert. "The subject matters less... More>>
Dutch Documentarian Explores the Contours of Memory Dutch Documentarian Explores the Contours of Memory
, September 23, 2003
A decade ago in Lima, as portrayed in Heddy Honigmann's documentary Metal and Melancholy (1993), an economic crisis made freelance livery one of... More>>
Hear My Song Hear My Song
A Slacker Musician Teaches Preppie Tykes a Lesson in Unleashing Their Inner Rockers
, September 23, 2003
Hurling himself into the role of pop pedagogue Dewey Finn, Jack Black is consistently hilarious—and not just in his dreams of moshpit glory.... More>>
Macho Men Make Love Not War in Israeli Army Romance Macho Men Make Love Not War in Israeli Army Romance
, September 23, 2003
Five minutes into Yossi & Jagger, two Israeli soldiers out on patrol are kissing and cuddling in a snowy field somewhere near the Lebanon border.... More>>
Film
, September 23, 2003
Once upon a time, horror movies were lavish period pieces—the madly romantic province of tortured, bizarrely disfigured loners, typically... More>>
The Normal Heart The Normal Heart
Out of the Closet, Into the Army Garrison, a Tender Gay Romance Takes Israel by Storm
, September 23, 2003
Take a tragic gay romance, set it in the Israeli army, and you've got a recipe for outrage—or so it would seem. But Yossi & Jagger, which... More>>
Smitten Scribes and Wayward Women Conduct Affairs to Remember
, September 23, 2003
BAMcinématek's mini-round-up of new French films divides neatly into two themes: the messy love lives of writers and the plight of wayward... More>>
Preparing for the Not So Sweet Hereafter in a Sarah Polley Weepie Preparing for the Not So Sweet Hereafter in a Sarah Polley Weepie
, September 23, 2003
A tearjerker that falters in its attempts at deep thoughts, My Life Without Me examines how looming death can become an opportunity to bring life... More>>
L.A. Eccentric Finds Synth, Then Loses It, Along With Script
, September 23, 2003
The videos director Steve Hanft shot for Beck back in the '90s—including "Loser," a smog-huffing nightmare complete with squeegee-wielding... More>>
Film Film
, September 23, 2003
BUBBA HO-TEP Directed by Don Coscarelli, Vitagraph Opens September 26, Angelika A self-consciously cornball horror film set firmly in Joe Bob... More>>
Pump Up The Volume Pump Up The Volume
Sad Songs, Rock Legends, and a Naked Meg Ryan Dominate the Toronto Film Festival
, September 16, 2003
TORONTO—Generous and accommodating, Toronto is the film festival that can be whatever you want it to be. With hundreds of journalists... More>>
Battling Over Anime Porn in Paris, Tokyo, and Cyberspace Battling Over Anime Porn in Paris, Tokyo, and Cyberspace
, September 16, 2003
Ostentatiously set 15 minutes into the future, Olivier Assayas's demonlover is an exercise in video-game aesthetics and image circulation. The... More>>
Festival M.I.A.'s
, September 16, 2003
Given that Toronto has 15 times more movies than its exclusive New York cousin, there is always overlap. What can be fascinating or frustrating... More>>
Children's Hour Children's Hour
Through West Asian Hinterlands and Bucolic France, Kids Are on the Road and in the Hall
, September 16, 2003
The invention of childhood has been with us since the Victorians, but as the night-day contrast between Nicolas Philibert's nonfiction To Be and... More>>
Frustrated Mothers-to-Be Flounder in Saylesian Purgatory Frustrated Mothers-to-Be Flounder in Saylesian Purgatory
, September 16, 2003
Almost all of John Sayles's films could be titled Limbo insofar as they catalog lives in indefinite suspension and communities shaken out of... More>>
Of Human Bondage: Dogme Godfather Braves an Obstruction Course Of Human Bondage: Dogme Godfather Braves an Obstruction Course
, September 16, 2003
Lars von Trier is both revered and reviled for subjecting his characters—and, loosely speaking, his actors—to suffering and martyrdom,... More>>
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