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I Was Bourne, But . . . I Was Bourne, But . . .
Matt Damon's one-man death squad goes out for revenge and copes with imagery seizures
, July 13, 2004
Although it didn't seem obvious at the time of its release, The Bourne Identity (2002) is a quietly remarkable piece of studio-movie sedition.... More>>
Repetition Compulsion: An Endlessly Mutating J-Horror Flick Repetition Compulsion: An Endlessly Mutating J-Horror Flick
, July 13, 2004
A curious experiment in chain-yanking horror-movie dynamics, Ju-on: The Grudge performs the ratchet-release-repeat trick with such metronomic... More>>
Meow Nix Meow Nix
Kitty litter: Armed with bullwhip and skimpy leather catsuit, Berry coughs up a hairball
, July 13, 2004
Nothing captures the essence of summer-blockbuster desperation quite like a billboard featuring an Oscar-winning actress on all fours. Or maybe... More>>
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, July 13, 2004
Long an under-celebrated influence on American experimental cinema, Saul Levine now receives a rare retrospective of his own, in conjunction with... More>>
It's a Small World: Farrell's Man-Child Cut Down to Size It's a Small World: Farrell's Man-Child Cut Down to Size
, July 13, 2004
"I felt my own largeness heating up the air," says Bobby Morrow during a full-frontal moment in Michael Cunningham's 1990 novel A Home at the End... More>>
Sweet Smell of Excess: Fellini's Ethical Society Reporting Sweet Smell of Excess: Fellini's Ethical Society Reporting
, July 13, 2004
Fellini may be the most dated and retrospectively overinflated of the new wave era's headline acts, but La Dolce Vita (1960) is still a potent,... More>>
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, July 13, 2004
A mini–Short Cuts for the upwardly mobile Indo-American professional class, Flavors juggles four story lines loosely connected by the... More>>
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, July 13, 2004
The level of subtlety expressed in the title of this video broadside about media consolidation continues into the rhetoric deployed by its... More>>
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, July 13, 2004
Weary of her abusive stepdad, trailer princess Nola Keynes (Emmy Rossum) hotfoots it out of Kansas and hits Manhattan, where she's shocked to... More>>
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, July 13, 2004
A tedious deconstruction/send-up of '80s slasher flicks, Make a Wish fails on both counts: Combining all-gay characters with traditionally macho... More>>
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, July 13, 2004
Donnie Darko's passage from Sundance ruin to midnight-movie religion is an underdog feat worthy of its hero. Trust distributors Newmarket, newly... More>>
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, July 13, 2004
Author of the million-copy-selling A People's History of the United States, 81-year-old Howard Zinn is the activist academic as working-class... More>>
Widow Treatment Widow Treatment
Love—and death—on Long Island! Irving adaptation becomes Lands' End commercial
, July 06, 2004
Too little has been said about John Irving's typographical tics. He may or may not be our Dickens, but he is decidedly an ace at emphasis. He's... More>>
Better Luck Today: Asian Fest Imagines There's No Countries
, July 06, 2004
How much Asian cinema can one city take in a single summer? Last month's New York Asian Film Festival placed some of the continent's edgier... More>>
400 Grams and a Mule 400 Grams and a Mule
Grace and will: Assured debut feature treats a tabloid premise with restraint and intelligence
, July 06, 2004
Like a super-concentrated plot thread from Traffic, only without parallel story lines for pressure-relieving diversion, Joshua Marston's Maria... More>>
Barney Rumble: Superficial Doc Revisits Clinton's Gay '90s
, July 06, 2004
Bart Everly's doting portrait of openly gay Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank dispels current notions about the so-called return of the... More>>
Coup de Grace Coup de Grace
First-time director channels Colombian teen dope trafficker
, July 06, 2004
Joshua Marston acknowledges he's never been a 17-year-old Colombian girl. But that doesn't mean he can't tell a story about one. He's even... More>>
Moods for Moderns Moods for Moderns
Video art to video games: Channeling game-boy thrills, secret shames, and wartime woes
, July 06, 2004
Following Marshall McLuhan, early writing about video art proposed an aesthetics of narcissism; later, academics channel-surfed, read some... More>>
Princeton Revue: Duff's Little Match Girl Preps for Rejection
, July 06, 2004
"Do fairy tales come true, Dad?" a young sprite asks her father in A Cinderella Story. "No, but dreams do." This is odd, coming from a telling... More>>
Blank Generation: Richard Foreman's Script Communes With Anna O.
, July 06, 2004
Hysterics bend the knee, or try to, in Planet Earth: Dreams, a rigorous space-out penned by our bard of staged aphasia, Richard Foreman. It's a... More>>
Japanese Heartthrob Taps With Takeshi, Spars With Uma Japanese Heartthrob Taps With Takeshi, Spars With Uma
, July 06, 2004
"Dub Me Tender," the T-shirted chest says, visible under a flowing white smock. "_______," the beautiful face says, bedecked in youthful... More>>
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, July 06, 2004
Thirtysomething Alim (Jimi Mistry) might be a bit too old to play with imaginary friends, let alone dead film legends, but he does. As befits a... More>>
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, July 06, 2004
Told as if David Lean and Richard Linklater hadn't already perfected railway romantic drama, Zhou Yu's Train treats the simple moments of... More>>
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, July 06, 2004
This loving, almost hagiographic tribute to the art of improvised rapping and battling does not feature Eminem. There is no footage from 8 Mile... More>>
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, July 06, 2004
Sleepover is basically Sixteen Candles for the new cell-phoned 'tween set. A hot, practically mute high schooler risks his hard-earned cred to... More>>
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