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Film Film
, 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>>
Film Film
, 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>>
Film
, 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>>
Film
, 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>>
Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Seminal speedmetal thrashers, despised by their own fans, seek and find psychiatric help
, June 29, 2004
Last fall, a hilarious 3,000-word review of Metallica's unlistenable St. Anger by some guy named Colin Tappe circulated over the Internet. He... More>>
Breaking the Waves: Z-Boy Trades Skateboard for Surfboard Breaking the Waves: Z-Boy Trades Skateboard for Surfboard
, June 29, 2004
Jeff Spicoli, Sean Penn's glazed-eyed truant in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, embodies the broadest stereotypes of the surfer in mantras like... More>>
Film
, June 29, 2004
The stencil for a thousand crime films to follow and even after 70-some years a sleek model of narrative excitement and paranoid construction,... More>>
To the Bitter End To the Bitter End
The context of no context: A self-questioning French director who insisted on imperfection
, June 29, 2004
Maurice Pialat, who died last year at age 77, was a Euro-film conundrum—hailed yet reviled, widely distributed yet rarely appreciated,... More>>
Sunset Blvd. to Mulholland Dr.: Los Angeles Films Itself
, June 29, 2004
Thom Andersen's visual-database-as-documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself, which opens at Film Forum July 28, runs close to three hours, but like... More>>
Marlon Brando 1924–2004 Marlon Brando 1924–2004
How the original Method man changed the nature of screen acting and shaped the national self-image
, June 29, 2004
Was he an actor, or a cultural eruption, an all-American zeitgeist with two legs, one swinging dick, and the appetite of a tartar? For the hungry... More>>
A Band Apart A Band Apart
Stressing value of therapy, directors issue anti-laughter edict
, June 29, 2004
As they release Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, a chronicle of Metallica's two years in therapy, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky are wondering... More>>
Boogie Knights Boogie Knights
Hack hawk down: Bruckheimer blitzkrieg stifles Arthurian epic's revisionist ambitions
, June 29, 2004
Another ornery boar leaping atop the new millennium's pig-pile of demi-historical and/or magick-stuffed battle sagas, King Arthur is, on the... More>>
Ferrell and Unbalanced: Non Sequiturs Nearly Anchor Spoof Ferrell and Unbalanced: Non Sequiturs Nearly Anchor Spoof
, June 29, 2004
Potent as a character actor, impressive if fatiguing as a lead, Will Ferrell possesses a comic gift that's linguistic as much as physical: The... More>>
Film Film
, June 29, 2004
Inherited wealth often comes with a high price—the abnegation of individuals before the duties and demands of family. The Inheritance, a... More>>
Film
, June 29, 2004
Sensitive young singer-songwriter Anthony (Innis Casey) is caught between the drudgery of his father's grocery store and dreams of a musical... More>>
Film
, June 29, 2004
Confined to her New York loft since losing her leg in an accident, depressed agoraphobe Anne (French art-house star Nathalie Richard) silently... More>>
Scary Movie
Undercover brothers find it's different for girls
, June 22, 2004
Like Eddie Murphy in that old Saturday Night Live skit, the bumbling FBI agents played by Marlon and Shawn Wayans in White Chicks go undercover... More>>
Aching Life Aching Life
Before Sunrise's Gen X lovers walk, talk, and catch up in a romantic real-time sequel
, June 22, 2004
Summer sequelitis is upon us, but the season is unlikely to bring anything more remarkable than Richard Linklater's sweet, smart, and deeply... More>>
Depressed Superhero Battles New Nemesis and Old Neuroses Depressed Superhero Battles New Nemesis and Old Neuroses
, June 22, 2004
Spider-Man may have been a mega-blockbuster, but Spider-Man 2 wastes little time reaffirming its loser bona fides. Successful crime-fighter... More>>
A Dry White Season A Dry White Season
Really ordinary people: Robert Redford and family keep their patrician chins to the wind
, June 22, 2004
Abduction thrillers generate much of their appeal (and, let's admit it, schadenfreude) by observing their typically complacent, upper-crust... More>>
Much Ozu About Everything: An Essential Retro's Encore Run
, June 22, 2004
Whatever bogus fireworks might be occupying the entertainment-industry airspace above our heads, it's always news when Ozu comes to town. One of... More>>
Aztec Camera Aztec Camera
From the Golden Age to Buñuel and beyond: Reveling in a century of Mexican cinema
, June 22, 2004
The key figure of Film Forum's rewarding "Cine Mexico" series isn't a director or a star—it's Gabriel Figueroa (1907–1997), a great... More>>
Film
, June 22, 2004
De-Lovely, Irwin Winkler's elaborately modern Cole Porter biopic, is openly gay and overwhelmingly glum. Never less than self-conscious, more... More>>
Film Film
, June 22, 2004
If you're sad that Reagan Week is over and just can't get enough of Americans with the darndest sense of optimism, hired-gun commercial and PSA... More>>
Film Film
, June 22, 2004
One of the new Israeli cinema's great strengths—the fact that its intimate domestic dramas (like Broken Wings) might take place just about... More>>
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