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They Stand Alone
John Frankenheimer's Lone Heroes Confront Communists, the French, and Themselves
, September 16, 2003
John Frankenheimer, who died last year at 72, belonged to a generation of Hollywood filmmakers who began their careers in the glory days of live... More>>
Saving Churches and Souls but Not Cuba Gooding's Career
, September 16, 2003
The Fighting Temptations is a workout for the psychic strainer; there's some real gold within the "hey, let's put on a show to save the church... More>>
Leni Riefenstahl, 1902-2003 Leni Riefenstahl, 1902-2003
A Wonderful, Horrible Life
, September 16, 2003
Once upon a time in Berlin, there was a young, blonde, beautiful maiden named Leni, who starred in silent movies and longed to make films... More>>
A Vampires-and-Werewolves Dud A Vampires-and-Werewolves Dud
Fangs but No Thanks
, September 16, 2003
Worst Don DeLillo adaptation, ever. Good vampire movies are really about sexual submission, good werewolf movies are really about sexual... More>>
The Rise of the Machines The Rise of the Machines
The Future Is Today, in Olivier Assayas's Plugged-In Virtual Porn Cyberthriller
, September 16, 2003
A shiny, wireless perpetual-motion machine, forever in flux as if to stave off obsolescence, Olivier Assayas's demonlover makes other present-day... More>>
, September 16, 2003
NEW YORK AIDS FILM FESTIVAL September 16 through 23, Quad This new festival charts 20 years of medical and social progress through landmarks... More>>
Back To Nature Back To Nature
Boomer Doc Gets Naked About Growing Up; Screamer Flick Finds Infection Is Out There
, September 09, 2003
Both cries from the all-American wilderness, Robb Moss's The Same River Twice and Eli Roth's Cabin Fever comprise a veritable yin-yang of... More>>
Fado Singer Gambles on Love in Portuguese American Town Fado Singer Gambles on Love in Portuguese American Town
, September 09, 2003
The fishing town of New Bedford, Massachusetts, is described in Passionada's opening credits as "a little bit of Portugal in America." In fact,... More>>
After Sunset After Sunset
Coppola's Camera Karaokes Through Tokyo and Finds Bill Murray Singing Roxy Music
, September 09, 2003
Lost in Translation opens with a wistful consideration of Scarlett Johansson's derriere, but this odalisque notwithstanding, it's Bill Murray's... More>>
Cage's Con Artist Discovers the Finer Points of Adaptation Cage's Con Artist Discovers the Finer Points of Adaptation
, September 09, 2003
A change of pace for Sir Ridley Scott, Matchstick Men is more cerebral than muscular, a movie with neither gladiators nor choppers. Adapted by... More>>
Film Film
, September 09, 2003
Sensitive as we are to the national image, the "American Effect" show, at the Whitney through October 12, has received mixed reviews. The... More>>
Found in Translation Found in Translation
Talking Pictures and Silent Valentines Leave Human Stains at the Venice Film Festival
, September 09, 2003
VENICE, ITALY—The 60th edition of the world's oldest film festival concluded with a ringing endorsement of the new. Russian director Andrey... More>>
Desert Blue Desert Blue
Hardcore Existentialist Bruno Dumont Gets the Last Laugh
, September 09, 2003
No audience reaction in Venice came close to the one accorded Bruno Dumont's Twentynine Palms: hysterical laughter, sardonic applause, emphatic... More>>
A Guy Thing A Guy Thing
The Maddest Interview in the World
, September 09, 2003
In Guy Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World, Depression-era Winnipeg plays host to the titular international competition (sponsored by... More>>
Rodriguez's Desperado Hours Drag, but Johnny Be Good Rodriguez's Desperado Hours Drag, but Johnny Be Good
, September 09, 2003
The working title of Once Upon a Time in Mexico was Desperado II, and the working title of Desperado was El Mariachi II (why not For a Few... More>>
David Spade Gets and Stays Arrested in Creepy Hollywood Satire
, September 09, 2003
Obtuse and creepy, Dickie Roberts asks that we accept David Spade as a character who desperately wants to be wanted, which is asking a lot. Spade... More>>
, September 09, 2003
Dummy Written and directed by Greg Pritikin Artisan, opens September 12 If ever an indie needed Project Greenlight's mandated slickness and... More>>
Teenage Wasteland Teenage Wasteland
Returning to Columbine, Films Seek Psychological Answers Amid the Lore of Massacre
, September 02, 2003
Among the symptoms that characterized the jittery, scarcely remembered run-up to the millennium was the nightmare rash of high school... More>>
Jean Gabin Ushers in Era of Dark French Gangster Films Jean Gabin Ushers in Era of Dark French Gangster Films
, September 02, 2003
The gangsters in Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Don't Touch the Loot) skew toward the middle-aged and courtly—but is there ever really honor among... More>>
Schoolyard Terror: 11 Landmarks
, September 02, 2003
ZÉRO DE CONDUITE (1933) Jean Vigo's lyrical account of student rebellion is booed at its premiere, then banned in France until after... More>>
In the Club In the Club
Club Kid Flick Needs a Bump, and Dee Dee's Home Alone
, September 02, 2003
It's not easy to film euphoria—just check out Groove. I was hoping for some swoony transport from Party Monster, the story of club kid... More>>
Uncovering the True Story of Hitler's Favorite Conductor
, September 02, 2003
German artists fled the Third Reich in droves, while many of those who stayed counted themselves "internal exiles." Was musician Wilhelm... More>>
Revolution And Resilience Revolution And Resilience
Art-House Pop Translates Traumatic Political Memories in Bittersweet Fiesta of Latin Lives
, September 02, 2003
"Memory is not recorded like film," reads a quote printed, agit-art style, over a montage of street scenes in Eryk Rocha's Stones in the Sky... More>>
Havana Ball: Cuban Docs Examine the Politics of Dancing Havana Ball: Cuban Docs Examine the Politics of Dancing
, September 02, 2003
It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time when Cuban music dominated New York nightlife, when Cuban big bands sold out the hottest clubs,... More>>
Circumnavigating Both Hemispheres, Frampton Comes Alive Circumnavigating Both Hemispheres, Frampton Comes Alive
, September 02, 2003
Beginning in the late '60s, American avant-garde film achieved its intellectual apex with a congeries of practices later dubbed structuralist... More>>
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