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Mind the Gap Mind the Gap
Moving images at the Whitney reflect the art world's slow embrace of experimental film
, March 09, 2004
Although the Whitney Biennial is one of the few major art events committed to showcasing cinema, its film and video programming plays a curiously... More>>
Despite Star's Best Efforts, Corny Thriller Goes off the Depp End Despite Star's Best Efforts, Corny Thriller Goes off the Depp End
, March 09, 2004
Trailing Bacardi breath and mascara stains, Johnny Depp's gloriously dandyish buccaneer in Pirates of the Caribbean alerted the moviegoing masses... More>>
Tracking Shot Tracking Shot
, March 09, 2004
Capping an Anthology retro this week, San Francisco's Jon Moritsugu has entered the autumn—the Rocktober?—of his nihilism. In the new... More>>
A Merry War A Merry War
French collaborationist farce drowns in decor
, March 09, 2004
For the French, few events elicit a greater sense of collective shame than the country's 1940 capitulation to Nazi Germany, an event that... More>>
Northern Exposure Northern Exposure
Albino antihero makes an impractical bid for freedom in a low-key Icelandic slacker drama
, March 09, 2004
Nói strands a low-melanin antihero in a stark, ends-of-the-earth setting to evoke a near hallucinatory sense of white-on-white... More>>
Italian Master Marco Bellocchio Raises His Fists to the System Italian Master Marco Bellocchio Raises His Fists to the System
, March 09, 2004
Steadily productive, fascinatingly erratic, Marco Bellocchio couples a Buñuelian scorn for bourgeois ritual with a Wiseman-like attraction... More>>
Grime and Punishment: Irish Thriller Takes a Bathroom Break Grime and Punishment: Irish Thriller Takes a Bathroom Break
, March 09, 2004
There are still a few trainspotters left on the platform, to judge by Intermission, which sometimes attempts a working-class Irish rendition of... More>>
Film
, March 09, 2004
AGENT CODY BANKS: DESTINATION LONDON Directed by Kevin Allen MGM, in release After the Spy Kids franchise, Catch That Kid, and the first Agent... More>>
Horse platitudes: Rings king Viggo returns in colonial epic Horse platitudes: Rings king Viggo returns in colonial epic
, March 02, 2004
Pauline Kael called the western an inherently "hypocritical form." Indeed, traditional westerns tend to mythologize a past that contradicts the... More>>
Only Disconnect Only Disconnect
Lives converge but never intersect in an Istanbul of secular alienation and artistic angst
, March 02, 2004
Distant, the third feature by the 45-year-old Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, is a movie of quiet revelations that is itself quite... More>>
An unwilling guardian angel tends to a harried Haifa clan An unwilling guardian angel tends to a harried Haifa clan
, March 02, 2004
An auspicious debut by Israeli director Nir Bergman, Broken Wings makes scant reference to Israel's social problems and none at all to the... More>>
Tracking Shot Tracking Shot
, March 02, 2004
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, Lone Scherfig's English-language follow-up to her international Dogme success Italian for Beginners, released here... More>>
Obscure Objets of Desire Obscure Objets of Desire
Apocalyptic misanthropy and bourgeois adultery at an annual French film showcase
, March 02, 2004
What does it mean for the state of cinema when an 81-year-old auteur's screen version of a 1920s operetta seems the freshest work in a program... More>>
Sub-Masters Sub-Masters
San Francisco cult auteurs keep the outsider fires burning
, March 02, 2004
Legendary San Francisco champions of DIY cinema as the ultimate form of mind-blowing, budget-busting, kick-assing cultural resistance, Craig... More>>
Film Film
, March 02, 2004
The 900-pound gorilla of new wave-age DVD-box events, this eight-disc set starts with the Polish maestro's astonishing one-two pulverizing of... More>>
Notes From The Underground Notes From The Underground
Life during wartime: dyke boot camp, bloodthirsty punk nihilism, and flip-offs to G-Dub
, March 02, 2004
Last March indeed came in like a liar and went out like a sham. With the city's anti-war protests peaking, the New York Underground Film Festival... More>>
Mamet conjures a worst-case scenario for the Bush twins Mamet conjures a worst-case scenario for the Bush twins
, March 02, 2004
With Spartan, David Mamet takes on the digi-tech, hard-Clancy-core intel thriller most often inflated by Tony Scott and like-minded plodders, and... More>>
Stoned reader re-narrates Potter Stoned reader re-narrates Potter
, March 02, 2004
Creased Comics creator Brad Neely thought it would be fun to provide an alternative voiceover to a popular movie. He finally decided on the first... More>>
Film
, March 02, 2004
NASCAR 3D: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE Directed by Simon Wincer Warner Bros., opens March 12, Loews Lincoln Square Boasting more real-life proletarian... More>>
About a Goy About a Goy
The passion of the naïf: A Christian Zulu makes a pilgrimage to the broken-promise land
, February 24, 2004
A young Zulu, devoutly Christian and the pride of his South African village, makes a pilgrimage to the Holy Land—with tragicomic results.... More>>
Pill-popping prostitute driven mad by crashing piano chords Pill-popping prostitute driven mad by crashing piano chords
, February 24, 2004
Where have all those flowers gone? That's the question of the hour in Olivier Dahan's posh and overwrought tale of gorgeous scenery and mental... More>>
Duking It Out
A new John Wayne biography's surprising claims
, February 24, 2004
The most important American of our time is John Wayne," critic Eric Bentley once declared. Did Stalin agree? A new biography makes the surprising... More>>
Twilight of the Ice Nymphs Twilight of the Ice Nymphs
Hypothermic nudity, escaped parakeets, and diva fits on the coldest set in the world
, February 24, 2004
This is the second installment of Guy Maddin's production diary for The Saddest Music in the World. Click here for Part I. The movie premieres in... More>>
Brothers from another planet achieve liftoff in new Canadian series Brothers from another planet achieve liftoff in new Canadian series
, February 24, 2004
Canadian Front," MOMA's inaugural installment in an annual tribute to the cinema of the northern lights, is an almost too well-rounded portrait... More>>
Retouching the Void Retouching the Void
Two docs ponder physical and emotional wreckage of 9-11
, February 24, 2004
Does time really heal all wounds? That hoary aphorism was in doubt long before 9-11, and it's about to be put to the test again by a pair of docs... More>>
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