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Lost Highway Lost Highway
Euro auteur finds America's heart of darkness in noisy desert trysts and motel-pool fucks
, March 30, 2004
Hell is where you find it, boy. In the nutty Euro-art tradition of Antonioni's Zabriskie Point and Wenders's Paris, Texas, Bruno Dumont's... More>>
Horned Hero Fights Tentacled Slime, Relives 20th Century Horned Hero Fights Tentacled Slime, Relives 20th Century
, March 30, 2004
Adapted by Guillermo del Toro from Mike Mignola's cult comic, Hellboy is both jocular and rhapsodic. There's plenty of Wagnerian sturm und drang... More>>
Trade Deficit Trade Deficit
Miramaxical (n.): Quasi-American hack knockoff for middlebrow foreign-film market
, March 30, 2004
Let's take this moment to recognize an official movie genre, the Miramaxical, more or less defined as heavy-handed imports that could just as... More>>
Wanna Bag a Handsome Prince? Be Yourself! Play Hard to Get! Wanna Bag a Handsome Prince? Be Yourself! Play Hard to Get!
, March 30, 2004
Handsome royals slum it in both Ella Enchanted and The Prince & Me, and the films' main tip for you Will or Harry wooers lies somewhere between... More>>
Wonky Teen Gets Laid, Saves Wet-Dream Siren From Porno Nightmare Wonky Teen Gets Laid, Saves Wet-Dream Siren From Porno Nightmare
, March 30, 2004
The Girl Next Door begins with the same deathless question that has bedeviled generations of teenagers: how to fill the space allotted to... More>>
Wait Until Dark Wait Until Dark
Lost in the mouth of madness: The joys of dialogue looping
, March 30, 2004
Part four of the production diary for The Saddest Music in the World (opens April 30). DAY 11 Why do film directors never speak of the... More>>
Film
, March 30, 2004
Desert déjà vu: 29 Palms vs. Twentynine Palms How can we tell them apart? 29 Palms: Unfunny comedy-thriller starring Jeremy... More>>
The Tao of Bill The Tao of Bill
From wiseacre to wounded wise man: Murray as Bozo, bumbling dad, and bodhisattva
, March 30, 2004
Bill Murray was not always Bill Murray—that is to say, he was not always "Bill motherfucking Murray," as GZA hails the recent Oscar nominee... More>>
Open-Door Policy Open-Door Policy
Korean director Kim Ki-duk paints a different landscape
, March 30, 2004
The Isle is about love," says Korean director Kim Ki-duk, in town to promote his exquisitely cyclical Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . and... More>>
Film Film
, March 30, 2004
The youngest of three sisters whose leftist parents were arrested and "disappeared" during the course of Argentina's late-'70s dirty war,... More>>
Film Film
, March 30, 2004
When buttoned-down dad Nate Johnson (Cedric the Entertainer) gets a call from his Jesus/JFK-loving mama saying it's family reunion time, he... More>>
Celestial Seasons Celestial Seasons
Now and Zen: Meditative quasi-Buddhist parable inspires the sound of two hands clapping
, March 23, 2004
Is there such a thing as a Buddhist film, and if there were, could you watch it without tumbling into a stupor? For all of cinema's meditative... More>>
Noises Off: Seeking Solace in the Ambient Sounds of the City Noises Off: Seeking Solace in the Ambient Sounds of the City
, March 23, 2004
Few cinematic careers are as starkly bifurcated as that of Amir Naderi, the 57-year-old director who introduced Iranian cinema to the world with... More>>
New Directors/New Films New Directors/New Films
, March 23, 2004
Vodka Lemon April 1 through 3 With a wry pH balance between Kaurismäki and Paradjanov, this Armenian comedy about a post-Soviet mountain... More>>
Dud Simple Dud Simple
The Coens dispense incidental gospel music and diarrhea jokes in a desperate remake
, March 23, 2004
A motley gang of thieves, unconvincingly disguised as amateur classical musicians, are confounded in their caper by the daft old lady who rents... More>>
It's October Once More: Russian History Comes Full Circle It's October Once More: Russian History Comes Full Circle
, March 23, 2004
The Outskirts, directed by Petr Lutsik, is a movie of heroic angles, solemn performances, and declamatory dialogue—as well as a sensational... More>>
Film Film
, March 23, 2004
The hottest Finnish filmmaker since Aki Kaurismäki, 45-year-old Eija-Liisa Ahtila works another part of the alienation beat. Ahtila's most... More>>
Under The Skin Under The Skin
Impending death strengthens the bond between two brothers in an intimate French drama
, March 23, 2004
Two brothers confront mortal illness and reacquaint themselves with unconditional love in Patrice Chéreau's Son Frère, which could... More>>
Action Heroes and Minority Voices in Eclectic African Fest Action Heroes and Minority Voices in Eclectic African Fest
, March 23, 2004
The 11th New York African Film Festival offers the continent's first big-budget stunt-packed action picture, an impressive roster of films... More>>
The Cinema of Sensation: Ditching Allegory For a Sensory Physical Assault The Cinema of Sensation: Ditching Allegory For a Sensory Physical Assault
, March 23, 2004
By my nature, I'm profoundly skeptical," says director Bruno Dumont, "and I try to communicate to my audience the physical experience of that... More>>
A Macho Vigilante Remake With Wood Planks and Man Tits A Macho Vigilante Remake With Wood Planks and Man Tits
, March 23, 2004
A ridiculous macho slugfest attempting to reassert the '80s-style roid-raging revenge narrative (e.g., Commando, Rambo III), peppered with a dash... More>>
Film
, March 23, 2004
RED PERSIMMONS Directed by Ogawa Shinsuke and Peng Xiaolian March 31 through April 6, Film Forum Elegant as a print by Hokusai, Red Persimmons... More>>
Time's Bullet Time's Bullet
The world's dreamiest director lets the eternal sunshine in
, March 16, 2004
He may be French and aesthetically ambitious, but Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry shares more with early Disney than... More>>
The Grace Of Wrath The Grace Of Wrath
Failed Christian charity, Old Testament payback: A Danish director's American tragedy
, March 16, 2004
The Scarlet Letter, D.H. Lawrence noted, "isn't a pleasant, pretty romance. It's a sort of parable, an earthly story with a hellish meaning." So... More>>
Neo-Colonial Erotic Obsession Fuels Masochistic Power Trip Neo-Colonial Erotic Obsession Fuels Masochistic Power Trip
, March 16, 2004
A rich middle-aged Frenchman pursues a poor Moroccan gamine: On paper, Jacques Doillon's Raja sounds like a May-September romance with a smarmy... More>>
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