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, October 12, 2004
From ostensible Brit comedians Phil Cornwell and John Sessions and a producer of Monty Python and the Holy Grail comes this ill-advised TV-skit... More>>
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, October 12, 2004
A retiring mailman (Teng Rujun) takes his son (Liu Ye) on a three-day delivery round through the mountains of Hunan to train the boy as a... More>>
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, October 12, 2004
Packaged for a double-bill run with legendarily ultraviolent serial-killer flick The Toolbox Murders, this gory exploitation costumer purports to... More>>
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, October 12, 2004
In a large shaker, pour one dash bitters, a splash of sour mix, and every alkie downward-spiral cliché from The Lost Weekend to Leaving... More>>
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, October 12, 2004
To a generation, Brian Austin Green will forever be associated with David Silver, the sensitive dweeb of Beverly Hills 90210. Four years since... More>>
Gray Anatomy Gray Anatomy
Bodies, rest, and no emotion: Catherine Breillat on female physiology and gynephobia
, October 05, 2004
Anatomy of Hell has been reviled as misogynist, homophobic, sadistic (as opposed to Sadean), pretentious, embarrassing, and just plain yucky.... More>>
Self-Referential Breillat in a Midwinter Night's Sex Comedy Self-Referential Breillat in a Midwinter Night's Sex Comedy
, October 05, 2004
Here's a question for the ages (or at least for The New Yorker): Does Catherine Breillat have a sense of humor? Sex Is Comedy, which has its... More>>
Film
, October 05, 2004
Straight to DVD, at least in the U.S., Brief Crossing demonstrates that Catherine Breillat is perfectly capable of directing a conventional... More>>
Return to Sender Return to Sender
Tadpole reborn: Talky indie scores with unglamorous sex, everything else an afterthought
, October 05, 2004
If Roger Dodger and the new quasi-rom-com P.S. are any indication, indie greenhorn Dylan Kidd just can't shut up. His characters barely pause for... More>>
Kitschy Kuchar Coup: Uptown Cheers for Bronx-Born Underground Legends Kitschy Kuchar Coup: Uptown Cheers for Bronx-Born Underground Legends
, October 05, 2004
"What do you want from me, you hideous cetacean?" So spews a grubby philanderer to his portly, blubbering frau—she done up in housedress and... More>>
Gimme Shelter: Works in Progress Seek Funds in a Crowded Market
, October 05, 2004
"The problem with film and television is that the work isn't good enough," veteran documentarian Albert Maysles recently told an audience at the... More>>
The African King The African King
An octogenarian Senegalese director takes on patriarchal authority, one village at a time
, October 05, 2004
For 81-year-old Ousmane Sembene, the best part of making a movie comes after writing, filming, and editing. In fact, it comes after the movie is... More>>
Long-Distanced Operators: Brecht's in Effect for Minimalist Filmmaking Couple
, October 05, 2004
Typically based on theatrical or literary works, prone to long takes, minimal camera movements, stark settings, and mechanistic acting, the films... More>>
A Primer Primer
What the bleep we don't know about the year's headiest puzzle movie
, October 05, 2004
The rare movie that can claim a kinship with Mandelbrot and Heisenberg, Shane Carruth's Primer won Sundance's Grand Jury prize as well as its... More>>
Varsity Blues: Gridiron Drama Comes Up a Few Yards Short Varsity Blues: Gridiron Drama Comes Up a Few Yards Short
, October 05, 2004
Vince Lombardi must be turning in his grave. Although Friday Night Lights takes a surprisingly unsentimental look at the religion of high school... More>>
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, October 05, 2004
After meeting Adolf Hitler in 1938, Neville Chamberlain announced, "Peace in our time"—a phrase that's become a code word for delusion.... More>>
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, October 05, 2004
In 1997, Miramax scored a minor box office coup with Masayuki Suo's Shall We Dance?, a comedy about a Japanese salaryman who takes up ballroom... More>>
Film
, October 05, 2004
Dubiously aspiring to be a Mormon variation on Saving Private Ryan, this dull, static war movie follows five Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy... More>>
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, October 05, 2004
Essential post-war American cinema, Hope-Crosby-style mirror image of Fail-Safe, Rabelaisian Cold War slapstick—Stanley Kubrick's first... More>>
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, October 05, 2004
The 10th screen iteration of Les Liaisons Dangereuses moves the action to the lacquered mansions and flowering pleasure grounds of Korea's... More>>
Film
, October 05, 2004
Strained and somnolent, this sci-fi melodrama posits a near future where prenatal implants record everything someone sees. After death, these... More>>
Film
, October 05, 2004
In this troika of shorts, shot over six years and assembled into a low-thread-count omnibus, electrical engineer-indie-horror moonlighter Douglas... More>>
Film
, October 05, 2004
Do you ever long to recapture that childhood feeling of being trapped in a car with your family three hours after the air conditioner's conked... More>>
Labors of Love Labors of Love
They want to defy the logic of all sex laws: Auteurs tackle abortion and female circumcision
, September 28, 2004
The New York Film Festival used to be defined by its poster; this year, it's the poster-rific films. The two punchiest movies in a generally... More>>
Boy, Interrupted: A Troubled Artist's Cinematic Shock Therapy Boy, Interrupted: A Troubled Artist's Cinematic Shock Therapy
, September 28, 2004
A tale of overwhelming sadness and fierce histrionics hewed from a trove of Super-8 home movies, photo booth portraits, and answering machine... More>>
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