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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>>
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, 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>>
That's My Bushranger That's My Bushranger
Aussie renegade heroism and British dental derring-do thrive against overwhelming odds
, March 16, 2004
The Australian outlaw martyr Ned Kelly is as central to his country's cultural mythos as Robin Hood and Jesse James are to theirs, though... More>>
Fever Dreams and Funeral Scenes: Succumbing to Gravity on Garbage Hill Fever Dreams and Funeral Scenes: Succumbing to Gravity on Garbage Hill
, March 16, 2004
This is the third installment of Guy Maddin's production diary for The Saddest Music in the World (opening April 30). DAY NINE: Lunch Temp.... More>>
Early Spring Early Spring
A Brooklyn waitstaff, a sullen teen athlete, and a crying camel step into the spotlight
, March 16, 2004
Everyday People March 24 and 25 Jim McKay's ensemble drama follows the diverse staff of a Brooklyn diner throughout a single day, as they learn... More>>
Redemption is a Sucker's Fantasy in a Fatalistic Neo-Noir Potboiler Redemption is a Sucker's Fantasy in a Fatalistic Neo-Noir Potboiler
, March 16, 2004
The urgency with which doomed junkie writer Donald Goines pumped out his remorseless crime novels once prompted the comment that he "wrote... More>>
Mass Mentality: Cinematic Resonance Imaging
, March 16, 2004
While you relax and watch a movie, your brain furiously digests a complex AV rush. A close-up of a face might activate a part of the brain known... More>>
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, March 16, 2004
MAYOR OF THE SUNSET STRIP Written and directed by George Hickenlooper First Look, opens April 2, Angelika The subject of George Hickenlooper's... More>>
Jersey Snore: J. and Not Silent Enough Ben Strike Out—Again Jersey Snore: J. and Not Silent Enough Ben Strike Out—Again
, March 16, 2004
L'affaire Bennifer gets one last airing in Jersey Girl's interminable backstory, told through the eyes of the doomed duo's seven-year-old... More>>
Eraserheads Eraserheads
An affair to misremember: Gondry and Kaufman reinvent the amnesiac romantic comedy
, March 09, 2004
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a title that evaporates from your consciousness almost before it's apprehended—and that's partially... More>>
Young's flag-waving anti-Bushism achieves ragged glory Young's flag-waving anti-Bushism achieves ragged glory
, March 09, 2004
A bargain-basement musical extravaganza directed by Neil Young under his nom de wobble Bernard Shakey, Greendale is the season's least expected... More>>
Tracking Shot Tracking Shot
, March 09, 2004
Pearl Gluck was born into the insular world of Hasidic Brooklyn. As recounted in her film Divan, she escaped—thanks to the "miracle" of her... More>>
Answers to the World's Hardest Movie Quiz
, March 09, 2004
"Many men are stored full of unused knowledge," once wrote Henry Ward Beecher. "Like loaded guns that are never fired off, they are stuffed with... More>>
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>>
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, 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>>
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