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Quadruple-Nerd Score: Scrabble Nuts' National Smackdown Quadruple-Nerd Score: Scrabble Nuts' National Smackdown
, June 01, 2004
An amusing and slightly alarming Scrabble-freak portrait, Word Wars serves as a cautionary sequel to last year's Spellbound. What happens to... More>>
Avant-Garde Old Guard: Modernist Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Avant-Garde Old Guard: Modernist Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
, June 01, 2004
"An underlying theory that I will probably continue to pursue," Yvonne Rainer told art critic Lucy Lippard in 1975, is "that the most scabrous... More>>
Photo Ops Photo Ops
Docs about Calcutta slums, 9-11 detainees, and gay marriage evoke the power of images
, June 01, 2004
Forget The Swan—the increasing ease of digital image capture and distribution ensured that the year's most gruesomely riveting reality show... More>>
A Fan Who Wasn't There Remembers Broadway's Good Old Days A Fan Who Wasn't There Remembers Broadway's Good Old Days
, June 01, 2004
Growing up in Indiana, filmmaker Rick McKay didn't get to see the heralded Broadway performances he kept reading about in his local library. But... More>>
Film Film
, June 01, 2004
Long ago and far away, a scary band of right-wing ideologues and muck-manufacturing opportunists undertook to putsch an American... More>>
Film Film
, June 01, 2004
Disregarding that hallowed artistic amendment known as "the Woody and Mia clause," Los Angeles TV producer Michael Pressman decides, in a fit of... More>>
As Tears Go By As Tears Go By
A magical Mongolian fairy tale's mother-and-child reunion
, May 25, 2004
"So now, my children, I'll tell you the legend of the camel," a Mongolian grandfather intones as The Story of the Weeping Camel opens. This... More>>
Unknown Pleasures Unknown Pleasures
Cannes '04's Eden of East: A possibly unfinished pop symphony and an anime cyber-noir
, May 25, 2004
CANNES, FRANCE—Cannes, per one excited French headline, had produced "la Palme d'Or qui défie Bush." And the more that Quentin... More>>
The Best (and Worst) of Cannes's Latin American Undercurrent The Best (and Worst) of Cannes's Latin American Undercurrent
, May 25, 2004
CANNES, FRANCE—If East Asian pop (and pop art) permeated every section of Cannes, the festival was also characterized by a strong... More>>
Oshii and the Pink Robots Oshii and the Pink Robots
, May 25, 2004
CANNES, FRANCE—An island of introspection in a sea of hype, anime master Mamoru Oshii is a Yoda-like figure who giggles at interviewers'... More>>
Cold Comfort Cold Comfort
Rain of terror: Post–9-11 eco-disaster special indicts Dick Cheney, promotes Fox News
, May 25, 2004
Despite two thumbs up from Al Gore and John McCain, The Day After Tomorrow is not about to win any converts to the environmental cause. As... More>>
Dirty Harry Dirty Harry
The wizard of id: Orgasmic spells and naughty wand usage in a hormonal third installment
, May 25, 2004
Whatever else it may be, the Harry Potter edda is surely the most popular narrative about the dawning of pubertal awareness ever created, and in... More>>
The Freethinker: A Protean Rebel Returns to the Present Tense The Freethinker: A Protean Rebel Returns to the Present Tense
, May 25, 2004
No cinephiles, if asked to enumerate the world's greatest living filmmakers from their front-brains, would think to conjure up the... More>>
Mother Superior: Screenwriter Hanif Kureishi Helps the Aged Mother Superior: Screenwriter Hanif Kureishi Helps the Aged
, May 25, 2004
"When I was a kid, I wrote about young boys in velvet trousers taking drugs and going to parties," says Hanif Kureishi. "Now I write about old... More>>
The Buried Life The Buried Life
Notes on a dirty old man: The patron saint of literary nihilism gets the celebrity treatment
, May 25, 2004
Cult writers typically spend their lives in wretched obscurity and their literary afterlives in a state of ever narrowing veneration; precious... More>>
It's Not Over Till the Fat Lady, Short Guy, and Convicts Sing It's Not Over Till the Fat Lady, Short Guy, and Convicts Sing
, May 25, 2004
"Oh God," sighs a jaded Jeremy Irons to a groupie in Callas Forever. "You're not one of those ghastly Callas queens, are you?" Why, yes! Fellow... More>>
The Late Show The Late Show
Time lost and regained in Wong Kar-wai's long-delayed 2046
, May 25, 2004
CANNES, FRANCE—"Due to a delay in receiving the film 2046 by Wong Kar-wai, it has been necessary to modify the schedule for Thursday, May... More>>
Mali's Guitar-Wielding Revolutionary Finds Peace as an Expat
, May 25, 2004
Surrounded by old photos of his "Malian Elvis" days, 60-year-old musician Boubacar Traoré rests his head on his guitar and unfurls a... More>>
Film Film
, May 25, 2004
Soul Plane Directed by Jessy Terrero MGM, in release Not likely to make Bill Cosby’s must-see list, Soul Plane begins with an in-flight... More>>
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, May 25, 2004
Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer Directed by R. Torjan Indican, June 2 through 15, Two Boots Pioneer A self-proclaimed "psychedelic... More>>
Film Film
, May 25, 2004
Why not hang the ropes themselves?" muses Afghan American artist Haris (Baktash Zaher-Khadem) regarding his latest production, a series of... More>>
Beyond Belief Beyond Belief
Jesus-freak satire panders to Christians and heathens alike
, May 18, 2004
Nothing howls out for a good, steel-tipped satiric whipping like modern American evangelism—the public discourse is so poisoned with cant... More>>
Who's Your Daddy? Who's Your Daddy?
A loyal son imagines the making of his father's influential pre-blaxploitation psychodrama
, May 18, 2004
Unique in the history of cinema, Mario Van Peebles's Baadasssss! is a fictional account of the labors his father, Melvin Van Peebles, undertook... More>>
Baad Boys Baad Boys
Discussing race and revolution with Van Peebles Sr. and Jr.
, May 18, 2004
Mario Van Peebles's Baadasssss! re-creates the 19-day shoot of his father Melvin's Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. While times have changed... More>>
Michael Moore Wins Palme d’Or
Cannes 2004
, May 18, 2004
CANNES, FRANCE—Wearing its politics on its sleeve, the jury at the 57th Cannes Film Festival bestowed its Palme d’Or on Michael... More>>
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