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Breaking the Waves: Z-Boy Trades Skateboard for Surfboard Breaking the Waves: Z-Boy Trades Skateboard for Surfboard
, June 29, 2004
Jeff Spicoli, Sean Penn's glazed-eyed truant in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, embodies the broadest stereotypes of the surfer in mantras like... More>>
Film
, June 29, 2004
The stencil for a thousand crime films to follow and even after 70-some years a sleek model of narrative excitement and paranoid construction,... More>>
To the Bitter End To the Bitter End
The context of no context: A self-questioning French director who insisted on imperfection
, June 29, 2004
Maurice Pialat, who died last year at age 77, was a Euro-film conundrum—hailed yet reviled, widely distributed yet rarely appreciated,... More>>
Sunset Blvd. to Mulholland Dr.: Los Angeles Films Itself
, June 29, 2004
Thom Andersen's visual-database-as-documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself, which opens at Film Forum July 28, runs close to three hours, but like... More>>
Marlon Brando 1924–2004 Marlon Brando 1924–2004
How the original Method man changed the nature of screen acting and shaped the national self-image
, June 29, 2004
Was he an actor, or a cultural eruption, an all-American zeitgeist with two legs, one swinging dick, and the appetite of a tartar? For the hungry... More>>
A Band Apart A Band Apart
Stressing value of therapy, directors issue anti-laughter edict
, June 29, 2004
As they release Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, a chronicle of Metallica's two years in therapy, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky are wondering... More>>
Boogie Knights Boogie Knights
Hack hawk down: Bruckheimer blitzkrieg stifles Arthurian epic's revisionist ambitions
, June 29, 2004
Another ornery boar leaping atop the new millennium's pig-pile of demi-historical and/or magick-stuffed battle sagas, King Arthur is, on the... More>>
Ferrell and Unbalanced: Non Sequiturs Nearly Anchor Spoof Ferrell and Unbalanced: Non Sequiturs Nearly Anchor Spoof
, June 29, 2004
Potent as a character actor, impressive if fatiguing as a lead, Will Ferrell possesses a comic gift that's linguistic as much as physical: The... More>>
Film Film
, June 29, 2004
Inherited wealth often comes with a high price—the abnegation of individuals before the duties and demands of family. The Inheritance, a... More>>
Film
, June 29, 2004
Sensitive young singer-songwriter Anthony (Innis Casey) is caught between the drudgery of his father's grocery store and dreams of a musical... More>>
Film
, June 29, 2004
Confined to her New York loft since losing her leg in an accident, depressed agoraphobe Anne (French art-house star Nathalie Richard) silently... More>>
Scary Movie
Undercover brothers find it's different for girls
, June 22, 2004
Like Eddie Murphy in that old Saturday Night Live skit, the bumbling FBI agents played by Marlon and Shawn Wayans in White Chicks go undercover... More>>
Aching Life Aching Life
Before Sunrise's Gen X lovers walk, talk, and catch up in a romantic real-time sequel
, June 22, 2004
Summer sequelitis is upon us, but the season is unlikely to bring anything more remarkable than Richard Linklater's sweet, smart, and deeply... More>>
Depressed Superhero Battles New Nemesis and Old Neuroses Depressed Superhero Battles New Nemesis and Old Neuroses
, June 22, 2004
Spider-Man may have been a mega-blockbuster, but Spider-Man 2 wastes little time reaffirming its loser bona fides. Successful crime-fighter... More>>
A Dry White Season A Dry White Season
Really ordinary people: Robert Redford and family keep their patrician chins to the wind
, June 22, 2004
Abduction thrillers generate much of their appeal (and, let's admit it, schadenfreude) by observing their typically complacent, upper-crust... More>>
Much Ozu About Everything: An Essential Retro's Encore Run
, June 22, 2004
Whatever bogus fireworks might be occupying the entertainment-industry airspace above our heads, it's always news when Ozu comes to town. One of... More>>
Aztec Camera Aztec Camera
From the Golden Age to Buñuel and beyond: Reveling in a century of Mexican cinema
, June 22, 2004
The key figure of Film Forum's rewarding "Cine Mexico" series isn't a director or a star—it's Gabriel Figueroa (1907–1997), a great... More>>
Film
, June 22, 2004
De-Lovely, Irwin Winkler's elaborately modern Cole Porter biopic, is openly gay and overwhelmingly glum. Never less than self-conscious, more... More>>
Film Film
, June 22, 2004
If you're sad that Reagan Week is over and just can't get enough of Americans with the darndest sense of optimism, hired-gun commercial and PSA... More>>
Film Film
, June 22, 2004
One of the new Israeli cinema's great strengths—the fact that its intimate domestic dramas (like Broken Wings) might take place just about... More>>
Film
, June 22, 2004
A coy sexual-awakening vignette acquires home-movie texture and sociological flavor in Rémi Lange's The Road to Love. For reasons as yet... More>>
Anarchy in the E.U. Anarchy in the E.U.
Panic in year zero: Ice-cool Austrian director's apocalyptic parable finds love in the ruins
, June 15, 2004
An inspired and uncompromised experiment in apocalyptic anxiety, Michael Haneke's Time of the Wolf is conceived as a headlong rush into the... More>>
Aspiring Actors and Accidental Stars in New Brazilian Films
, June 15, 2004
The rhythms and racial tensions of Brazil's variegated culture percolate through this festival of recent works, organized by MOMA and screening... More>>
Old Pros Lend Credibility to Young Lovebirds' Magical Hysteria Tour Old Pros Lend Credibility to Young Lovebirds' Magical Hysteria Tour
, June 15, 2004
Big-lunged lovers Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling)—pampered Southern debutante and rough-earth mill worker,... More>>
Able Ganz Able Ganz
Frog-voiced multilinguist as Swiss sailor, Icelandic waiter, Russian count, fallen angel
, June 15, 2004
When Bruno Ganz took his leave from the Berlin Schaubühne theater company to star in The Marquise of O (1976), director Eric Rohmer showed... More>>
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