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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>>
Film
, 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>>
Next to Godliness Next to Godliness
The second coming of Bergmania: Six takes on a Swedish master's spiritual investigations
, May 18, 2004
THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY June 2 The first crepuscular salvo of Bergman's "God and Man" trilogy (all three are available in a DVD set from... More>>
60 Going on 69 60 Going on 69
Mum's the bird: An elderly widow chooses life—and sex with her daughter's hunky lover
, May 18, 2004
A dry-eyed account of an English grandmother's affair with a strapping carpenter half her age (who also happens to be her daughter's married... More>>
Bringing up Babies: Hudson Enters the Adult World
, May 18, 2004
The Helen in question (Kate Hudson) is a sunny up-and-coming rep at a top modeling agency with a cute walk-up apartment and ready access to... More>>
Searching the Workplace and the Past for Inspiration Searching the Workplace and the Past for Inspiration
, May 18, 2004
"The Italians are the new French," a film publicist recently told me. Was she referring to Italian cinema's current spirit of independence, with... More>>
Film
, May 18, 2004
This look at the lives of homeless young heroin addicts living in the nooks and crannies of Union Square does much to dispel the notion of drug... More>>
Film Film
, May 18, 2004
An unclassifiable film-school exercise—one part documentary, one part psychodrama, and one part mock manifesto—The Five Obstructions... More>>
Film Film
, May 18, 2004
ADORED: DIARY OF A MALE PORN STAR Written and directed by Marco Filiberti Wolfe, opens May 28, Cinema Village A bubbleheaded gimcrack with loads... More>>
The Scenic Route The Scenic Route
Seasonal bliss: A subtle Chinese chamber drama opens its doors to the beauty of nature
, May 11, 2004
Like the morning vapors rising from a river, a mist of unfulfilled longings veils the turbulence of Springtime in a Small Town, the exquisitely... More>>
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