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Unhappy Mondays
On the Waterfront
, July 22, 2003
American movies may consider work a four-letter word, but their European counterparts are somewhat less allergic, whether in depicting the... More>>
Children's Crusades Children's Crusades
The Kids Stay in the Picture
, July 22, 2003
Notes on Camp, with apologies to Susan Sontag: To paraphrase Lady Windemere's Fan: It's absurd to divide movies into good and bad. Movies are... More>>
Film
, July 22, 2003
Bad Boys 2 Directed by Michael Bay Sony, in release T3 ain't got nothing on Mike (Will Smith), a Miami metrosexual cop with a slate-gray... More>>
Epic Proportions
A Space Odyssey
, July 15, 2003
One hundred and ten or so years into the deluge, we may choose to take our movies as mere collective daydreams or as infinitely manifold... More>>
Die Another Day Die Another Day
Your Friends and Sabers
, July 15, 2003
"The nineteenth century dislike of Realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass," Wilde writes in his preface to The Picture of... More>>
Oceans Apart
A Cuban Exodus Chronicled
, July 15, 2003
"Guantánamo was not a refugee camp. These people were treated more like detainees than refugees," explains Spanish filmmaker Carles Bosch,... More>>
Stealing Butte
Labor's Love Lost
, July 15, 2003
A deft, ambitious exercise in old-school socialist agitprop crafted with the precise multimedia flair of a corporate PowerPoint presentation,... More>>
The Commitments The Commitments
A Squawk to Remember
, July 15, 2003
Alex Proyas's Dark City may have scooped The Matrix with its lithe quoting of Metropolis and La Jetée, but unless somebody cut my Ecstasy... More>>
The Latin Beat
Drag Racers and Salty Crooners
, July 15, 2003
As Jimmy Webb once asked, "Where does brown begin?" John Leguizamo (who has yet to agree to my Trini Lopez biopic) might point the way at this... More>>
London Kills Me London Kills Me
Underground Organ Traders and Francophobic Secret Agents
, July 15, 2003
Among the dozens of cabbies canvassing passengers at an airport exit, one pickup line stands out above the rest. "I am here to rescue those who... More>>
Trauma Center
All Over the Map
, July 15, 2003
An omnibus of short films about September 11, rushed into production within months of the attacks and timed to premiere on the one-year... More>>
Film
, July 15, 2003
This Thing of Ours Directed by Danny Provenzano Small Planet, opens July 18, at the Loews State and Village East Taking The Sopranos' "Gangsters... More>>
Katharine Hepburn, 1907-2003 Katharine Hepburn, 1907-2003
Woman of Action
, July 08, 2003
Around 1986, if memory serves, Life magazine ran a filler portrait gallery of Hollywood actresses, a glossy tribute to the female gaze: Elizabeth... More>>
The Mirror and the Lamp
If You're Feeling Sinister
, July 08, 2003
At the close of Rocco and His Brothers, the youngest, Luca, runs his hand along a row of posters touting Rocco's recent boxing triumph, all... More>>
Whiskey and Wry Whiskey and Wry
Finnish Master of the Sardonic
, July 08, 2003
Aki Kaurismäki—Finnish auteur, deadpan provocateur, renowned boozician, last of the red-hot existential modernists—has seen his... More>>
French Maid French Maid
It's Not Easy Being Clean
, July 08, 2003
For someone living in disarray, a housekeeper can provide more than a simple return to order. When the ashtrays are finally emptied, the bed... More>>
Plunder Boys
Booty Is Truth, Truth Booty
, July 08, 2003
"Take what ye can—give nothing back!" declare some scurvy wags in Gore Verbinski's convoluted but diverting Pirates of the Caribbean—a... More>>
The Outside Chance The Outside Chance
Lust for Life
, July 08, 2003
A street-fighting, slum-dwelling male Josephine Baker wannabe, a virginal yeshiva student obsessed with a teenage Ukrainian hooker, a dwarf... More>>
Winged Migration Winged Migration
Angels in the Architecture
, July 08, 2003
As you may have noticed, the much touted '90s "angel craze" is still going strong in the '00s. And venturing beyond Charlie's benign... More>>
No Man's Language
WWII Love in Lapland
, July 08, 2003
A far cry from the proletarian dilapidation on display at BAM's current Aki Kaurismäki retro, the Finland of The Cuckoo practically gleams... More>>
Film
, July 08, 2003
I Capture the Castle Directed by Tim Fywell Samuel Goldwyn, opens July 11, at Chelsea Cinemas and Cinema 2 In medieval England, invaders used to... More>>
Rio Men Have Curves Rio Men Have Curves
Brazil's Working-Class Heroes
, July 01, 2003
Released on the heels of City of God, Karim Aïnouz's first feature, Madame Satã, is likewise a gritty, sweaty slice of history set in... More>>
Behind the Musicals
The Need for Freed
, July 01, 2003
The baffling Oscar triumph of Chicago might represent a flat-footed step toward a broader studio confidence in the musical. But what if the gates... More>>
Monsters Ink
The Reflecting Skin
, July 01, 2003
If it didn't so obviously borrow from other epidermally obsessed movies, namely The Silence of the Lambs and Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book,... More>>
Anarchy Then and Now Anarchy Then and Now
The Revolution Is Televised
, July 01, 2003
So far as mental fireworks go, the Fourth of July weekend is unlikely to offer anything more spectacular than Peter Watkins's masterpiece La... More>>
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