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The Legend of Drunken Master The Legend of Drunken Master
Chris Doyle on bars, sperm counts, and—oh yes—his movies
, August 03, 2004
Arriving at our interview late, disheveled, and visibly hungover, cinematographer Christopher Doyle immediately orders a beer: "It's a bar," he... More>>
Kino Kink Kino Kink
Maroons, Manitoba, Maddin, and Meta: Guy's grotesquely autobiographical dreamscape
, August 03, 2004
The most eccentric of mainstream filmmakers (or the most accessible of avant-gardists), Guy Maddin has enjoyed a unique career trajectory. Since... More>>
Academic Affairs: Mutual Adultery in a Quiet College Town
, August 03, 2004
John Curran's impressive 1998 debut, Praise, chronicled the love affair between a pair of Australian slackers living day-to-day in a state of... More>>
Body and Seoul Body and Seoul
Whether tugging the heartstrings or slicing the tongue, Korean films accent the visceral
, August 03, 2004
This year's New York Korean Film Festival gleefully runs the gamut from thick schmaltz to brain-scrambling sci-fi. Recurring motifs: girls with... More>>
Delicate Balance Delicate Balance
Not gonna take it Anymore: Dern on flawed relationships
, August 03, 2004
Laura Dern has certainly played her share of head cases, but in John Curran's marital roundelay We Don't Live Here Anymore, her character is... More>>
Happy Landing: Childish Aussie Crashes Into Burg in Storybook Charmer
, August 03, 2004
While not on a par with the inspired mock-pubescent hysteria of Napoleon Dynamite, Jeff Balsmeyer's similarly binomial Danny Deckchair is that... More>>
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, August 03, 2004
Another ingenious double bill from Criterion, this set slams together the 1936 French version of Maxim Gorky's theatrical yowl directed by Jean... More>>
Twisted Trails Twisted Trails
From T-Men to lawmen, Anthony Mann carried his noir convictions wherever he rode
, August 03, 2004
Although he directed films in a number of genres, Anthony Mann's career played out largely in three discrete stages: early low-budget noirs; the... More>>
Marital Mythmaking: Brakhage's Seaside Poems to His Wife Marital Mythmaking: Brakhage's Seaside Poems to His Wife
, August 03, 2004
The foundational figure of a certain Romantic tradition within experimental cinema, in which the lone artist's camerawork (or hand-manipulation... More>>
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, August 03, 2004
A mondo product placement in search of a screenplay, the conscious Working Girl homage Little Black Book makes the mistake of banking on Brittany... More>>
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, August 03, 2004
There are some movies that invent a genre to which their successors can only aspire. Jean Renoir's ensemble social satire The Rules of the Game... More>>
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, August 03, 2004
Spanning basically the same era as The Fog of War, Mark Moormann's biopic of late jazz and rock producer-pioneer Tom Dowd bursts similarly with... More>>
Executive Decisions Executive Decisions
Corporate villains, constant surveillance: Jonathan Demme reprograms a '60s landmark
, July 27, 2004
The Manchurian Candidate, directed by John Frankenheimer in 1962, is a chunk of American history and, on paper, Jonathan Demme's new version... More>>
It Takes Evangelicals, Reruns, and Pot to Make a Village It Takes Evangelicals, Reruns, and Pot to Make a Village
, July 27, 2004
Is the "secret" of M. Night Shyamalan's mythic O. Henry saga The Village out yet? You'll hear a large, rattling groan of film-geek frustration... More>>
Straight Stories Straight Stories
In hard-edged doc, parolees struggle with life after prison
, July 27, 2004
How hard could it be to go straight after spending years in prison? Is it really that difficult to rebuild your life, reconnect with family and... More>>
Reality Bites Reality Bites
Friendly sharks, briny visuals, and soggy acting diminish exploitation flick's fear factor
, July 27, 2004
A digital-video shark-attack flick that its filmmakers shot on weekends and while on vacation in the Caribbean, Open Water emerged from a... More>>
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, July 27, 2004
Completed in early 1943, soon after the German advance was halted in the Battle of Stalingrad, the Nazi super-spectacles Münchhausen and... More>>
Reproductive Thriller Scores Genetic Coup, Flunks Chemistry Reproductive Thriller Scores Genetic Coup, Flunks Chemistry
, July 27, 2004
Code 46, the versatile Michael Winterbottom's stylish, if precious, essay in social sci-fi, is all about reproductive regulation in a... More>>
Mann on Fire Mann on Fire
Conducting a city symphony, an accomplished stylist hitches a ride on a flowchart script
, July 27, 2004
The new Michael Mann movie Collateral began as a tagline so catchy it came with lint attached: A cold-blooded assassin-for-hire (Tom Cruise)... More>>
Suicidal Librarian, Chain-Smoking Slob Discover Life's Elusive Symmetries Suicidal Librarian, Chain-Smoking Slob Discover Life's Elusive Symmetries
, July 27, 2004
Life or death—which one has the nastier sense of humor? A couple of the characters in Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Last Life in the Universe may be... More>>
They Distort, You Decide: Doc Explores Fox News's Right-Wing Bias
, July 27, 2004
After seeing Fahrenheit 9/11, a friend said that Moore's film had a strong impact on her because it made her watch George Bush speak: Normally,... More>>
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, July 27, 2004
"My sense of exile has been lifelong. It's a question of articulating it." So says the late literary critic, political activist, and Columbia... More>>
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, July 27, 2004
A Watergate-era time capsule of hippie fashions, tape-recorded phone conversations, and systemic institutional corruption, Serpico (1973) ought... More>>
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, July 27, 2004
The gripping credit sequence that kicks off this tale of South Africa's most famous bank robber takes an aerial view of class disparity in 1976... More>>
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, July 27, 2004
Merzak Allouache (1994's Bab el-Oued City) continues mining Algerian identity, both North African and French. The Other World (2001) follows a... More>>
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