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The Normal Heart The Normal Heart
Out of the Closet, Into the Army Garrison, a Tender Gay Romance Takes Israel by Storm
, September 23, 2003
Take a tragic gay romance, set it in the Israeli army, and you've got a recipe for outrage—or so it would seem. But Yossi & Jagger, which... More>>
Smitten Scribes and Wayward Women Conduct Affairs to Remember
, September 23, 2003
BAMcinématek's mini-round-up of new French films divides neatly into two themes: the messy love lives of writers and the plight of wayward... More>>
Preparing for the Not So Sweet Hereafter in a Sarah Polley Weepie Preparing for the Not So Sweet Hereafter in a Sarah Polley Weepie
, September 23, 2003
A tearjerker that falters in its attempts at deep thoughts, My Life Without Me examines how looming death can become an opportunity to bring life... More>>
L.A. Eccentric Finds Synth, Then Loses It, Along With Script
, September 23, 2003
The videos director Steve Hanft shot for Beck back in the '90s—including "Loser," a smog-huffing nightmare complete with squeegee-wielding... More>>
Film Film
, September 23, 2003
BUBBA HO-TEP Directed by Don Coscarelli, Vitagraph Opens September 26, Angelika A self-consciously cornball horror film set firmly in Joe Bob... More>>
Pump Up The Volume Pump Up The Volume
Sad Songs, Rock Legends, and a Naked Meg Ryan Dominate the Toronto Film Festival
, September 16, 2003
TORONTO—Generous and accommodating, Toronto is the film festival that can be whatever you want it to be. With hundreds of journalists... More>>
Battling Over Anime Porn in Paris, Tokyo, and Cyberspace Battling Over Anime Porn in Paris, Tokyo, and Cyberspace
, September 16, 2003
Ostentatiously set 15 minutes into the future, Olivier Assayas's demonlover is an exercise in video-game aesthetics and image circulation. The... More>>
Festival M.I.A.'s
, September 16, 2003
Given that Toronto has 15 times more movies than its exclusive New York cousin, there is always overlap. What can be fascinating or frustrating... More>>
Children's Hour Children's Hour
Through West Asian Hinterlands and Bucolic France, Kids Are on the Road and in the Hall
, September 16, 2003
The invention of childhood has been with us since the Victorians, but as the night-day contrast between Nicolas Philibert's nonfiction To Be and... More>>
Frustrated Mothers-to-Be Flounder in Saylesian Purgatory Frustrated Mothers-to-Be Flounder in Saylesian Purgatory
, September 16, 2003
Almost all of John Sayles's films could be titled Limbo insofar as they catalog lives in indefinite suspension and communities shaken out of... More>>
Of Human Bondage: Dogme Godfather Braves an Obstruction Course Of Human Bondage: Dogme Godfather Braves an Obstruction Course
, September 16, 2003
Lars von Trier is both revered and reviled for subjecting his characters—and, loosely speaking, his actors—to suffering and martyrdom,... More>>
They Stand Alone
John Frankenheimer's Lone Heroes Confront Communists, the French, and Themselves
, September 16, 2003
John Frankenheimer, who died last year at 72, belonged to a generation of Hollywood filmmakers who began their careers in the glory days of live... More>>
Saving Churches and Souls but Not Cuba Gooding's Career
, September 16, 2003
The Fighting Temptations is a workout for the psychic strainer; there's some real gold within the "hey, let's put on a show to save the church... More>>
Leni Riefenstahl, 1902-2003 Leni Riefenstahl, 1902-2003
A Wonderful, Horrible Life
, September 16, 2003
Once upon a time in Berlin, there was a young, blonde, beautiful maiden named Leni, who starred in silent movies and longed to make films... More>>
A Vampires-and-Werewolves Dud A Vampires-and-Werewolves Dud
Fangs but No Thanks
, September 16, 2003
Worst Don DeLillo adaptation, ever. Good vampire movies are really about sexual submission, good werewolf movies are really about sexual... More>>
The Rise of the Machines The Rise of the Machines
The Future Is Today, in Olivier Assayas's Plugged-In Virtual Porn Cyberthriller
, September 16, 2003
A shiny, wireless perpetual-motion machine, forever in flux as if to stave off obsolescence, Olivier Assayas's demonlover makes other present-day... More>>
, September 16, 2003
NEW YORK AIDS FILM FESTIVAL September 16 through 23, Quad This new festival charts 20 years of medical and social progress through landmarks... More>>
Back To Nature Back To Nature
Boomer Doc Gets Naked About Growing Up; Screamer Flick Finds Infection Is Out There
, September 09, 2003
Both cries from the all-American wilderness, Robb Moss's The Same River Twice and Eli Roth's Cabin Fever comprise a veritable yin-yang of... More>>
Fado Singer Gambles on Love in Portuguese American Town Fado Singer Gambles on Love in Portuguese American Town
, September 09, 2003
The fishing town of New Bedford, Massachusetts, is described in Passionada's opening credits as "a little bit of Portugal in America." In fact,... More>>
After Sunset After Sunset
Coppola's Camera Karaokes Through Tokyo and Finds Bill Murray Singing Roxy Music
, September 09, 2003
Lost in Translation opens with a wistful consideration of Scarlett Johansson's derriere, but this odalisque notwithstanding, it's Bill Murray's... More>>
Cage's Con Artist Discovers the Finer Points of Adaptation Cage's Con Artist Discovers the Finer Points of Adaptation
, September 09, 2003
A change of pace for Sir Ridley Scott, Matchstick Men is more cerebral than muscular, a movie with neither gladiators nor choppers. Adapted by... More>>
Film Film
, September 09, 2003
Sensitive as we are to the national image, the "American Effect" show, at the Whitney through October 12, has received mixed reviews. The... More>>
Found in Translation Found in Translation
Talking Pictures and Silent Valentines Leave Human Stains at the Venice Film Festival
, September 09, 2003
VENICE, ITALY—The 60th edition of the world's oldest film festival concluded with a ringing endorsement of the new. Russian director Andrey... More>>
Desert Blue Desert Blue
Hardcore Existentialist Bruno Dumont Gets the Last Laugh
, September 09, 2003
No audience reaction in Venice came close to the one accorded Bruno Dumont's Twentynine Palms: hysterical laughter, sardonic applause, emphatic... More>>
A Guy Thing A Guy Thing
The Maddest Interview in the World
, September 09, 2003
In Guy Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World, Depression-era Winnipeg plays host to the titular international competition (sponsored by... More>>
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