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The Last Picture Show The Last Picture Show
Ghosts in the machine: Tsai's haunted movie house evokes the shadows of cinemas past
, September 07, 2004
The poet and critic Parker Tyler once described the movie theater as the "psychoanalytic clinic of the average worker." Tsai Ming-liang's latest... More>>
Anime Sequel Philosophizes Amid Shoot-Outs and Cyborgs Anime Sequel Philosophizes Amid Shoot-Outs and Cyborgs
, September 07, 2004
As gloriously impenetrable as its title, and even more visually spectacular than its precursor, Mamoru Oshii's new anime—Ghost in the Shell... More>>
Double Exposure Double Exposure
The enemies within: Crisscrossing moles face off in a stylish hall-of-mirrors mood piece
, September 07, 2004
Two undercover scenarios fused into one tense, tail-chasing whole, the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs recharged a slumping movie industry at... More>>
Disaster, Heartbreak, Bowling: Snapshots of Latin America Disaster, Heartbreak, Bowling: Snapshots of Latin America
, September 07, 2004
As if immune to economic collapse, Argentina's film industry not only thrives in spite of the country's financial crisis, but recent movies also... More>>
Film
, September 07, 2004
Cellular was written by a neophyte script polisher, and directed by a second-unit pro whose main fame claim is having helmed Final Destination 2,... More>>
Film
, September 07, 2004
Synthesizing elements from 2001, Dawn of the Dead, Alien, and even Solaris, the first Resident Evil was a breezy exercise in metakitsch. Jumping... More>>
Film
, September 07, 2004
A virtual spoiler siren for itself, the new film Incident at Loch Ness is a double-edged whoopee cushion, and writing about it is an act of... More>>
Film
, September 07, 2004
The legendary maestro of post-German-Expressionist grade-Z noir, ethnic indies, and cheap sci-fi flicks turns 100 this Friday (or maybe 104) and... More>>
Film
, September 07, 2004
"One single mystery for persons and objects," Robert Bresson wrote, and it's no disservice to his models (to use his preferred term) to note that... More>>
Film
, September 07, 2004
Filmed in 2002, Jennifer Elster's first feature, about artistic exorcism of childhood demons, transcends its own considerable self-indulgence... More>>
Two Socialites Have Sex, Make War in All the Wrong Places Two Socialites Have Sex, Make War in All the Wrong Places
, September 07, 2004
Dear Penthouse: I, Guy (Stuart Townsend) of Dublin, was a student at Cambridge in 1933. It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, free-spirited... More>>
Film
, September 07, 2004
Dianne Wiest plays a prima donna proffering an indifference to the world as opaque as the Sophia Loren sunglasses she wears. Her son Thomas,... More>>
Film
, September 07, 2004
It takes a (Czech) village: When Prague resistance fighter Eliska (Anna Geislerová) learns that the SS is after her, she flees to the... More>>
Film
, September 07, 2004
In general, a film in which the protagonist exalts his friend on a city sidewalk, raising his arms to the sky and proclaiming, "You've worked... More>>
Con Heir Con Heir
Remake relocates from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles and can't pull off a second swindle
, August 31, 2004
In 2002, Sony Pictures Classics released Nine Queens, a taut con-job caper movie from Argentina. Though heavily indebted to David Mamet's House... More>>
All About My Father: A Son Tries to Finish His Dad's Secret Work
, August 31, 2004
This semi-autobiographical story of an affluent São Paulo stock speculator who loses his job amid the '90s market downturn seems at first... More>>
Señor Drug Plan: Doc Sheds Light on Dealer's Robin Hood Persona
, August 31, 2004
Marrying the melodrama of Behind the Music to the down-and-dirty reportage of Frontline, Colombian documentarian Marc de Beaufort's The Private... More>>
Film Film
, August 31, 2004
American cinephiles know Alan Clarke best as the director of Elephant, the film that provided the title—not to mention the formal and... More>>
Through a Looking Glass Through a Looking Glass
An expressionist landmark lights the way for an extensive retro of a silent master's work
, August 31, 2004
Silent cinema is the art form that died too young: "Not ripe for replacement," aesthetician Rudolph Arnheim wrote in 1930, three years after The... More>>
Obscured Objects of Desire: Lovers Couple, Double, Forget
, August 31, 2004
Set most emphatically in the House of Fiction, Danish director Christoffer Boe's debut feature, Reconstruction (winner of the Camera d'Or at the... More>>
Ruff Times Ruff Times
Pet project: A photographer's privilege-blinkered observations on a world gone to the dogs
, August 31, 2004
A corny hodgepodge of gooey sentiment mixed with half-baked mush and strained pieties, fashion photographer Bruce Weber's free-form canine... More>>
Another Activist Doc Offers Familiar Arguments, Recaps News Footage
, August 31, 2004
The election-year insta-docs keep rising like sunflowers from the Bush admin cow pile; this week, we have a Media Education... More>>
Marlee's Happy Accidents and New Age Neuroses: What the Bleep Do We Care? Marlee's Happy Accidents and New Age Neuroses: What the Bleep Do We Care?
, August 31, 2004
What the Bleep Do We Know!? dramatizes the sorrows of dour photographer Amanda (Marlee Matlin), pausing every few minutes so that a chorus of... More>>
Film Film
, August 31, 2004
When Will I Be Loved is titled with an unanswerable question. Does it refer to the movie's eccentric macho-ist creator, James Toback, or its... More>>
Film
, August 31, 2004
Though these festivals of short works both include Jojo in the Stars, British animator Marc Craste's near wordless tale of love between two Mike... More>>
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