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Road to Ruin Road to Ruin
With Johnny as the downbeat, documentary charts the rise and fall of the Ramone empire
, August 10, 2004
The most vivid figure in Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields's End of the Century was the least articulate and most archetypal of the Ramones:... More>>
Political Urgency at Arts Fest May Cause Vietnam Flashbacks Political Urgency at Arts Fest May Cause Vietnam Flashbacks
, August 10, 2004
An armed American soldier, cigarette dangling from his smiling mouth, strikes a playful, victorious pose next to a battered enemy's body while a... More>>
With Tobacco as a Stimulant, Lovelorn Mexicans Flirt With Destiny With Tobacco as a Stimulant, Lovelorn Mexicans Flirt With Destiny
, August 10, 2004
The great theme of the Mexican New Wave—the relationship between chance and destiny—fuels the fast-paced and stylish comic caper movie... More>>
Unusual Holocaust Story Devolves Into Kitschy-Campy Tall Tale
, August 10, 2004
Rosenstrasse marks the return to film after nearly a decade in television of Margarethe von Trotta, the best-known woman director to emerge from... More>>
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, August 10, 2004
French author Robert Bober's luminous autobiographical novel Quoi de Neuf sur la Guerre? is set in a garment district atelier of Paris just after... More>>
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, August 10, 2004
A poor-rich-girl whinefest based upon actress-director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's own privileged upbringing, It's Easier for a Camel . . . would... More>>
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, August 10, 2004
Populist voice of pride and protest, or dubious guarantor of "authenticity," folk music has always registered as an essential feature of the... More>>
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, August 10, 2004
The first 30 seconds of Jerry Aronson's intractably straightforward bio-doc (made in 1993) pretty much sum up Ginsberg's career. A Ginsberg... More>>
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, August 10, 2004
This unwarranted iteration of the '70s shaggy-dog tale pales in entertainment value compared to its website, which features a rant from the... More>>
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, August 10, 2004
The witless sequel to the enjoyable Princess Diaries (2001) knows its intended audience—how else to explain the interminable sequence in... More>>
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>>
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