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After The Rehearsal After The Rehearsal
Flirting with Disaster: Discussing Days of Heaven and Dylan classics with Sam Shepard
, April 13, 2004
When Sam Shepard invited me to make a record of his most recent play, The Late Henry Moss, I agreed without thinking through how complicated it... More>>
No Props: Movie-Mad Cautionary Tale Proves Mild at Heart No Props: Movie-Mad Cautionary Tale Proves Mild at Heart
, April 13, 2004
Like so many movie protagonists before him, the hero of Rhinoceros Eyes has a hard time distinguishing between fantasy and reality—no... More>>
Film Film
, April 13, 2004
A genre insurrectionary in journeyman garb, the Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku (1930-2003) only began to receive international recognition late... More>>
Film
, April 13, 2004
13 GOING ON 30 Directed by Gary Winick Columbia, opens April 23 Omigod, this movie's like the girl version of Big, with Jennifer Garner instead... More>>
Film Film
, April 13, 2004
A good programmer is a kind of matchmaker; the idea is to get the films talking to each other. Anchored by two found-footage classics, Bruce... More>>
Existential Heroism and Mild Revisionism in a 9-11 Alamo
, April 06, 2004
Each epoch gets its Alamo. In the beginning was the white supremacist Martyrs of the Alamo (1915), supervised by D.W. Griffith. Four decades... More>>
How Did Davy Die?
, April 06, 2004
The trickiest thing about any Alamo movie is sending Davy Crockett into eternity. The new Alamo is the first to provide Crockett with an actual... More>>
The Stranger The Stranger
Somewhere down the crazy river: A naked nihilist confronts being and nothingness
, April 06, 2004
Something lupine and predatory skulks at the edges of Ewan McGregor's screen persona, adding feral bite to his scrappy dissenters in... More>>
Testimonials Given, Streets Fucked In, Jams Kicked Out Testimonials Given, Streets Fucked In, Jams Kicked Out
, April 06, 2004
Poor MC5. Right from the start, the garage rockers' moniker commemorated a Motor City on the wane—a nod to the shop-rat life these downriver... More>>
Film Film
, April 06, 2004
Salvatore Giuliano Criterion Finally available for the everyday cineaste, Francesco Rosi's seminal career-starter ignited an entire epoch of... More>>
Ashes and Diamonds Ashes and Diamonds
The cost of freedom: New Polish filmmakers flounder for ideas and scrounge for cash
, April 06, 2004
In retrospect, cinema under Euro-Communism turned out to have a significant upside—artists were restricted and potentially censured, but... More>>
Stormy weather: Cloudy skies, murky plot, lots of waiting Stormy weather: Cloudy skies, murky plot, lots of waiting
, April 06, 2004
Getting off to a good start, A Thousand Clouds of Peace Fence the Sky, Love; Your Being Love Will Never End begins in the most medias of res: mid... More>>
A Bollywood Survey Mixes English Lit With High Camp A Bollywood Survey Mixes English Lit With High Camp
, April 06, 2004
In Bollywood touchstone Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (The Braveheart Will Take the Bride), hellcat Kajol throws hissy fits as Simran, the South... More>>
Vengeance Is Hers Vengeance Is Hers
Ethereal yin to Vol. 1's visceral yang, Tarantino's epic ends in a breeze of sweet reason
, April 06, 2004
And so the adventure continues. . . . The second installment of Quentin Tarantino's bifurcated pulp epic builds to a satisfying closer as the... More>>
Nia Vardalos drags Some Like It Hot into the recycling bin Nia Vardalos drags Some Like It Hot into the recycling bin
, April 06, 2004
The phrase "written by Nia Vardalos" should send any self-respecting moviegoer screaming into the night, pursued by the comedienne's... More>>
Film
, April 06, 2004
THE WHOLE TEN YARDS Directed by Howard Deutch Warner Bros., in release An anemic attempt at Coen-style bodies-and-bowling deadpan, The Whole... More>>
Lost Highway Lost Highway
Euro auteur finds America's heart of darkness in noisy desert trysts and motel-pool fucks
, March 30, 2004
Hell is where you find it, boy. In the nutty Euro-art tradition of Antonioni's Zabriskie Point and Wenders's Paris, Texas, Bruno Dumont's... More>>
Horned Hero Fights Tentacled Slime, Relives 20th Century Horned Hero Fights Tentacled Slime, Relives 20th Century
, March 30, 2004
Adapted by Guillermo del Toro from Mike Mignola's cult comic, Hellboy is both jocular and rhapsodic. There's plenty of Wagnerian sturm und drang... More>>
Trade Deficit Trade Deficit
Miramaxical (n.): Quasi-American hack knockoff for middlebrow foreign-film market
, March 30, 2004
Let's take this moment to recognize an official movie genre, the Miramaxical, more or less defined as heavy-handed imports that could just as... More>>
Wanna Bag a Handsome Prince? Be Yourself! Play Hard to Get! Wanna Bag a Handsome Prince? Be Yourself! Play Hard to Get!
, March 30, 2004
Handsome royals slum it in both Ella Enchanted and The Prince & Me, and the films' main tip for you Will or Harry wooers lies somewhere between... More>>
Wonky Teen Gets Laid, Saves Wet-Dream Siren From Porno Nightmare Wonky Teen Gets Laid, Saves Wet-Dream Siren From Porno Nightmare
, March 30, 2004
The Girl Next Door begins with the same deathless question that has bedeviled generations of teenagers: how to fill the space allotted to... More>>
Wait Until Dark Wait Until Dark
Lost in the mouth of madness: The joys of dialogue looping
, March 30, 2004
Part four of the production diary for The Saddest Music in the World (opens April 30). DAY 11 Why do film directors never speak of the... More>>
Film
, March 30, 2004
Desert déjà vu: 29 Palms vs. Twentynine Palms How can we tell them apart? 29 Palms: Unfunny comedy-thriller starring Jeremy... More>>
The Tao of Bill The Tao of Bill
From wiseacre to wounded wise man: Murray as Bozo, bumbling dad, and bodhisattva
, March 30, 2004
Bill Murray was not always Bill Murray—that is to say, he was not always "Bill motherfucking Murray," as GZA hails the recent Oscar nominee... More>>
Open-Door Policy Open-Door Policy
Korean director Kim Ki-duk paints a different landscape
, March 30, 2004
The Isle is about love," says Korean director Kim Ki-duk, in town to promote his exquisitely cyclical Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . and... More>>
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