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Tracing the Roots of Violence and the Rise of Sharonism
, May 04, 2004
Making documentaries about the Middle East, where political realities shift instantaneously, can be a tricky business. But Israeli director Ilan... More>>
First Person Plurality First Person Plurality
Some don't like it hot: Narcissism and celebrity at a doc fest
, May 04, 2004
TORONTO—Albeit relatively real, documentary cinema can't entirely resist the same forces of unnatural selection that determine whether Brad... More>>
Surviving Desire Surviving Desire
Fleeing German bombs, a makeshift family gets back to nature in the French countryside
, May 04, 2004
"The clocks aren't working here," someone remarks late in André Téchiné's Strayed, and indeed, for most of its duration,... More>>
Jailhouse Stereotypes Shackle Indecisive Brazilian Drama Jailhouse Stereotypes Shackle Indecisive Brazilian Drama
, May 04, 2004
The unmistakable growl in the belly of contemporary Brazilian cinema is the utter absence of readily recognizable moral sentiment. Recent films... More>>
Film Film
, May 04, 2004
A Slipping-Down Life Written and directed by Toni Kalem Lions Gate, opens May 14, Angelika In this long-shelved adaptation of an Anne Tyler... More>>
Film Film
, May 04, 2004
Set in a dim, dingy tenement apartment, The 24th Day is a stifling two-hander that waffles through a succession of dutiful reversals, only to... More>>
It's the Bomb It's the Bomb
We're off to see the lizard: World's biggest reptile—and atomic-age metaphor—turns 50
, April 27, 2004
Magnificent and absurd, the gigantic radioactive reptile known as Godzilla is the great movie monster of the post-World War II era—in part... More>>
Spray It Forward: Green-Eyed Loser Misses Shitty Opportunity Spray It Forward: Green-Eyed Loser Misses Shitty Opportunity
, April 27, 2004
A somewhat perky, character-driven comedy of humiliation, Barry Levinson's Envy is named for that "green-eyed monster," which, per the Bard,... More>>
Love Actually Love Actually
Smashing taboos and risking tastelessness, a Korean heartbreaker finds unlikely romance
, April 27, 2004
Lee Chang-dong's Oasis is, at first blush, one of those occasional miracles that approach leapingly scandalous material with a superhuman charity... More>>
Bringing It All Back Home: The Return of a Blacklisted Expat Bringing It All Back Home: The Return of a Blacklisted Expat
, April 27, 2004
The Servant (1963) is Joseph Losey's signature film. With his 15th feature, at age 54, Losey scored his first international success, and in... More>>
Film Film
, April 27, 2004
Long before high-tech digital dinosaurs and similar CGI creatures overran the Hollywood ecosystem, pioneering stop-motion animator Ray... More>>
Unsafe At Any Size Unsafe At Any Size
My big fat American heart attack: Eating 90 straight meals at McDonald's to prove a point
, April 27, 2004
Appetite suppressant, frat-boy stunt, and anti-corporate headbutt all in one juicy if not always wholesome package, Super Size Me records the... More>>
In His Skin: The View From a Late Folkie's Bedroom Window In His Skin: The View From a Late Folkie's Bedroom Window
, April 27, 2004
Save for a few childhood home movies, there exists no film footage of Nick Drake. A Skin Too Few, Jeroen Berkvens's whispery portrait of the... More>>
Chicken Pun: Pet Rooster Spurs Farm Boy's Homo Awakening Chicken Pun: Pet Rooster Spurs Farm Boy's Homo Awakening
, April 27, 2004
A terse coming-of-gay dramedy, The Mudge Boy boasts all the ingredients necessary for maximum indie voltage: a socially awkward teen protagonist... More>>
Hello, Dolly!: Bad Seed Fails to Take Root in Cloning Thriller Hello, Dolly!: Bad Seed Fails to Take Root in Cloning Thriller
, April 27, 2004
Last year's cinematic dead-kid-apalooza makes the leap from think-piece topic to overextended formula with Godsend. Working from the assumption... More>>
Film Film
, April 27, 2004
The multi-talented gender-blur diva Jackie Curtis was too down-to-earth to qualify as a sacred monster, but Dusan Makavejev—who directed the... More>>
Film
, April 27, 2004
THE MAGIC WORLDS OF CZECH ANIMATION BAMcinématek, May 6 through 9 The original stomping ground for fairy-tale theater and tabletop... More>>
Life and Nothing But Life and Nothing But
Three Georgian women carry on amid global displacement and flea-market capitalism
, April 20, 2004
Stress-cracked mother-daughter symbiosis gets a thorough microscoping in first-timer Julie Bertuccelli's Since Otar Left . . . , a... More>>
A Classic Movie Metaphor Returns for Another Showdown A Classic Movie Metaphor Returns for Another Showdown
, April 20, 2004
Designed from the flowchart up to be a kind of monolithic American metaphor, Fred Zinnemann's High Noon (1952)—restored and rereleased for a... More>>
The Sorrow and The Ditty The Sorrow and The Ditty
Amnesia, amputation, and art deco anachronism in a hallucinatory musical melodrama
, April 20, 2004
The Saddest Music in the World is the funniest musical of the decade—the 1930s, that is. Guy Maddin's latest extravaganza, improbably... More>>
A Resurrected Anti-Passion: Python's Sunday-School Travesty A Resurrected Anti-Passion: Python's Sunday-School Travesty
, April 20, 2004
Monty Python's Life of Brian, re-released on its 25th anniversary as an antidote to The Passion of the Christ, is a single-joke satire of... More>>
Film
, April 20, 2004
For many infidels, the Jesus movie of choice remains Cecil B. DeMille's 1927 The King of Kings. This silent blockbuster was recently screened at... More>>
Broadcast News
Discussing radio, revolution, and dreams of democracy with director Jonathan Demme
, April 20, 2004
"People ask me what does Haiti have to show for 200 years of independence," says Michèle Montas. "I say, 'Survival.'" Montas should know.... More>>
The Saddest Diary in the World Wraps Up in a Torrent of Tears The Saddest Diary in the World Wraps Up in a Torrent of Tears
, April 20, 2004
This is the final installment of Guy Maddin's production diary for The Saddest Music in the World (opening April 30). DAY 20 Been too sad to... More>>
He Got God: Denzel Gets Even in a Blitz of Christian Retribution He Got God: Denzel Gets Even in a Blitz of Christian Retribution
, April 20, 2004
"Do you ever see the hand of God in what you do?" a nun asks Denzel Washington in Man on Fire, the latest pyrotechnic blitz from Tony Scott. We... More>>
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