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Tracking Shot Tracking Shot
, December 09, 2003
As dancer Honey Daniels, Jessica Alba drops gerundial g's, looks after the waifs of abusive families, and flings herself about with such military... More>>
Father Knows Less Father Knows Less
An almost grown-up Tim Burton buys a pack of Spielbergian lies—hook, line, and stinker
, December 09, 2003
"When the truth becomes legend, print the legend" is the advice a sage newspaper editor offers to wrap up John Ford's essay in American... More>>
Muse It Or Lose It: Dutch Treat Inspires Vermeer Masterpiece Muse It Or Lose It: Dutch Treat Inspires Vermeer Masterpiece
, December 09, 2003
A more agreeable, less inflated historical fantasy than Big Fish (see above), Girl With a Pearl Earring signals its interest in what Fernand... More>>
Tracking Shots Tracking Shots
, December 09, 2003
Two rarely shown movies shed additional light on the enigmatic personality of that one-man Soviet new wave, Boris Barnet (1902-1965). By the... More>>
Unplugged Unplugged
Light comedy at its darkest: An energy crisis illuminated
, December 09, 2003
Maybe most video journalism is so logy because of all the gear TV crews lug around just to capture brainless soundbites. Manhattanite Paul... More>>
Tracking Shot
, December 09, 2003
Written by The Pianist's Ronald Harwood, from a novel by the late, great Brian Moore, The Statement comes with a hoity-toity high-fiction... More>>
Connect the Dolts Connect the Dolts
Of human bondage: The Farrelly brothers attempt incredible two-headed genre transplant
, December 09, 2003
Is there a name for what the Farrelly brothers do? Poker-faced genre pastiche, Helen Keller-joke snottiness, absurdist sentimentality, whatever:... More>>
As Bad As It Gets: What Women Want Panderer Helps The Aged As Bad As It Gets: What Women Want Panderer Helps The Aged
, December 09, 2003
Few contemporary names send more of a succubine chill down the discerning filmgoer's spine than Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, Father of the... More>>
Six Degrees of Separation in Three Frames Of Disjunction Six Degrees of Separation in Three Frames Of Disjunction
, December 09, 2003
Trendier than ever (or at least easier to actualize, thanks to advances in digital shooting and editing), the split-screen device often retains... More>>
Bond of Outsiders Bond of Outsiders
Jewish teen steals groceries and learns folk wisdom from Sufi shopkeeper in 1960s Paris
, December 02, 2003
France's long-standing "Jewish problem" is intertwined with its more recent "Muslim problem"—a fast-growing Arab and Islamic minority that... More>>
Law Disorder
A young Argentine director's 'good cop, bad cop' routine
, December 02, 2003
One of the brightest talents of the new Argentine cinema, director Pablo Trapero charts one cop's indoctrination into a world of duplicity in his... More>>
The Trip to Dreadful: Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Grubstakers The Trip to Dreadful: Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Grubstakers
, December 02, 2003
A living demonstration of Sundance priorities, the ultra-indie Special Jury Prize winner What Alice Found has a shaky grip on interesting raw... More>>
The Pain in Spain The Pain in Spain
Civil war and remembrance dominate annual series, along with liars, cheats, and killers
, December 02, 2003
The 12th annual "Spanish Cinema Now" series confirms once again what earlier installments had already established: Spanish cinema still can't get... More>>
If I Could Turn Back Time: Crichton Warp Is Déjà Vu All Over If I Could Turn Back Time: Crichton Warp Is Déjà Vu All Over
, December 02, 2003
Cynics mutter that Master and Commander sullies Patrick O'Brian's source by changing the flags of the menacing Acheron from Stars and Stripes to... More>>
Bigger and Glossier, New Bollywood Megahits Show More Skin Bigger and Glossier, New Bollywood Megahits Show More Skin
, December 02, 2003
Bollywood's new slew of homegrown musical blockbusters have recently played an industry-morale-boosting game of cost one-upmanship: Records for... More>>
The Robe Warrior The Robe Warrior
White male seeks aboriginal Other for mutual transformation. Have kimono, will travel.
, December 02, 2003
Hokey and predictable, The Last Samurai is unlikely to garner the ringing endorsements accorded a more novel exercise in martial derring-do,... More>>
Fifty Years Later, an All-star Service Drama Still Makes Waves Fifty Years Later, an All-star Service Drama Still Makes Waves
, December 02, 2003
Celebrating its golden anniversary (and the 62nd coming of Pearl Harbor Day) with an excellent restoration, From Here to Eternity ponders the way... More>>
Tracking Shots Tracking Shots
, December 02, 2003
Portly and sardonic, the German actor Kurt Gerron was a star of Weimar cabaret. He introduced "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" in the original... More>>
The Three Kings of Music Video Unveil Their Weapons of Choice The Three Kings of Music Video Unveil Their Weapons of Choice
, December 02, 2003
Catching up with the late-20th-century truism that pop promos are the closest mass culture gets to poetry, Palm Pictures' overdue Directors Label... More>>
Film Film
, December 02, 2003
Forget Baghdad Directed by Samir AFD Theatrical, opens December 5, Cinema Village Samir, the Swiss son of an Iraqi Arab Communist, travels to... More>>
The Innocence Mission The Innocence Mission
Starting over in New York City, an Irish family discovers all that you can't leave behind
, November 25, 2003
After their arrival in Manhattan, the Irish family of In America makes the customary trip through Times Square, that commercial break in the... More>>
His Life as a Fake: Small-Town Cop's Downtime at the Academy His Life as a Fake: Small-Town Cop's Downtime at the Academy
, November 25, 2003
If South American cinema is indeed enjoying a renaissance, it may owe everything, ironically, to the continent's economic convulsions, which... More>>
Artisanal French Animator Says No to His Mouse and the Mouse Artisanal French Animator Says No to His Mouse and the Mouse
, November 25, 2003
Last summer, Jeffrey Katzenberg declared that "traditional animation is likely a thing of the past." This week, the new French film The Triplets... More>>
The Art of Noise The Art of Noise
Kinetic French retro-toon and onomatopoeic Hungarian whatsit beat the curse of subtitles
, November 25, 2003
Is there a way for foreign movies to avoid the curse of subtitles? Not with mime but with noise. The spirits of Mickey Mouse and Jacques Tati... More>>
Boxer With a Movie Camera: A Soviet Pioneer's Lyrical Antics Boxer With a Movie Camera: A Soviet Pioneer's Lyrical Antics
, November 25, 2003
Out of the dozen or so first-rate film artists who broke into production during the Soviet silent era, Boris Barnet (1902-65) has the most... More>>
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