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He's Gotta Have It He's Gotta Have It
Lee does the wrong things with lesbian lifestyle, corporate scandal, and anti-Bush fire
, July 20, 2004
Part social satire, part goofball daydream, Spike Lee's completely undisciplined if irresistibly titled She Hate Me strives manfully to put the... More>>
Against Sprawl Odds: An Original Take on the City of Angels
, July 20, 2004
Most movies are intended to transform documentary into fiction; Thom Andersen's heady and provocative Los Angeles Plays Itself has the opposite... More>>
Misinterpretation of Dreams Misinterpretation of Dreams
The birth of an aberration: Takashi Miike adds mutant spawn to his gallery of gross-outs
, July 20, 2004
World cinema's favorite grindhouse workhorse, Takashi Miike, continues to expel his speedball fantasies at a rate of about seven movies per year.... More>>
Urban Renewal Urban Renewal
The dreamlife of Angeles: A film professor reclaims his city
, July 20, 2004
When he was younger, Thom Andersen wanted to come to New York and work for the Maysles brothers. But he didn't have faith in his own camera... More>>
Splatter-Happy Takashi Miike on Public Baths and Private Jokes
, July 20, 2004
"I really wanted purity and innocence," Takashi Miike says of Gozu's virginal protagonist, whose id leaks might be responsible for the film's... More>>
The Wild Munch The Wild Munch
Stoned Asian American overachievers triumph over hunger and dumbass racist bullshit
, July 20, 2004
The pot odyssey gone melting-pot, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle takes a torch to the model-minority myth—or more precisely, it rolls it... More>>
Eternal Sunshine of the Mood-Stabilized Mind Eternal Sunshine of the Mood-Stabilized Mind
, July 20, 2004
Best known for his role as a retarded quarterback, anhedonic actor-waiter Andrew "Large" Largeman (Zach Braff) comes home to New Jersey for his... More>>
Resurrecting Trad, the Twist, and a Rude Birdie
, July 20, 2004
Something weird is happening in Middle America: You can see it in Conrad Birdie's revelation in the courthouse park, howling a hymn to the... More>>
Film Film
, July 20, 2004
Ultimate geezerfest and rock-doc holy grail, Festival Express presents the long-lost footage of a forgotten Woodstock on wheels—the... More>>
Accountant Cures Depressed Housewife Just by Listening Accountant Cures Depressed Housewife Just by Listening
, July 20, 2004
Patrice Leconte certainly knows his audience. Like much of his work of the past 15 years, his latest is a bland chamber drama for those who like... More>>
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, July 20, 2004
This 2000 Iranian film, like the recent Afghan Osama, follows the struggles of a young girl forced to impersonate a boy to support her family.... More>>
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, July 20, 2004
Suspected of murdering the transgender hooker population of Brussels, Bo (Robinson Stévenin in a superb performance), a pre-op... More>>
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, July 20, 2004
In 1735, two prisoners on Robben Island were brought before magistrates in Cape Town and accused of sodomy. Miscegenation added to the horror of... More>>
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, July 20, 2004
Reportedly the most successful homegrown film in its native Burkina Faso, longtime director Daniel Kollo Sanou's leisurely, deliriously barbed... More>>
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, July 20, 2004
Making the lavender programming on Showtime seem like The Children's Hour, Helen Lesnick's Inescapable is good dirty fun. Soft-butch architect... More>>
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, July 20, 2004
Gerry Anderson's cult TV series Thunderbirds was, if nothing else, an impressive feat of synergy: Filmed in "Supermarionation," the show offered... More>>
System Failure System Failure
Do androids dream of electric sheep crap?
, July 13, 2004
Seriously, do you need film reviews to tell you what you already know? That the new studio meatloaf I, Robot—"suggested by" Isaac Asimov's... More>>
Full Bloody Massage Full Bloody Massage
The sword and the stoneface: Takeshi Kitano acts with his eyes closed in comic gore-fest
, July 13, 2004
Takeshi Kitano, he the man—maybe a bit too much so in The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi. After appearing a few years ago in Nagisa Oshima's... More>>
Butterfly Affects Suicide Attempt, Bad Sex, Mall Construction Butterfly Affects Suicide Attempt, Bad Sex, Mall Construction
, July 13, 2004
Predicated on intersecting lives and bizarre coincidence, Barbara Albert's impressive second feature, Free Radicals, has a generic resemblance to... More>>
I Was Bourne, But . . . I Was Bourne, But . . .
Matt Damon's one-man death squad goes out for revenge and copes with imagery seizures
, July 13, 2004
Although it didn't seem obvious at the time of its release, The Bourne Identity (2002) is a quietly remarkable piece of studio-movie sedition.... More>>
Repetition Compulsion: An Endlessly Mutating J-Horror Flick Repetition Compulsion: An Endlessly Mutating J-Horror Flick
, July 13, 2004
A curious experiment in chain-yanking horror-movie dynamics, Ju-on: The Grudge performs the ratchet-release-repeat trick with such metronomic... More>>
Meow Nix Meow Nix
Kitty litter: Armed with bullwhip and skimpy leather catsuit, Berry coughs up a hairball
, July 13, 2004
Nothing captures the essence of summer-blockbuster desperation quite like a billboard featuring an Oscar-winning actress on all fours. Or maybe... More>>
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, July 13, 2004
Long an under-celebrated influence on American experimental cinema, Saul Levine now receives a rare retrospective of his own, in conjunction with... More>>
It's a Small World: Farrell's Man-Child Cut Down to Size It's a Small World: Farrell's Man-Child Cut Down to Size
, July 13, 2004
"I felt my own largeness heating up the air," says Bobby Morrow during a full-frontal moment in Michael Cunningham's 1990 novel A Home at the End... More>>
Sweet Smell of Excess: Fellini's Ethical Society Reporting Sweet Smell of Excess: Fellini's Ethical Society Reporting
, July 13, 2004
Fellini may be the most dated and retrospectively overinflated of the new wave era's headline acts, but La Dolce Vita (1960) is still a potent,... More>>
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