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A Sultry Silent-Screen Star Is Finally Ready For Her Close-Up
, January 13, 2004
You needn't be a shrink to understand the appeal of the beautiful Chinese American actress and sometime siren Anna May Wong (1905-61). The real... More>>
Film Film
, January 13, 2004
Fate has decreed Anna May Wong the subject of two new books, each filled with fascinating material and both convincingly characterizing the... More>>
Winged Migration Winged Migration
New time-travel technology perfected: Ashton Kutcher discovers the magic of reading
, January 13, 2004
The logistics of time travel remains one of science fiction's great challenges. The thrill of tampering with the past or peering into the future... More>>
Film
, January 13, 2004
First-time director Joseph Kahn, known for his flashy music videos (he won a Moonman for Eminem's "Without Me"), gets an opportunity to bring his... More>>
Mission Impossible Mission Impossible
A white-knuckle ride toward a taut, gripping cliff-hanger in a tense psychological thriller!!!
, January 13, 2004
In 1985, British mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates scaled the 21,000-foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes, becoming the first men to... More>>
Thinking Outside The Cage: Sound With and Against Image Thinking Outside The Cage: Sound With and Against Image
, January 13, 2004
One would naturally look to film to enshrine a world-class 20th-century thinker as influential as composer John Cage. Yet many attempts to have... More>>
Now I Wanna Be Your Dog Now I Wanna Be Your Dog
Parents won't feel Von Trapped in snarky toon
, January 13, 2004
Fueled by knowing in-jokes, sitcom-familiar voice talent, and illustrator Gary Baseman's endearingly retro, cutesy-gross milieu, Teacher's Pet... More>>
The Invisible Man The Invisible Man
A Tehran pizza delivery boy gives an indelible performance in a humanist anti-blockbuster
, January 06, 2004
Bleary and hungover from the endless blather of the annual Top 10 ritual, I find it bracing to review a movie that might well end up among the 10... More>>
Ford-Inspired Anime Recasts John Wayne as Turbaned Trannie Ford-Inspired Anime Recasts John Wayne as Turbaned Trannie
, January 06, 2004
Awelcome exercise in anime weirdness, Satoshi Kon's boldly morose Tokyo Godfathers has a yakuza-fest title, but in fact transposes John Ford's... More>>
The Searchers The Searchers
Ethiopian Jews, Holocaust survivors, Lacanian psychobabblers, and a downtown bra shop
, January 06, 2004
Journeys undertaken for the purpose of survival, spiritual enlightenment, or a better bra fit form the core of this year's New York Jewish Film... More>>
Anita Mui, 1963-2003
, January 06, 2004
The divas are dead. Two of Hong Kong's most theatrical, most popular, most outrageously sexual stars won't be around to ring in the Chinese New... More>>
8 Simple Rules for Babysitting the President's Daughter 8 Simple Rules for Babysitting the President's Daughter
, January 06, 2004
X-tina's been stripped of all good-girl pretense, and Britney's now the queen of the shotgun annulment. Hilary, Ashley, and Mary-Kate are still... More>>
Native Son Native Son
The slaughter rule: Imperialist lynch mob plays follow-the-leader in Australian outback.
, January 06, 2004
It's been a quarter-century or so since Australian movies began, with The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, to seriously contemplate the scorched earth... More>>
Courtship as Obstacle Course: Ben Stiller Flirts With Disaster Again Courtship as Obstacle Course: Ben Stiller Flirts With Disaster Again
, January 06, 2004
The Ben Stiller romantic comedy is by now a genre unto itself—one premised on pain, humiliation, and the star's endearing masochism.... More>>
Tracking Shot Tracking Shot
, January 06, 2004
Memories of Duke director Gary Keys's doc is an odd blend of passionate performance footage and maddeningly shallow analysis of Cuba's music and... More>>
Battle Cries Battle Cries
Fifty years on, a guerrilla leader revisits the fight of his life
, January 06, 2004
It's been almost 50 years since Saadi Yacef, revolutionary hero of the Algerian war of independence, leapt across the terraces of the casbah in... More>>
Tracking Shot
, January 06, 2004
Homies can make good hubbies, goes the moral of this January dump job, a tired send-up of hip-hop-isms that also aspires to be a Waiting to... More>>
Film Film
, January 06, 2004
Showing this week at the annual New York Jewish Film Festival, this video documentary double bill might be termed "Maccabees of Aesthetic... More>>
Staged Fright Staged Fright
Dial E for Experiment: Hitch crafts a master's maze in his sole foray into 3-D filmmaking
, December 30, 2003
Alfred Hitchcock's only excursion into 3-D, Dial M for Murder stars Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, and a bilge green ceramic lamp. Since the film has... More>>
Where the Boys Are Where the Boys Are
Girl talk with Lord of the Rings screenwriter Philippa Boyens
, December 30, 2003
Yeah, I was one of those geeks," says Philippa Boyens, the member of the Lord of the Rings screenwriting troika who most often braves Tolkien... More>>
Film Film
, December 30, 2003
Films based on the likes of Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy have become Hollywood staples, but clever geeks are crafting their own movies out of... More>>
Goodbye Youth, Goodbye Goodbye Youth, Goodbye
In a city of sadness, tomorrow becomes today as the techno beat goes on and on and on
, December 30, 2003
Likely the world's most revered director—atleast in the land of cinephilia—Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien plunges headlong into gaga... More>>
Toni Collette Lips Her Stocking in a Culture-Clash Road Movie Toni Collette Lips Her Stocking in a Culture-Clash Road Movie
, December 30, 2003
Japanese Story might be as accurately titled The Toni Collette Movie. The Australian actress (an Oscar nominee for her role as Haley Joel... More>>
Film Film
, December 30, 2003
The unknown gem in the Walter Reade's ambitious sci-fi show, Avalon is a "live-action" feature by anime maestro Mamoru Oshii—acquired by... More>>
Rocket the Casbah Rocket the Casbah
Louder than a bomb: A '60s masterpiece of agitprop returns with a newfound relevance
, December 30, 2003
This past August, as both Iraqi and "coalition" cadavers piled up in post-"victory" insurgency fighting, the Pentagon's Special Operations and... More>>
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