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Things Fall Apart
, December 31, 2002
Like Turner and Constable, Andy Goldsworthy could be termed a British nature artist. But unlike his forebears, Goldsworthy has made his chosen... More>>
Portraits of the Artist Portraits of the Artist
, December 24, 2002
Roman Polanski's world is predicated on violent absurdity, and in the first few moments of his new movie, The Pianist, war breaks out with... More>>
Modesty Blaze Modesty Blaze
Philip Seymour Hoffman Out of Character
, December 24, 2002
One of a rare hybrid breed that might be termed Star Character Actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman has, in the space of just a few years, amassed an... More>>
Bliss and Blarney
, December 24, 2002
In Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, James Stewart, contemplating suicide, sees the world as it would have been had he not been born. The... More>>
This Is Your Life This Is Your Life
, December 24, 2002
A Sartrean "impossible history," the Charlie Kaufman-scripted Confessions of a Dangerous Mind hits the meta-movie paradigm running. The avowed... More>>
Working Weak
, December 24, 2002
Along with Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Billy Wilder's 1960 Oscar-sweeper The Apartment elevates the workplace romance... More>>
The Good Son The Good Son
, December 24, 2002
Charles Dickens's third full-fledged novel once occasioned a Royal Shakespeare Company production that ran nine and a half hours long, owing not... More>>
Dances With Woolf Dances With Woolf
, December 24, 2002
If Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer-winning novel The Hours pulled off the quietest of daredevil stunts, maintaining a precarious composure as it... More>>
Film
, December 24, 2002
In Shifting Sands Directed by Scott Ritter (Five Rivers, opens December 27, at the Quad) The UN's former chief weapons inspector in Iraq, Scott... More>>
Sales Pitches Sales Pitches
, December 17, 2002
A four-figure, amphetamanic, self-styled calling-card movie, Joe Carnahan's 1999 directorial debut, Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane, couldn't help... More>>
Trading Spaces Trading Spaces
, December 17, 2002
The woman behind me at Maid in Manhattan lamented having seen too many serious movies lately. "I am ready for some pure entertainment." She... More>>
Save the Last Trance Save the Last Trance
Lynne Ramsay's Callar I.D.
, December 17, 2002
LONDON—As fragmentary, elusive, and brilliantly hued as a kaleidoscope's pattern, Lynne Ramsay's Morvern Callar is a hypnotic tone poem on... More>>
Psychedelic Blurs Psychedelic Blurs
, December 17, 2002
Though nowadays "psychedelia" conjures seedy visions of black-light velvet posters, gnarly wizard-shaped bongs, and totally rad screen savers,... More>>
Vice City Vice City
, December 17, 2002
Arriving a year late and saddled with abundant backstory, Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York is finally slouching into Bethlehem,... More>>
Human Resources Human Resources
, December 17, 2002
Gangs of New York isn't the only bloody historical pageant in town this week. As steeped in ethnic hatreds as Martin Scorsese's Lower Manhattan... More>>
Film
, December 17, 2002
SMOKERS ONLY Directed by Verónica Chen (Strand, opens December 20, at the Quad) Reni fancies herself, in desperate moments, an alien,... More>>
Road Warriors Road Warriors
, December 10, 2002
Driving into the blizzard of Christmas releases come two star-powered road movies, the echt-American About Schmidt and Brit fave Morvern Callar.... More>>
Outrageous Fortune Outrageous Fortune
, December 10, 2002
Broodingly ominous and machine-waxed to a high sheen, the new Spanish movie Intacto launches with a series of enigmatic set pieces: In a rarefied... More>>
It's No Joke
, December 10, 2002
Childhood misery is often mitigated by the secret hope that someday grown-up life will be better; the adult variety is far more depressing. Two... More>>
Journal Entries
, December 10, 2002
The French film journal Positif was founded in 1952 in Lyon, less than a year after its great rival Cahiers du Cinéma first appeared in... More>>
Sexy Beasts Sexy Beasts
, December 10, 2002
Like his mentor Pedro Almodóvar, 37-year-old Basque director Alex de la Iglesia creates crowd-friendly, candy-colored pastiches steeped in... More>>
Game Theory
, December 10, 2002
"I make the rules of the game, then attempt to play it," explains Michael Snow in Teri Wehn-Damisch's On Snow's Wavelength, Zoom Out, a portrait... More>>
Bubbling Under
, December 10, 2002
The horror stories recounted in the San Francisco-set documentary Boom: The Sound of Eviction have played out (and still do) in any number of NYC... More>>
Only the Young Only the Young
, December 10, 2002
In the only smarm-free passage in Don DeLillo's White Noise, Jack Gladney holds his crying toddler on his lap in the car and allows himself to... More>>
I'm With the Band
, December 10, 2002
Applying familiar sports-movie tropes to an unlikely university marching band milieu, Charles Stone III's Drumline works overtime equating... More>>
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