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, July 13, 2004
A mini–Short Cuts for the upwardly mobile Indo-American professional class, Flavors juggles four story lines loosely connected by the... More>>
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, July 13, 2004
The level of subtlety expressed in the title of this video broadside about media consolidation continues into the rhetoric deployed by its... More>>
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, July 13, 2004
Weary of her abusive stepdad, trailer princess Nola Keynes (Emmy Rossum) hotfoots it out of Kansas and hits Manhattan, where she's shocked to... More>>
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, July 13, 2004
A tedious deconstruction/send-up of '80s slasher flicks, Make a Wish fails on both counts: Combining all-gay characters with traditionally macho... More>>
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, July 13, 2004
Donnie Darko's passage from Sundance ruin to midnight-movie religion is an underdog feat worthy of its hero. Trust distributors Newmarket, newly... More>>
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, July 13, 2004
Author of the million-copy-selling A People's History of the United States, 81-year-old Howard Zinn is the activist academic as working-class... More>>
Widow Treatment Widow Treatment
Love—and death—on Long Island! Irving adaptation becomes Lands' End commercial
, July 06, 2004
Too little has been said about John Irving's typographical tics. He may or may not be our Dickens, but he is decidedly an ace at emphasis. He's... More>>
Better Luck Today: Asian Fest Imagines There's No Countries
, July 06, 2004
How much Asian cinema can one city take in a single summer? Last month's New York Asian Film Festival placed some of the continent's edgier... More>>
400 Grams and a Mule 400 Grams and a Mule
Grace and will: Assured debut feature treats a tabloid premise with restraint and intelligence
, July 06, 2004
Like a super-concentrated plot thread from Traffic, only without parallel story lines for pressure-relieving diversion, Joshua Marston's Maria... More>>
Barney Rumble: Superficial Doc Revisits Clinton's Gay '90s
, July 06, 2004
Bart Everly's doting portrait of openly gay Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank dispels current notions about the so-called return of the... More>>
Coup de Grace Coup de Grace
First-time director channels Colombian teen dope trafficker
, July 06, 2004
Joshua Marston acknowledges he's never been a 17-year-old Colombian girl. But that doesn't mean he can't tell a story about one. He's even... More>>
Moods for Moderns Moods for Moderns
Video art to video games: Channeling game-boy thrills, secret shames, and wartime woes
, July 06, 2004
Following Marshall McLuhan, early writing about video art proposed an aesthetics of narcissism; later, academics channel-surfed, read some... More>>
Princeton Revue: Duff's Little Match Girl Preps for Rejection
, July 06, 2004
"Do fairy tales come true, Dad?" a young sprite asks her father in A Cinderella Story. "No, but dreams do." This is odd, coming from a telling... More>>
Blank Generation: Richard Foreman's Script Communes With Anna O.
, July 06, 2004
Hysterics bend the knee, or try to, in Planet Earth: Dreams, a rigorous space-out penned by our bard of staged aphasia, Richard Foreman. It's a... More>>
Japanese Heartthrob Taps With Takeshi, Spars With Uma Japanese Heartthrob Taps With Takeshi, Spars With Uma
, July 06, 2004
"Dub Me Tender," the T-shirted chest says, visible under a flowing white smock. "_______," the beautiful face says, bedecked in youthful... More>>
Film Film
, July 06, 2004
Thirtysomething Alim (Jimi Mistry) might be a bit too old to play with imaginary friends, let alone dead film legends, but he does. As befits a... More>>
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, July 06, 2004
Told as if David Lean and Richard Linklater hadn't already perfected railway romantic drama, Zhou Yu's Train treats the simple moments of... More>>
Film
, July 06, 2004
This loving, almost hagiographic tribute to the art of improvised rapping and battling does not feature Eminem. There is no footage from 8 Mile... More>>
Film
, July 06, 2004
Sleepover is basically Sixteen Candles for the new cell-phoned 'tween set. A hot, practically mute high schooler risks his hard-earned cred to... More>>
Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Seminal speedmetal thrashers, despised by their own fans, seek and find psychiatric help
, June 29, 2004
Last fall, a hilarious 3,000-word review of Metallica's unlistenable St. Anger by some guy named Colin Tappe circulated over the Internet. He... More>>
Breaking the Waves: Z-Boy Trades Skateboard for Surfboard Breaking the Waves: Z-Boy Trades Skateboard for Surfboard
, June 29, 2004
Jeff Spicoli, Sean Penn's glazed-eyed truant in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, embodies the broadest stereotypes of the surfer in mantras like... More>>
Film
, June 29, 2004
The stencil for a thousand crime films to follow and even after 70-some years a sleek model of narrative excitement and paranoid construction,... More>>
To the Bitter End To the Bitter End
The context of no context: A self-questioning French director who insisted on imperfection
, June 29, 2004
Maurice Pialat, who died last year at age 77, was a Euro-film conundrum—hailed yet reviled, widely distributed yet rarely appreciated,... More>>
Sunset Blvd. to Mulholland Dr.: Los Angeles Films Itself
, June 29, 2004
Thom Andersen's visual-database-as-documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself, which opens at Film Forum July 28, runs close to three hours, but like... More>>
Marlon Brando 1924–2004 Marlon Brando 1924–2004
How the original Method man changed the nature of screen acting and shaped the national self-image
, June 29, 2004
Was he an actor, or a cultural eruption, an all-American zeitgeist with two legs, one swinging dick, and the appetite of a tartar? For the hungry... More>>
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