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, September 02, 2003
The World According To Shorts September 8 and 9, BAM Dripping with dissolution, two Norwegian shorts seem to have the edge at this year's BAM... More>>
All About My Other All About My Other
Who Wears the Pants? Who Doffs the Nightgown? Singing Iberian Yuppies Wanna Know
, August 26, 2003
If Spain is indeed the new France, and anybody's looking for cultural products to boycott à la Chardonnay, we might start with the... More>>
A Pushover and a Prodigal Dad Face Off in Meadows Land A Pushover and a Prodigal Dad Face Off in Meadows Land
, August 26, 2003
Would you agree to plumb your personal life on national TV with the author of What Are These Strawberries Doing on My Nipples: I Need Them for... More>>
Rookie's Fortune Rookie's Fortune
After a Season of Voyeurism and Conflict, 'Project Greenlight' Filmmakers Win the War
, August 26, 2003
Given the inherently debased modus operandi of the film industry in this country—has there ever been a system of aesthetic production so... More>>
Unearthing a Lost NYC in Sargent's Great Train Robbery Unearthing a Lost NYC in Sargent's Great Train Robbery
, August 26, 2003
At the moment, New Yorkers hardly need another object lesson in nonchalant resilience during total municipal breakdown, but darkened encounters... More>>
Film
, August 26, 2003
The New York subway opened in 1904 and made its first screen appearance shortly thereafter. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (see review) may... More>>
Whim Wenders Whim Wenders
How to Turn a Lesbian Straight, and Vice Versa, Without Assistance From Ben Affleck
, August 26, 2003
A pair of glowering Buenos Aires dykes kidnap a dumpy, depressed lingerie salesgirl at knifepoint, hijack a taxi, and . . . take her to the... More>>
White Suburban American Underclass Chooses Pain Over Pot White Suburban American Underclass Chooses Pain Over Pot
, August 26, 2003
Proving that regional theater—albeit of the Grand Guignol meets bear-baiting variety—is alive and well, The Backyard clumsily... More>>
Jew Eye for the Black Guy: Odd Couple Swap Stereotypes
, August 26, 2003
"When black people make love, is it different?" cooing JAP Marci Feld (Lisa Kudrow) asks the not-hardly-surly rapper Dr. S (Damon Wayans) as they... More>>
Early Ashton Kutcher Work Unearthed From Miramax Vault
, August 26, 2003
My Boss's Daughter's habitual release-date punting and ultimate dog-days dump indicate flop sweat, combined with an accountant's hope that the... More>>
The Need for More Than Greed: A Trio of Stroheim Sagas The Need for More Than Greed: A Trio of Stroheim Sagas
, August 26, 2003
No-fuckin'-around cinephiles sing the format electric: Kino goes to the wall with this package, presenting perfectly restored editions of Erich... More>>
Film Film
, August 26, 2003
The Medallion Directed by Gordon Chan Screen Gems, in release The titular trinket endows Jackie Chan with both immortality and freedom from... More>>
Training Daze Training Daze
Hobo Mavericks Ride Rails, Flee Ohio, Party Like It's 1199
, August 19, 2003
Twenty million pounds of metal, relentless speed, frantic shadow-play, all-devouring sound: Train hopping, as one of the modern-day tramps in... More>>
God Must Be Crazy: The Fight Over an Idiot Boxer's Soul
, August 19, 2003
The Spanish comedy Don't Tempt Me imagines Heaven and Hell as places so deeply mired in the business-as-usual hassles of earthly life that the... More>>
Halfpipe Dreams Halfpipe Dreams
A Bio-Doc Chronicles the Hawking of Skate Culture; a T&A Teen Comedy Just Hawks
, August 19, 2003
For those who imagine that skateboarding first met cinema with Dogtown and Z-Boys, consider this: As Hollywood fumbled through skatesploitation... More>>
Checkpoint Bride: My Big Fat Occupied Territories Wedding Checkpoint Bride: My Big Fat Occupied Territories Wedding
, August 19, 2003
Unlike, say, the Yiddish cinema of yore and Tony Gatlif's Romany jags, Palestinian films are nationless without being borderless—they... More>>
Millennial Bohemian Rhapsody Millennial Bohemian Rhapsody
Whole Intellects Disgorged in Total Recall for Seven Days and Nights in Downtown Howl
, August 19, 2003
Dissertation #MM2038. Author: Tiana Red-dick-Aziz, Department of Media History, Trump University. Title: "The 2003 East Village Film Festival as... More>>
Hell Goes to Bresson: A New Devotee's Cinema Conversion Hell Goes to Bresson: A New Devotee's Cinema Conversion
, August 19, 2003
One of the happier features of my life is my membership in a small film discussion group we call the Sons of Hugo Haas, but from its inception... More>>
Even When I Was 12 Even When I Was 12
You'll Be a Woman Soon: Two Pairs of It Girls Grow Up Too Fast, or Maybe Not Fast Enough
, August 19, 2003
Sure, the midlife male critics who thumbs-upped Lilya 4-Ever are raving Thirteen's nubile dysfunction. But like gal-pal meditations from Heavenly... More>>
Vienna Sizzles, and Sweaty Austrians Do the Wrong Thing Vienna Sizzles, and Sweaty Austrians Do the Wrong Thing
, August 19, 2003
It's getting hot in hier: An abject—and pointedly Austrian—contribution to the heat-wave mini-genre, Ulrich Seidl's Dog Days observes... More>>
Film Film
, August 19, 2003
Venus Boyz Directed by Gabriel Baur First Run Opens August 22, Quad One part time capsule of New York's once flourishing drag king scene and one... More>>
The Secret Lives of File Clerks The Secret Lives of File Clerks
Self-Promoting, Anti-Careerist Comix Hero Harvey Pekar Gets the Biopic He Deserves
, August 12, 2003
A Sundance prizewinner and the movie of the summer per a conclave of critics convened by Charlie Rose, American Splendor is a jazzy and humane... More>>
Film
, August 12, 2003
The French new wave fetishized Nick Ray (the "greatest" of post-war directors—Eric Rohmer) and Johnny Guitar ("a dream western,... More>>
Feminism, Freud, and Blacklist Fear in Ray's Cult Western Feminism, Freud, and Blacklist Fear in Ray's Cult Western
, August 12, 2003
Before there was Jerry Lewis there was Johnny Guitar. Nicholas Ray's 1954 western—a luridly operatic mix of Freudian sexual pathology and... More>>
S.Q.U.A.T. S.Q.U.A.T.
A Dreary Remake of a Forgotten '70s Cop Show: S.W.A.T. Have We Done to Deserve This?
, August 12, 2003
No one will ever know what possessed Columbia to remake the original S.W.A.T. TV series—a dreary network cop show that lasted a mere two... More>>
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