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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>>
Something Wilder: Compton Teens Put On a Thornton Play Something Wilder: Compton Teens Put On a Thornton Play
, August 12, 2003
In many ways, cutthroat child-contest docs Hoop Dreams and Spellbound aren't about children at all. Their subjects are kids, sure, but they're... More>>
A Palestinian Director Subverts a Symbol of Oppression—Twice A Palestinian Director Subverts a Symbol of Oppression—Twice
, August 12, 2003
When I travel to Park City," says Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, on the phone from the Sundance Filmmakers Lab, "I am a filmmaker. There is... More>>
Korea Directions Korea Directions
Yesterday's Asian Cinematic Renaissance Works Out Its Kinks (and Rape Fantasies)
, August 12, 2003
A grab bag of (mostly) recent South Korean cinema comprising mainly innocuous box-office toppers and general-audience charmers, the New York... More>>
That '80s Show: Two Horror Franchises Go Straight to Hell That '80s Show: Two Horror Franchises Go Straight to Hell
, August 12, 2003
Presumably, the value of combining two lightweight horror franchises lies in the ability to thrill and frighten without taxing the gray matter.... More>>
Mothership Masala: Close Encounters of the Bollywood Kind
, August 12, 2003
Yet another landmark in the Indian film industry's recent streak of big-budget productions, Koi . . . Mil Gaya (Found Someone) delves into a... More>>
Drink Diet Coke! Drive an SUV! Watch an Indie Movie!
, August 12, 2003
In the wake of indie juggernauts Bend It Like Beckham and 28 Days Later comes the Sundance Film Series, further proof that even low-budget films... More>>
A Fassbinder Masterpiece Gets Close to Cinephile Heaven A Fassbinder Masterpiece Gets Close to Cinephile Heaven
, August 12, 2003
Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (Criterion DVD) Vital link between Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows and Todd Haynes's recent homage Far From... More>>
Film
, August 12, 2003
Renaissance man Matthew Barney is such a busy artistic powerhouse these days (Cremaster 3's climactic movement, "The Order," is out this month on... More>>
Time and Tide Time and Tide
All Talk and No Action
, August 05, 2003
August, and finally a real summer movie: Julie Lopes-Curval's simple, wise, pitch-perfect Seaside, a tapestry film comprised of unanswerable... More>>
Endless Bummer
Wet Behind the Ears
, August 05, 2003
Surfing isn't about "a lifestyle," Dana Brown philosophizes not far into Step Into Liquid; it's "about life." Sadly, beach-bum bumper-sticker... More>>
To Have And To Mold To Have And To Mold
Marriage American Style
, August 05, 2003
As our nation's hissy fit over Gallic weaselhood enters its sixth month, it's comforting to know that some Americans are still flying their... More>>
Unsuper Freak
Race-Bait and Switch
, August 05, 2003
Freaky Friday, based on a 1972 young people's book by Mary Rodgers (daughter of Richard) and previously adapted in 1976, could truly be called a... More>>
Top Underdog Top Underdog
Bob Hope, 1903–2003
, August 05, 2003
There's no denying a certain cosmic serendipity to the timing of this week's Bob Hope tribute at Lincoln Center, long planned as a belated 100th... More>>
Death Valley '74 Death Valley '74
The Desert of the Steal
, August 05, 2003
The hard-boiled private eye coolly strolls a few steps ahead of the audience; the slapstick detective gets absolutely everything wrong and then... More>>
Killing Me Softly
Not-Talking Cures
, August 05, 2003
Wrong Cure title: Charlotte Sometimes, which tunnels into the achy, nebulous, downtime-filled lives of a few L.A. twentysomethings, would have... More>>
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