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His Life as a Fake: Small-Town Cop's Downtime at the Academy His Life as a Fake: Small-Town Cop's Downtime at the Academy
, November 25, 2003
If South American cinema is indeed enjoying a renaissance, it may owe everything, ironically, to the continent's economic convulsions, which... More>>
Artisanal French Animator Says No to His Mouse and the Mouse Artisanal French Animator Says No to His Mouse and the Mouse
, November 25, 2003
Last summer, Jeffrey Katzenberg declared that "traditional animation is likely a thing of the past." This week, the new French film The Triplets... More>>
The Art of Noise The Art of Noise
Kinetic French retro-toon and onomatopoeic Hungarian whatsit beat the curse of subtitles
, November 25, 2003
Is there a way for foreign movies to avoid the curse of subtitles? Not with mime but with noise. The spirits of Mickey Mouse and Jacques Tati... More>>
Boxer With a Movie Camera: A Soviet Pioneer's Lyrical Antics Boxer With a Movie Camera: A Soviet Pioneer's Lyrical Antics
, November 25, 2003
Out of the dozen or so first-rate film artists who broke into production during the Soviet silent era, Boris Barnet (1902-65) has the most... More>>
Screen Texts
, November 25, 2003
Guy Debord: Complete Cinematic Works Translated and edited by Ken Babb A.K. Press The rarely seen movies produced by the Situationist... More>>
Sew What?! Bowery Boy's Eye-popping Postpunk Surrealism Sew What?! Bowery Boy's Eye-popping Postpunk Surrealism
, November 25, 2003
What are your tits made of, dear?" bouffanted Gary Glitter asks Leigh Bowery, festooned like a sadomaso Christmas cracker in epaulets, face... More>>
Ride With the Devil Ride With the Devil
An anti-oater searches for the Man With No Name, who happens to be in town this week
, November 25, 2003
The western is dead, long live the western. No longer a meaningful staple in our culture, this most iconic and supremely Kantian genre persists... More>>
You Better Watch Out: This Santa's Got a Brand-New Fuckstick You Better Watch Out: This Santa's Got a Brand-New Fuckstick
, November 25, 2003
Reeking of stale whiskey and urine, awash in phlegmy torrents of baroque obscenity, Bad Santa positions itself as an act of seasonal sabotage,... More>>
Outback Justice and Harlemsploitation in a Sprawling African Series Outback Justice and Harlemsploitation in a Sprawling African Series
, November 25, 2003
From the Australian outback to Burkina Faso to Brooklyn, the 11th ADFF's takes on the black experience more often than not dish out examples of... More>>
Film
, November 25, 2003
VALLEY OF TEARS Directed by Hart Perry Seventh Art, opens November 28, Two Boots Pioneer Most of the best moments in Hart Perry's latest... More>>
Heaven Can Weight Heaven Can Weight
Hopscotching chronology elevates New Age mysticism in a heart transplant melodrama
, November 18, 2003
Predicated on the magic of disjunctive editing, Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams is as much jigsaw puzzle as movie.... More>>
The Revolution Will Be Westernized: Leone's Nutty, Lefty Epic The Revolution Will Be Westernized: Leone's Nutty, Lefty Epic
, November 18, 2003
The most abstract and eccentric of Sergio Leone epics, Duck, You Sucker (a/k/a A Fistful of Dynamite, a/k/a Once Upon a Time . . . the... More>>
Jump Cuts Jump Cuts
, November 18, 2003
In addition to many explosions, the restored Duck, You Sucker includes the following scenes and shots, excised from previous American release... More>>
The Parent Traps The Parent Traps
Children shouldn't play with dead Canadian movies or leering comedians in ugly catsuits
, November 18, 2003
The embrace and snarl of parent-child love-hate is one of humanity's deathless issues, and true to his record, Canadian auteur Denys Arcand... More>>
A Few Odd Girls Out Leave Behind the Old New Queer Cinema A Few Odd Girls Out Leave Behind the Old New Queer Cinema
, November 18, 2003
Good social consciousness doesn't necessarily make for good art—a hard truth underscored by the shorts available for preview from the latest... More>>
Ga-Ga-Ga-Goils! A Counterculture Cornerstone Turns 40 Ga-Ga-Ga-Goils! A Counterculture Cornerstone Turns 40
, November 18, 2003
A be-bopped beatnik riff on Mack Sennett madness, updated for the anything-goes youth counterculture, Adolfas Mekas's 1963 Hallelujah the Hills... More>>
Girl Who Likes Girl Who Likes Boy: Taipei Teens Work It Out Girl Who Likes Girl Who Likes Boy: Taipei Teens Work It Out
, November 18, 2003
Stringing together a daisy chain of unrequited teen crushes, the Taipei-set Blue Gate Crossing flutters between the sweetly muted and the... More>>
Nuts and Volts Nuts and Volts
Halle Berry's looney-tuned fireworks jinxed by a French ex-auteur's waterlogged ambition
, November 18, 2003
Storm warning: Halle Berry gets soaking wet in Gothika, the victim of deluges that would make her meteorologically gifted X-Men persona proud. In... More>>
Pacific Heights Pacific Heights
Chasing the dragons in Vancouver's East Asian showcase
, November 18, 2003
VANCOUVER, CANADA—Among its numerous idiosyncratic highlights, last month's Vancouver Film Festival featured a sidebar of L.A. movies... More>>
Enjoy the Silents: No Talk, All Action at the Pordenone Festival Enjoy the Silents: No Talk, All Action at the Pordenone Festival
, November 18, 2003
SACILE, ITALY—This year marks the 70th anniversary of King Kong, the most famous adventure film of all time, and last month's 22nd Pordenone... More>>
Film
, November 18, 2003
TICKET TO JERUSALEM Written and directed by Rashid Masharawi Global Film Initiative November 19 through 25, MOMA Gramercy Movies that champion... More>>
Thar He Blows Thar He Blows
Crowe keeps swinging in a naval-gazing epic about the agony and ecstasy of leadership
, November 11, 2003
Master and Commander, directed by Peter Weir from the first of the late Patrick O'Brian's 20 naval adventure novels, is a spectacle at once burly... More>>
Revisiting the Felliniesque, a Half-Century After His First Hit Revisiting the Felliniesque, a Half-Century After His First Hit
, November 11, 2003
Federico Fellini never made a movie outside of Italy—let alone in Hollywood—but he was the most universally pop of post-war European... More>>
Film Film
, November 11, 2003
Lars von Trier's 1987 Epidemic (as in "Catch it"—Rolling Stone) was the Danish provocateur's second theatrical film, as well as his first... More>>
Design for Living Design for Living
From Philly to Dhaka, a son's pilgrimage sheds light on a visionary architect's personality
, November 11, 2003
When the great architect Louis Kahn died of a heart attack in 1974, bankrupt and alone in the men's room at Pennsylvania Station, he left behind... More>>
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