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New Dawn Fades New Dawn Fades
The Young and the Breathless
, March 25, 2003
Milieu is everything in the films of Jia Zhangke. Writer-director of three independent features, the 32-year-old Jia has placed himself at the... More>>
World Beat World Beat
Argentinean Cowboys, Tajik Thugs, Italian Gay Dwarf Taxidermists
, March 25, 2003
The 2002 "New Directors" (which introduced two of the year's best movies in Late Marriage and The Fast Runner) is a tough act to follow. Opening... More>>
Making 'Victor Vargas' Making 'Victor Vargas'
Neighborhood Watch
, March 25, 2003
Peter Sollett is not Victor Vargas. "He's who I would have liked to have been at that age—handsome and cool," says first-time director... More>>
Fly Right, Straighten Up Fly Right, Straighten Up
Can't Get There From Here
, March 25, 2003
Premised on sexist clichés and homophobic cartoons, glutted with wheezing gags and drooling soundtrack cues, View From the Top and Boat... More>>
Film Film
, March 25, 2003
The Good Old Naughty Days (Strand, opens March 28, at the Quad) In true genre fashion, this silent-era porno compilation leaves something to be... More>>
A Modern Hero
Stan Brakhage, 1933–2003
, March 18, 2003
A great and courageous artist, Stan Brakhage died at age 70 after a long illness on March 9. To call him a filmmaker scarcely does him justice.... More>>
Back to Nature Back to Nature
The Art of Destruction
, March 18, 2003
Funny, mournful, weird, Carlos Reygadas's Japón is the new Mexican cinema's wiggiest manifestation to date. The 31-year-old filmmaker's... More>>
Man's Pest Friend Man's Pest Friend
The Right Way to Infest
, March 18, 2003
One might idly think of the 1970s as a more hospitable era for movies about homicidal rats, but here we have Willard, a devilish, high-time... More>>
Guys and Dolls Guys and Dolls
Noise in Babeland
, March 18, 2003
"I'm a minority, so I know where the bitches are coming from," says Jon Moritsugu, in a cameo as a cult-icon director in his own Scumrock... More>>
The Florida Key
Nurturing Ibero-American Talent in Miami
, March 18, 2003
For most films made in Latin and Central America, chances of stateside distribution are slim. Mexico's Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro... More>>
Cultural Evolution Cultural Evolution
Jia Zhangke's Lost Highways
, March 18, 2003
Jia Zhangke's films are all set in remote towns in the Chinese director's native province of Shanxi, a rugged, landlocked region bordering Inner... More>>
Hit Parade Hit Parade
Full Medal Jacket
, March 18, 2003
Hong Kong pulp has never placed a premium on coherence, but Fulltime Killer refines action non sequitur to pure dream illogic. Hopscotching from... More>>
Film
, March 18, 2003
The Girl From Paris Directed by Christian Carion Films Philos Opens March 21, at the Paris While we munch on our freedom fries, let's pitch... More>>
Remote Control
Caroline Link's African Odyssey
, March 11, 2003
Nowhere in Africa, German director Caroline Link's award-winning feature about a bourgeois Jewish family that escapes from Nazi Germany to a farm... More>>
Cults of Personality Cults of Personality
Bush Comes to Shove; Barney Goes for Baroque
, March 11, 2003
The third (and best) installment of Matthew Barney's "Cremaster Cycle" begins with a koan that's (mis)attributed to football coach Vince... More>>
Hello Stranger Hello Stranger
Alienated Dreamers and Lusty Rebels
, March 11, 2003
At a crucial point in Nicholas Ray's flamboyant western Johnny Guitar, Sterling Hayden confesses, "I'm a stranger here myself." He could be... More>>
Pitches Ain't Shit Pitches Ain't Shit
Queen of the Damned
, March 11, 2003
Seven Proposals for a Film in Which Steve Martin Will Appear in Full Hip-Hop Drag With Appropriate Slang for Not Less Than Six Minutes With the... More>>
Net Loss Net Loss
Kick Out the Hams
, March 11, 2003
What's in a name? Oversized box-office receipts for a shrill, poky comedy about good sportsmanship and the pursuit of big dreams. Bend It Like... More>>
The Long Roads Home The Long Roads Home
Two Iranian Films Put Women in the Driver's Seat
, March 11, 2003
Populated by characters who often go unseen, propelled by journeys whose purpose is withheld or entirely unexplained, Abbas Kiarostami's movies... More>>
Different Class
Masters of the Universe
, March 11, 2003
In October 1966, a group of Londoners composed a telegram to Jonas Mekas, founder of the flourishing five-year-old Film-makers' Co-operative in... More>>
Beyond The Veil Beyond The Veil
Faraway, So Close
, March 11, 2003
Imported Iranian movies freely excoriate their nation's sociopolitical conditions, and yet the land of mullahs and doe-eyed tykes is conceived of... More>>
Film
, March 11, 2003
Agent Cody Banks Directed by Harald Zwart MGM, opens March 14 This flick takes off with the titular crime-stopper (Frankie Muniz) chasing a... More>>
Burning Bush Burning Bush
'Horns and Halos' Directors Turn Fortune Tellers
, March 04, 2003
"We were out of the country when coke started to be a big issue for Bush in August of '99," recalls Suki Hawley, co-director with Michael... More>>
Formal Attire Formal Attire
Minimalist Journeys and Maximum Overdrive
, March 04, 2003
It's been a century since the violent, fast-moving pulse-pounder The Great Train Robbery left the nickelodeon audience agog. To their credit,... More>>
Hero Worship
Berlin's Personae Non Gratae
, March 04, 2003
BERLIN—Bookended by Colin Powell's warmongering UN speech and peacenik marches on Tiergarten Park's Siegessaule, the 10-day 53rd Berlin Film... More>>
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