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The Pallor of Money The Pallor of Money
Music of the Spheres
, February 25, 2003
Hawking its genre clichés as if they were newly minted aperçus, Poolhall Junkies is low-grade billiard porn that earnestly believes... More>>
Maid in Tel Aviv
Love, Labor, Loss
, February 25, 2003
Though Israel's tiny territory is crammed with journalists and filmmakers, few find anything new to say about that complex nation's deep... More>>
Dead Souls Dead Souls
Italian Horror's Scream King
, February 25, 2003
Mario Bava revealed himself as a master of funereal lyricism with Black Sunday (1960), his directorial debut. A breakthrough film for Bava and... More>>
Schoolhouse Rot
P.S. Your Frat Is Dead
, February 25, 2003
A flatland of lowest-common-denominated retro-collegiate wackiness, Old School is interesting only to the degree that this sort of ostensible... More>>
The Imperfect Storm The Imperfect Storm
Fox and His Muse: Fassbinder Star Hanna Schygulla Revealed
, February 25, 2003
The most iconic actor in the Rainer Werner Fassbinder company, Hanna Schygulla appeared in more than a dozen of the late German director's films.... More>>
The Dow Is Up The Dow Is Up
Reading Stones, Gathering Mossman
, February 18, 2003
Of all the well-spoken bookmen (and they are all, indeed, men) who populate Mark Moskowitz's documentary Stone Reader (now at Film Forum), none... More>>
Elegance Is Bliss Elegance Is Bliss
Old Hollywood's Mr. Practicality
, February 18, 2003
The most uncomplicated of classic Hollywood directors, Allan Dwan was also the most prolific. No one knows exactly how many films he made during... More>>
Trauma Centers Trauma Centers
Let Their Freak Flags Fly
, February 18, 2003
Just as Lars Von Trier foresaw in his epic-passional manner, the Dogme trendlet is making movies safe for soap opera again. Which sounds like the... More>>
Homeland Insecurity
Fear and Loathing on the Border
, February 18, 2003
In Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore posits that Americans shoot each other with unrivaled frequency due to a hair-trigger culture of fear,... More>>
Dead Man Gawking
Dull Heads Among Windy Spaces
, February 18, 2003
Those on the left still irked by Michael Moore's oafishly immodest case for gun control—wait till you see Alan Parker and Kevin Spacey... More>>
Partial Refractions
Three Funerals and a Wake
, February 18, 2003
Beginning three times with a funeral, Lawless Heart is the latest in the long procession of movies to borrow Rashomon's prismatic structure.... More>>
Fight Songs
This Music Kills Fascists
, February 18, 2003
At the screening of Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony that I attended in Seattle last year, director Lee Hirsch and producer Sherry... More>>
Wanna Be Like You
The Song's the Thing
, February 18, 2003
Struggling for four years with the kind of label woes that have left Next Big Things from Tsar to Palo Alto floating in industry ether, Bering... More>>
, February 18, 2003
Daredevil Directed by Mark Steven Johnson (20th Century Fox, in release) Blinded as a child, Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) is a lawyer by day and a... More>>
The Searchers The Searchers
The Influence of Anxiety
, February 11, 2003
Harold Rosenberg imagined a work of modern art as an "anxious object," unsure whether it was "a masterpiece or a piece of junk." Gus Van Sant's... More>>
Sex Is Comedy Sex Is Comedy
Rotterdam Bends to Conquer
, February 11, 2003
ROTTERDAM—Fitting for an affair as resolutely dirty-minded as the 2003 International Film Festival Rotterdam, this year's centerpiece found... More>>
Southern Exposure
Cinematographer Tim Orr Strikes Gold
, February 11, 2003
"If you told me four years ago that we'd be making a film with Terrence Malick, I'd say you were crazy," says cinematographer Tim Orr, who in... More>>
Stalk Options
Freaks Like Them
, February 11, 2003
The grueling endurance test of your given romantic comedy boils down to a keening Seinfeldian cry: Who are these people?! These smug sociopathic... More>>
Different Strokes Different Strokes
Wine, Women, and Wong
, February 11, 2003
"Without a drink and a woman, I can't hold a brush," insists the legendary Korean painter and de facto patriot Ohwon, a dipsomaniacal genius... More>>
Sacred Grove
Into the Vaults
, February 11, 2003
Avant-gardists have traditionally controlled all aspects of cinematic creation: shooting, sound, editing, even processing and projection,... More>>
, February 11, 2003
Pantaleón y Las Visitadoras Directed by Francisco Lombardi (Venevision, opens February 14, at Village East) Seemingly intended to... More>>
Our Old Friend
From Rent Boys to Weathergirls
, February 04, 2003
Lately upgraded from grungy indie stalwart to Oscar-baiting Hollywoodian, Gus Van Sant promises a return to austerity with his upcoming,... More>>
The Color of Paradise
Turn Back the Clock
, February 04, 2003
Vincente Minnelli's bright vision illuminates every frame of his elegant and civilized musicals. But his career was by no means restricted to the... More>>
Spook Easy Spook Easy
The Langley Burbs and the Latin Diaspora
, February 04, 2003
A rather insular spook procedural that hardly ever leaves the Langley suburbs, The Recruit weighs in like a porous brick of recycled... More>>
The Bachelorettes
World Enough and Time
, February 04, 2003
Any chick flick worth its serviceability rating needs a strong sense of urgency. The central hookup has to glimmer on the horizon, spark up a... More>>
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