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Mad Scientist Seeks Flesh for Fantasy in French Scare Classic Mad Scientist Seeks Flesh for Fantasy in French Scare Classic
, October 28, 2003
Opening for Halloween in a new print, Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face (1959) is a masterpiece of poetic horror and tactful, tactile... More>>
Film Film
, October 28, 2003
Trailers for The Human Stain show Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman in a clinch. "There's something I need to tell you," he whispers. "Later,"... More>>
Reunification Blues Reunification Blues
Two halves do not make a whole: a Korean director charts his nation's psychic divisions
, October 28, 2003
The brightest filmmaker to emerge from South Korean cinema's recent boom years, Hong Sang-Soo has been making a career of reinventing the notion... More>>
Unsanctioned
An Iraqi movie provokes controversy at a Moroccan festival
, October 28, 2003
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO—The hash-trail metropolis that inspired Crosby, Stills, and Nash's "Marrakesh Express" is now host to a world-class film... More>>
Film
, October 28, 2003
DIE MOMMIE DIE! Directed by Mark Rucker Sundance Film Series Opens October 31, Loews 34th Street Retired songstress Angela Arden (Charles Busch)... More>>
Lone Star State of Mind Lone Star State of Mind
Slick horror remake softens political outrage, but check out the Bush family resemblance
, October 21, 2003
Like so many fondly remembered DIY frightmares of the 'Nam era, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) harbored a rich nougat center of... More>>
It's DéJà Vu All Over Again as Bush and Gore Rerun for Office It's DéJà Vu All Over Again as Bush and Gore Rerun for Office
, October 21, 2003
Even for those of us who still, to this very minute, find the phrase "Governor Schwarzenegger" funny to the point of hyperventilation, the season... More>>
Polish Bloc-Busters Craft Fairy-Tale Theater of the Absurd
, October 21, 2003
In Film as a Subversive Art, Amos Vogel proposes that Communist-era Eastern European cinema functions by means of "Aesopian metaphors." "Unable... More>>
Being and Nothingness Being and Nothingness
Van Sant's beauties float through intersecting time tunnels toward apocalyptic doom
, October 21, 2003
Let's credit Gus Van Sant for squandering the capital of his egregious Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester on sincere misfires like a... More>>
Cop's Hot For Teacher, Goes Down By Law in Campion Policier Cop's Hot For Teacher, Goes Down By Law in Campion Policier
, October 21, 2003
Taking a role intended for the indomitable Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan gets naked, frisky, and totally weirded out for Jane Campion's arty thriller... More>>
Film Film
, October 21, 2003
In the Cut isn't the first attempt to take back the night. Rescued from obscurity by CUNY's Feminist Press, Dorothy B. Hughes's 1947 pulp... More>>
Eastward To The World Eastward To The World
Long Bow takes great leap forward with a gripping doc on China's Cultural Revolution
, October 21, 2003
China's Cultural Revolution endures as an ugly symbol of the human psyche's weakness in times of groupthink. Between 1964 and 1976, Mao... More>>
A Noir's By-the-Musical-Numbers Remake Hits a Sour Note A Noir's By-the-Musical-Numbers Remake Hits a Sour Note
, October 21, 2003
British playwright Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective is one of the Holy Grails of television drama—the legendary product of a creative... More>>
Film Film
, October 21, 2003
SISTER HELEN Directed by Rob Fruchtman and Rebecca Cammisa HBO/R&R, opens October 24, Quad From the priest sex-abuse scandals to the Vatican's... More>>
The Lord's Brayer
Robert Bresson puts the ass in classic with his 1966 masterwork about a saintly donkey
, October 14, 2003
To cut to the chase, Robert Bresson's heart-breaking and magnificent Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)—the story of a donkey's life and death in... More>>
Witnessing An Underdog's Personal, Uncontrolled Fantasy Witnessing An Underdog's Personal, Uncontrolled Fantasy
, October 14, 2003
The ultimate underground movie, Star Spangled to Death, Ken Jacobs's epic, bargain-basement assemblage, annotates a lyrical junkyard allegory... More>>
Film
, October 14, 2003
Largely misappreciated when it was released two summers after Easy Rider, The Hired Hand—starring and directed by Peter Fonda—is a... More>>
Dying as an Art Dying as an Art
A marriage of heaven and hell: rote Plath-Hughes biopic seeks closure and takes no sides
, October 14, 2003
"But now you have defined the whole thing, and handed it to the public," Ted Hughes wrote to A. Alvarez after the latter published a memoir of... More>>
Streets of Fire Streets of Fire
In Bus 174, José Padilha pieces together a hijacker's hell
, October 14, 2003
For four and a half hours on June 12, 2000, a lone gunman moved from window to window inside a stopped Rio bus. His botched robbery had escalated... More>>
Time Regained in an Underground Master's Lyrical Diary Films Time Regained in an Underground Master's Lyrical Diary Films
, October 14, 2003
The third New York Film Festival is an organized and well-sponsored undertaking to prevent New Yorkers from seeing what's really going on in... More>>
Aging Showgirl Straps on Her Guitar, Turns Avenging Angel Aging Showgirl Straps on Her Guitar, Turns Avenging Angel
, October 14, 2003
Spitting out voice-over like a semi-automatic clip of "fuck you"s, Gina Gershon joins this year's cadre of fortysomething hotties scorching... More>>
The Martyr They Come The Martyr They Come
Schumacher and Grisham both found guilty as charged in crime-drama-cliché festivals
, October 14, 2003
Veronica Guerin, the crusading Irish journalist played with a relentlessly playful squint by Cate Blanchett, is murdered just minutes into her... More>>
Meltingest-Pot Tenement Saves Thanksgiving for White Girl Meltingest-Pot Tenement Saves Thanksgiving for White Girl
, October 14, 2003
In the reliably indigestible genre of the Thanksgiving-reunion movie, Pieces of April is easily the biggest turkey yet—a gluttonous buffet... More>>
From a Divided Country, a Stark and Bleak Cinema Emerges From a Divided Country, a Stark and Bleak Cinema Emerges
, October 14, 2003
Poised between East and West, Turkish cinema reflects a divided society—both deeply religious and ferociously secular—where men and... More>>
Film
, October 14, 2003
RETURNER Written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki Destination/Samuel Goldwyn, opens October 17 A shamelessly recycled vision of decrepit high... More>>
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