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Redemption is a Sucker's Fantasy in a Fatalistic Neo-Noir Potboiler Redemption is a Sucker's Fantasy in a Fatalistic Neo-Noir Potboiler
, March 16, 2004
The urgency with which doomed junkie writer Donald Goines pumped out his remorseless crime novels once prompted the comment that he "wrote... More>>
Mass Mentality: Cinematic Resonance Imaging
, March 16, 2004
While you relax and watch a movie, your brain furiously digests a complex AV rush. A close-up of a face might activate a part of the brain known... More>>
Film Film
, March 16, 2004
MAYOR OF THE SUNSET STRIP Written and directed by George Hickenlooper First Look, opens April 2, Angelika The subject of George Hickenlooper's... More>>
Jersey Snore: J. and Not Silent Enough Ben Strike Out—Again Jersey Snore: J. and Not Silent Enough Ben Strike Out—Again
, March 16, 2004
L'affaire Bennifer gets one last airing in Jersey Girl's interminable backstory, told through the eyes of the doomed duo's seven-year-old... More>>
Eraserheads Eraserheads
An affair to misremember: Gondry and Kaufman reinvent the amnesiac romantic comedy
, March 09, 2004
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a title that evaporates from your consciousness almost before it's apprehended—and that's partially... More>>
Young's flag-waving anti-Bushism achieves ragged glory Young's flag-waving anti-Bushism achieves ragged glory
, March 09, 2004
A bargain-basement musical extravaganza directed by Neil Young under his nom de wobble Bernard Shakey, Greendale is the season's least expected... More>>
Tracking Shot Tracking Shot
, March 09, 2004
Pearl Gluck was born into the insular world of Hasidic Brooklyn. As recounted in her film Divan, she escaped—thanks to the "miracle" of her... More>>
Answers to the World's Hardest Movie Quiz
, March 09, 2004
"Many men are stored full of unused knowledge," once wrote Henry Ward Beecher. "Like loaded guns that are never fired off, they are stuffed with... More>>
Mind the Gap Mind the Gap
Moving images at the Whitney reflect the art world's slow embrace of experimental film
, March 09, 2004
Although the Whitney Biennial is one of the few major art events committed to showcasing cinema, its film and video programming plays a curiously... More>>
Despite Star's Best Efforts, Corny Thriller Goes off the Depp End Despite Star's Best Efforts, Corny Thriller Goes off the Depp End
, March 09, 2004
Trailing Bacardi breath and mascara stains, Johnny Depp's gloriously dandyish buccaneer in Pirates of the Caribbean alerted the moviegoing masses... More>>
Tracking Shot Tracking Shot
, March 09, 2004
Capping an Anthology retro this week, San Francisco's Jon Moritsugu has entered the autumn—the Rocktober?—of his nihilism. In the new... More>>
A Merry War A Merry War
French collaborationist farce drowns in decor
, March 09, 2004
For the French, few events elicit a greater sense of collective shame than the country's 1940 capitulation to Nazi Germany, an event that... More>>
Northern Exposure Northern Exposure
Albino antihero makes an impractical bid for freedom in a low-key Icelandic slacker drama
, March 09, 2004
Nói strands a low-melanin antihero in a stark, ends-of-the-earth setting to evoke a near hallucinatory sense of white-on-white... More>>
Italian Master Marco Bellocchio Raises His Fists to the System Italian Master Marco Bellocchio Raises His Fists to the System
, March 09, 2004
Steadily productive, fascinatingly erratic, Marco Bellocchio couples a Buñuelian scorn for bourgeois ritual with a Wiseman-like attraction... More>>
Grime and Punishment: Irish Thriller Takes a Bathroom Break Grime and Punishment: Irish Thriller Takes a Bathroom Break
, March 09, 2004
There are still a few trainspotters left on the platform, to judge by Intermission, which sometimes attempts a working-class Irish rendition of... More>>
Film
, March 09, 2004
AGENT CODY BANKS: DESTINATION LONDON Directed by Kevin Allen MGM, in release After the Spy Kids franchise, Catch That Kid, and the first Agent... More>>
Horse platitudes: Rings king Viggo returns in colonial epic Horse platitudes: Rings king Viggo returns in colonial epic
, March 02, 2004
Pauline Kael called the western an inherently "hypocritical form." Indeed, traditional westerns tend to mythologize a past that contradicts the... More>>
Only Disconnect Only Disconnect
Lives converge but never intersect in an Istanbul of secular alienation and artistic angst
, March 02, 2004
Distant, the third feature by the 45-year-old Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, is a movie of quiet revelations that is itself quite... More>>
An unwilling guardian angel tends to a harried Haifa clan An unwilling guardian angel tends to a harried Haifa clan
, March 02, 2004
An auspicious debut by Israeli director Nir Bergman, Broken Wings makes scant reference to Israel's social problems and none at all to the... More>>
Tracking Shot Tracking Shot
, March 02, 2004
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, Lone Scherfig's English-language follow-up to her international Dogme success Italian for Beginners, released here... More>>
Obscure Objets of Desire Obscure Objets of Desire
Apocalyptic misanthropy and bourgeois adultery at an annual French film showcase
, March 02, 2004
What does it mean for the state of cinema when an 81-year-old auteur's screen version of a 1920s operetta seems the freshest work in a program... More>>
Sub-Masters Sub-Masters
San Francisco cult auteurs keep the outsider fires burning
, March 02, 2004
Legendary San Francisco champions of DIY cinema as the ultimate form of mind-blowing, budget-busting, kick-assing cultural resistance, Craig... More>>
Film Film
, March 02, 2004
The 900-pound gorilla of new wave-age DVD-box events, this eight-disc set starts with the Polish maestro's astonishing one-two pulverizing of... More>>
Notes From The Underground Notes From The Underground
Life during wartime: dyke boot camp, bloodthirsty punk nihilism, and flip-offs to G-Dub
, March 02, 2004
Last March indeed came in like a liar and went out like a sham. With the city's anti-war protests peaking, the New York Underground Film Festival... More>>
Mamet conjures a worst-case scenario for the Bush twins Mamet conjures a worst-case scenario for the Bush twins
, March 02, 2004
With Spartan, David Mamet takes on the digi-tech, hard-Clancy-core intel thriller most often inflated by Tony Scott and like-minded plodders, and... More>>
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