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, 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>>
In This World In This World
Non-American splendor in a global film series
, November 11, 2003
With the U.S. film industry's stranglehold on the world market, "the least we can do is give a little back," says Susan Weeks Coulter, chairwoman... More>>
Life as a House: Grown-Up Drama Dances About Architecture Life as a House: Grown-Up Drama Dances About Architecture
, November 11, 2003
Decidedly unsensational and appealingly grown-up, Chuck Workman's autumnal character study may be the most sagacious cinematic dancing ever done... More>>
Das Experiment Das Experiment
Austrian directors push boundaries with global documentaries and transmedia translations
, November 11, 2003
As the films of Peter Kubelka, Kurt Kren, and Valie Export attest, Austria has produced some of the finest experimental cinema of the past 50... More>>
Under the Skin Under the Skin
The first cut is the deepest for a French actor-writer-director
, November 11, 2003
"I wanted her to be a virgin in terms of psychological trauma," says Marina de Van of Esther, the self-mutilating character she plays in her... More>>
Black Jesuz
Tupac from Beyond the Grave, in His Own Words
, November 11, 2003
Given its biblical title and MTV origins, this biopic at first looks like an attempt to enshrine murdered (martyred?) hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur... More>>
Ducks Amuck Ducks Amuck
Crazy cartoon logic in a live-action world
, November 11, 2003
In the classic Looney episode "Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century," Daffy Duck journeys to "Planet X"; in Looney Tunes: Back in Action, he... More>>
Film
, November 11, 2003
BETWEEN GENIUS AND UTTER ILLITERACY: THE BEST OF ESTONIAN ANIMATION November 13 through 16, Two Boots Pioneer Theater Estonian animation? Buckle... More>>
The Elfin Man Takes Manhattan, Faces the Wrath of Caan The Elfin Man Takes Manhattan, Faces the Wrath of Caan
, November 04, 2003
In this wan Christmas concoction, lumbering human Buddy (Will Ferrell) leaves the elfin toy-making community that raised him and heads south to... More>>
Chips Off the Old Bloc Chips Off the Old Bloc
A still-kicking Soviet-era film studio produces a Russian ark's worth of iconoclastic style
, November 04, 2003
Established one year before United Artists was incorporated on the opposite side of the globe, and before the other Hollywood studios coalesced... More>>
German Cinema Confronts the Past and Frets Over the Future German Cinema Confronts the Past and Frets Over the Future
, November 04, 2003
The specter of the 20th century hangs heavily over this edition of MOMA's annual series celebrating recent films from Germany, now in its 25th... More>>
Braving the Land of the Free With Rockin' Daddy Steve Earle Braving the Land of the Free With Rockin' Daddy Steve Earle
, November 04, 2003
"You do not want to get stopped in Nashville with me in the car," hard-rockin' daddy Steve Earle warns a driver in his new tour film, Just an... More>>
Holy Trinity Holy Trinity
Secret of the universe swallowed by infernal orange and blue orgone-light tentacle vortex
, November 04, 2003
The revolution in The Matrix Revolutions is more like a devolution—but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Don't go expecting the secret of... More>>
Recall Sequel in Venezuela? Hugo Your Way, We'll Go Ours Recall Sequel in Venezuela? Hugo Your Way, We'll Go Ours
, November 04, 2003
Ripped from the headlines by a fortuitously situated pair of Irish tele-journalists, Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain, The Revolution Will Not... More>>
Film Film
, November 04, 2003
Shot in Black Panther Oakland in the early '70s, the legendary funkadelic independent Afro-centric underground blaxploitation film Space Is the... More>>
Into the Cut Into the Cut
A French triple threat's fearless debut feature reopens wounds and redefines 'skin flick'
, November 04, 2003
About 10 minutes into In My Skin, French actor-writer-director Marina de Van's tour de force of existential and dermatological horror, there's a... More>>
Odd Couplings: Brit Stars Flounder in Singleton Dysfunction Odd Couplings: Brit Stars Flounder in Singleton Dysfunction
, November 04, 2003
No critic likes kicking lapdogs (though many semi-secretly enjoy, as I do, punting the occasional Rhodesian Ridgeback), and Richard Curtis's Love... More>>
Spinal Tap Folk Rock and Boho Philosophy in a Czech Series Spinal Tap Folk Rock and Boho Philosophy in a Czech Series
, November 04, 2003
Cultural introspection is one of the running themes in this year's edition of BAM's New Czech Films series, but a number of selections don't... More>>
Film
, November 04, 2003
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT Directed by John H. Smihula Seventh Art, November 7 through 13, Anthology Regarded by many as a terrorist training camp,... More>>
Film Film
Beautifully shot Bellocchio gems finally see light of day
, October 28, 2003
Henry IV/The Prince of Homburg/The Nanny (Facets DVD) Fresh from yet another New York Film Festival triumph (the Moro-kidnapping psychodrama... More>>
What Lies Beneath What Lies Beneath
Talking improv and introspection with Elephant actors John Robinson and Nathan Tyson
, October 28, 2003
A foredoomed day in the life of an American high school, Elephant (currently in theaters) achieves a cool, unnerving verisimilitude, and credit... More>>
Girlhood, You'll Be a Womanhood Soon: True Survival Tales Girlhood, You'll Be a Womanhood Soon: True Survival Tales
, October 28, 2003
One gets the feeling these days that all the world might be a documentary, and we men and women merely players. Chronicling the stories that slip... More>>
Election-Week Docs Profile Anti-Globalist Cleric, Deliver Civics Lesson Election-Week Docs Profile Anti-Globalist Cleric, Deliver Civics Lesson
, October 28, 2003
When is a flash mob not annoying? When it's accompanying Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping to one of his guerrilla services. In the... More>>
Ring Recycle: A Horror Parody Franchise Gets Its Third Wind Ring Recycle: A Horror Parody Franchise Gets Its Third Wind
, October 28, 2003
Once again setting the mass culture Cuisinart on pulverize, this hugely profitable spoof franchise rebounds nicely from its sophomore misfire,... More>>
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