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Tracking Shots Tracking Shots
, December 16, 2003
Expanded from his student short, Jonathan Kesselman's first feature conflates two particular Jewish American mindsets—the longing for a... More>>
Different for Girls Different for Girls
Chick flicks flip the script: Julia does a Robin and Yorkshire's finest go the full mumsy
, December 16, 2003
On the roster of holiday heart-swellers, this week brings a pair of distaff variations on pre-tested formulae: one a girls'-own Dead Poets... More>>
Letter-Imperfect Melodrama Just Can't Push the Envelope Letter-Imperfect Melodrama Just Can't Push the Envelope
, December 16, 2003
It took him 30 years to pay it off and it took me eight months to fuck it up," sighs Kathy Nicolo (Jennifer Connelly), in re House of Sand and... More>>
The Lap Dance Is Free, but Only If You Pay for the Dud Date Movie The Lap Dance Is Free, but Only If You Pay for the Dud Date Movie
, December 16, 2003
Even in the teen-flick "Sweet Valley" of 1987, there were few places outside John Hughes's brain where paying somebody to be your girl didn't... More>>
Lost and Found Lost and Found
Thinking outside the box: Cornell's found-footage curios
, December 16, 2003
Joseph Cornell disavowed associations between his filmmaking and his cryptic curio-cabinet boxes, but the Queens homebody- artist expressed... More>>
Tracking Shot
, December 16, 2003
Attempting to fulfill his late son's last wish, lonely widower Julien (Michel Serrault) goes hunting for the Isabella butterfly, a notoriously... More>>
To Have and To Hold On To To Have and To Hold On To
The year's most essential, best, all-time super-duper boxed DVD sets—bar almost none
, December 16, 2003
ALIEN QUADRILOGY 20th Century Fox Call it the most anguished, symbolically loaded, and Dantean science fiction movie project of all time, just... More>>
Real-Life DVD Consumer Guide Real-Life DVD Consumer Guide
, December 16, 2003
Even the nastiest cineaste on your holiday shopping list can be won over by the right DVD; your job is to find it. In the spirit of our annual... More>>
Light Motifs Light Motifs
Blonde venus, blue angel: Applying a last touch of lipstick to a sultry creature of illusion
, December 09, 2003
The Shanghai Gesture bears a singular credit: "Directed by Josef von Sternberg, A.S.C." For many years, Sternberg was the only director to have... More>>
My Goal Or Your Goal? Documenting the Biased Docmaker My Goal Or Your Goal? Documenting the Biased Docmaker
, December 09, 2003
At the close of this war-embedded, reality-TV-crazed year, holiday shoppers are snapping up unprecedented scads of consumer-end devices for... More>>
Tracking Shot Tracking Shot
, December 09, 2003
As dancer Honey Daniels, Jessica Alba drops gerundial g's, looks after the waifs of abusive families, and flings herself about with such military... More>>
Father Knows Less Father Knows Less
An almost grown-up Tim Burton buys a pack of Spielbergian lies—hook, line, and stinker
, December 09, 2003
"When the truth becomes legend, print the legend" is the advice a sage newspaper editor offers to wrap up John Ford's essay in American... More>>
Muse It Or Lose It: Dutch Treat Inspires Vermeer Masterpiece Muse It Or Lose It: Dutch Treat Inspires Vermeer Masterpiece
, December 09, 2003
A more agreeable, less inflated historical fantasy than Big Fish (see above), Girl With a Pearl Earring signals its interest in what Fernand... More>>
Tracking Shots Tracking Shots
, December 09, 2003
Two rarely shown movies shed additional light on the enigmatic personality of that one-man Soviet new wave, Boris Barnet (1902-1965). By the... More>>
Unplugged Unplugged
Light comedy at its darkest: An energy crisis illuminated
, December 09, 2003
Maybe most video journalism is so logy because of all the gear TV crews lug around just to capture brainless soundbites. Manhattanite Paul... More>>
Tracking Shot
, December 09, 2003
Written by The Pianist's Ronald Harwood, from a novel by the late, great Brian Moore, The Statement comes with a hoity-toity high-fiction... More>>
Connect the Dolts Connect the Dolts
Of human bondage: The Farrelly brothers attempt incredible two-headed genre transplant
, December 09, 2003
Is there a name for what the Farrelly brothers do? Poker-faced genre pastiche, Helen Keller-joke snottiness, absurdist sentimentality, whatever:... More>>
As Bad As It Gets: What Women Want Panderer Helps The Aged As Bad As It Gets: What Women Want Panderer Helps The Aged
, December 09, 2003
Few contemporary names send more of a succubine chill down the discerning filmgoer's spine than Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, Father of the... More>>
Six Degrees of Separation in Three Frames Of Disjunction Six Degrees of Separation in Three Frames Of Disjunction
, December 09, 2003
Trendier than ever (or at least easier to actualize, thanks to advances in digital shooting and editing), the split-screen device often retains... More>>
Bond of Outsiders Bond of Outsiders
Jewish teen steals groceries and learns folk wisdom from Sufi shopkeeper in 1960s Paris
, December 02, 2003
France's long-standing "Jewish problem" is intertwined with its more recent "Muslim problem"—a fast-growing Arab and Islamic minority that... More>>
Law Disorder
A young Argentine director's 'good cop, bad cop' routine
, December 02, 2003
One of the brightest talents of the new Argentine cinema, director Pablo Trapero charts one cop's indoctrination into a world of duplicity in his... More>>
The Trip to Dreadful: Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Grubstakers The Trip to Dreadful: Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Grubstakers
, December 02, 2003
A living demonstration of Sundance priorities, the ultra-indie Special Jury Prize winner What Alice Found has a shaky grip on interesting raw... More>>
The Pain in Spain The Pain in Spain
Civil war and remembrance dominate annual series, along with liars, cheats, and killers
, December 02, 2003
The 12th annual "Spanish Cinema Now" series confirms once again what earlier installments had already established: Spanish cinema still can't get... More>>
If I Could Turn Back Time: Crichton Warp Is Déjà Vu All Over If I Could Turn Back Time: Crichton Warp Is Déjà Vu All Over
, December 02, 2003
Cynics mutter that Master and Commander sullies Patrick O'Brian's source by changing the flags of the menacing Acheron from Stars and Stripes to... More>>
Bigger and Glossier, New Bollywood Megahits Show More Skin Bigger and Glossier, New Bollywood Megahits Show More Skin
, December 02, 2003
Bollywood's new slew of homegrown musical blockbusters have recently played an industry-morale-boosting game of cost one-upmanship: Records for... More>>
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