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Cooper Union
Shelf Life
, January 08, 2002
I feel it's possibly true that there are aliens on earth, and they work in television. —David Lynch Strange as it may seem that ABC wasted... More>>
The Boy Who Cried Wolf The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Vincent Cassel Lets His Hair Down
, January 08, 2002
Vincent Cassel, soon to be howling his way through the French martial-arts costume drama Brotherhood of the Wolf (opening January 11), has been... More>>
Mann Handled
, January 08, 2002
Andrea Weiss and Wieland Speck's Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story (Quad, opens January 11) chronicles the careers of Thomas Mann's... More>>
Citizen Park
, January 08, 2002
He took the presentation, which was like that thick, plopped it in front of me, and said, Leaf through it. . . . It was just like, This is the... More>>
The Connections The Connections
Perchance to Screen
, January 01, 2002
Year's end found Jonathan Franzen's third novel and Wes Anderson's third film occupying the same cultural space, yoked by some overlapping themes... More>>
Director's Cut Director's Cut
, January 01, 2002
Biopics about directors are a relatively late-blooming phenomenon—starting more or less with 1992's enervating Chaplin—because there's... More>>
Veteran Players, New Teams Veteran Players, New Teams
Company Flow
, January 01, 2002
"Film is one of the last bastions of entrepreneurial endeavor, and it's always reinventing itself in difficult times," says veteran producer Ed... More>>
The Anniversary Party
, January 01, 2002
It's easy to sympathize with repertory programmers: 52 weeks of screen time every year, and only so many international cinemas and revivable... More>>
Conquest of the Air Conquest of the Air
, December 25, 2001
Represented in recent years by films including The English Patient, The End of the Affair, and Pearl Harbor, the World War II-era love triangle... More>>
Sawdust and Tinsel
, December 25, 2001
The most influential Swedish filmmaker of the silent period was born in Finland of Russian-Jewish parentage. When Moshe Stiller was drafted into... More>>
The Sorrow and the P. Diddy The Sorrow and the P. Diddy
, December 25, 2001
As headlong wallows in hatred and degradation go, Marc Forster's Monster's Ball self-consciously outgrunges the year in American film, but the... More>>
Fight Songs Fight Songs
, December 25, 2001
Now that the western is no longer with us, there are three basic modes with which Hollywood represents history. The first is the Great Man... More>>
To the Manor Born To the Manor Born
, December 25, 2001
After some 30-odd years and almost as many features, Robert Altman finally gets around to fashioning a loving repro of his Rosetta stone with... More>>
Plastic Fantastic Plastic Fantastic
, December 18, 2001
"Much that once was is lost" is the poignant opening phrase in Peter Jackson's long-awaited, mega-million-dollar production of Lord of the Rings:... More>>
Keep the Home Fires Burning Keep the Home Fires Burning
, December 18, 2001
Lasse Hallström has warbled the Academy fight song for Miramax three Decembers running now, and The Shipping News is, in most respects,... More>>
The Rules of the Game The Rules of the Game
, December 18, 2001
Helplessly drawn to the spectacle of tragic genius yet routinely thwarted by its abstract dimensions, the Hollywood inspirational biopic has over... More>>
Space Odyssey
Michael Mann’s Vision Quest
, December 18, 2001
Of A-list journeymen directors, Michael Mann is a unique specimen with a disarming record of electrifying perfectly mundane... More>>
Look Homeward, Angel Look Homeward, Angel
, December 11, 2001
The Royal Tenenbaums may not be the movie of the year, but it is a seasonal gift to us all. Sweet and funny, doggedly oddball if bordering... More>>
The Color of Paradise The Color of Paradise
, December 11, 2001
Writing in this publication in 1963, Jonas Mekas broke from his usual poetic polemics for the New American Cinema to praise the rough loveliness... More>>
Final Approach
Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Covert Operations
, December 11, 2001
The conditions surrounding the making, and now the U.S. release, of Kandahar are as saddening as those depicted in the film. Mohsen Makhmalbaf's... More>>
The Tall B
Budd Boetticher, 1916–2001
, December 11, 2001
The last of the red-hot, golden-age Hollywood genre buckaroos, Budd Boetticher, who died November 29 at the age of 85, represented a... More>>
Icon See Clearly Now Icon See Clearly Now
, December 11, 2001
There comes a moment in every massively popular movie star's trajectory when his or her movies become expositions on the fermented psychology of... More>>
Synchronized Drowning
, December 11, 2001
In Lantana, Ray Lawrence's fastidious diagram of inert lives and impacted relationships, Sydney is for all intents and purposes an outer circle... More>>
That Puerto Rican Swing That Puerto Rican Swing
If They Could Be Like Mikey...
, December 11, 2001
It seems everyone has a Mikey story. For me, it was the time I met him in 1985 at Neither/Nor, a seedy East 6th Street club in what used to be... More>>
Flirting With Disaster
, December 11, 2001
Serious Spanish cinema may be said to begin with the films of Luis Berlanga and Juan Bardem, who trained together at film school, codirected a... More>>
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