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, January 06, 2004
Showing this week at the annual New York Jewish Film Festival, this video documentary double bill might be termed "Maccabees of Aesthetic... More>>
Staged Fright Staged Fright
Dial E for Experiment: Hitch crafts a master's maze in his sole foray into 3-D filmmaking
, December 30, 2003
Alfred Hitchcock's only excursion into 3-D, Dial M for Murder stars Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, and a bilge green ceramic lamp. Since the film has... More>>
Where the Boys Are Where the Boys Are
Girl talk with Lord of the Rings screenwriter Philippa Boyens
, December 30, 2003
Yeah, I was one of those geeks," says Philippa Boyens, the member of the Lord of the Rings screenwriting troika who most often braves Tolkien... More>>
Film Film
, December 30, 2003
Films based on the likes of Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy have become Hollywood staples, but clever geeks are crafting their own movies out of... More>>
Goodbye Youth, Goodbye Goodbye Youth, Goodbye
In a city of sadness, tomorrow becomes today as the techno beat goes on and on and on
, December 30, 2003
Likely the world's most revered director—atleast in the land of cinephilia—Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien plunges headlong into gaga... More>>
Toni Collette Lips Her Stocking in a Culture-Clash Road Movie Toni Collette Lips Her Stocking in a Culture-Clash Road Movie
, December 30, 2003
Japanese Story might be as accurately titled The Toni Collette Movie. The Australian actress (an Oscar nominee for her role as Haley Joel... More>>
Film Film
, December 30, 2003
The unknown gem in the Walter Reade's ambitious sci-fi show, Avalon is a "live-action" feature by anime maestro Mamoru Oshii—acquired by... More>>
Rocket the Casbah Rocket the Casbah
Louder than a bomb: A '60s masterpiece of agitprop returns with a newfound relevance
, December 30, 2003
This past August, as both Iraqi and "coalition" cadavers piled up in post-"victory" insurgency fighting, the Pentagon's Special Operations and... More>>
Verdict on Aileen Sequel: The Execution Left a Lot To Be Desired Verdict on Aileen Sequel: The Execution Left a Lot To Be Desired
, December 30, 2003
On the day the state of Florida executed high-way-prostitute-turned-murderer Aileen Wuornos in October 2002, a crescent of death-watch reporters... More>>
Tracking Shots Tracking Shots
, December 30, 2003
The high points of the Dance on Camera Festival are again shaping up to be documentaries, extended looks at artists and communities that let us... More>>
All About Yves All About Yves
A new look: Saint Laurent, in two biographical yarns, reveals his unique elements of style
, December 30, 2003
At three years old, he told his aunt he didn't like the dress she was wearing; at 21, he took over the house of Dior. Yves Saint Laurent, enfant... More>>
Screen for Help Screen for Help
Independents' day: a big victory over some bigger studios
, December 30, 2003
The recent "screener ban" court case—which pitted a consortium of indie plaintiffs against the Motion Picture Association of America... More>>
Back to Nature: A Sjostrom Retrospective Shows the Master in His Elements Back to Nature: A Sjostrom Retrospective Shows the Master in His Elements
, December 30, 2003
Victor Sjostrom, the father figure of Swedish cinema, was already a well-known stage actor when he began directing movies in 1912. Although he... More>>
Blown Away by Aileen Blown Away by Aileen
Broomfield takes a second shot at figuring out a serial killer
, December 30, 2003
Nick Broomfield hasn't yet seen the movie Monster when we meet for coffee in mid December, and looking a bit spent though Morrissey-dandy in his... More>>
Theory of Flight Theory of Flight
No bad songs, no cross-dressing, no Robin Williams: A never-ending story finally takes off
, December 23, 2003
Uniquely jacked into a ripe sense of antique-nursery Victoriana and buzzing with a pre-adolescent metaphoric charge, J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan is a... More>>
Tough Guys Shouldn't Dance: Altman Ballet Sprains Ankle Tough Guys Shouldn't Dance: Altman Ballet Sprains Ankle
, December 23, 2003
Looking ahead to his 79th birthday, Robert Altman has been plugging away on movie sets, manufacturing adroit classics, odious train wrecks,... More>>
Jump Cuts Jump Cuts
A dance critic's take on The Company
, December 23, 2003
What happens when you give male filmmakers access to a ballet company? Within the first two minutes you're likely to see bare tit, and The... More>>
Civil Inaction Civil Inaction
Ain't no Mountain high enough to keep the American patient from his lonely Southern belle
, December 23, 2003
Made to be nominated, Cold Mountain has asignal advantage over its four likely Oscar rivals (Master and Commander, The Last Samurai, The Return... More>>
A Chaplin classic sounds off on Hollywood dream factory
, December 23, 2003
The title alone would mark Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times as a period piece. In fact, Chaplin's most elaborate feature was anachronistic even in... More>>
, December 23, 2003
Modern Times is the headline attraction in this set, which also contains new digital transfers of Chaplin's most famous silent feature, The Gold... More>>
The Butcher Girl The Butcher Girl
White trash + lesbian + prostitute + serial killer = Oscar?
, December 23, 2003
Back in 1999 when the press dismissed Charlize Theron as merely "arm candy" for Third Eye Blind's frontman, the starlet's rocker ex indignantly... More>>
Tracking Shots
, December 23, 2003
Small-time gridiron coach Steve Martin and aspiring-writer homemaker Bonnie Hunt preside over a biblically big brood of 12, all but one of whom... More>>
Philip K. Paycheck Philip K. Paycheck
His brain erased, Affleck is just made to be a Dick hero; Woo adds pulp to the sci-fracas
, December 23, 2003
The law of diminishing returns appears to have caught up with Hollywood's Philip K. Dick infatuation. The man was a literary workhorse, so it's... More>>
Yesterday's Tomorrows: Futures From Sci-Fi's Past 35 Years Yesterday's Tomorrows: Futures From Sci-Fi's Past 35 Years
, December 23, 2003
Of course, we all know that science fiction—or speculative fiction, as in, fiction-of-what's-coming—is actually about the here-and-now,... More>>
Night Of The Living Dads: Belgian Kids Face The Domestic Divorce Horror Night Of The Living Dads: Belgian Kids Face The Domestic Divorce Horror
, December 23, 2003
Children, conceived in an instant of passion, are often (and tragically) the most intimate witnesses to the death of the love that spawned them.... More>>
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