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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>>
Scanners
, 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>>
Final Fantasy Final Fantasy
Conclusions of grandeur: Peter Jackson's opus hobbitus goes out in a blaze of digital glory
, December 16, 2003
The most hallucinatory of war films, The Return of the King concludes the Lord of the Rings trilogy with a burst of smoky grandeur. As our... More>>
A '60s Mr. Death Explains the Calculus of Military Slaughter A '60s Mr. Death Explains the Calculus of Military Slaughter
, December 16, 2003
In a year distinguished by many strong documentaries, none feels more important than The Fog of War. Indeed, Errol Morris's new essay, a/k/a... More>>
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>>
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