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The Commitments The Commitments
A Squawk to Remember
, July 15, 2003
Alex Proyas's Dark City may have scooped The Matrix with its lithe quoting of Metropolis and La Jetée, but unless somebody cut my Ecstasy... More>>
The Latin Beat
Drag Racers and Salty Crooners
, July 15, 2003
As Jimmy Webb once asked, "Where does brown begin?" John Leguizamo (who has yet to agree to my Trini Lopez biopic) might point the way at this... More>>
London Kills Me London Kills Me
Underground Organ Traders and Francophobic Secret Agents
, July 15, 2003
Among the dozens of cabbies canvassing passengers at an airport exit, one pickup line stands out above the rest. "I am here to rescue those who... More>>
Trauma Center
All Over the Map
, July 15, 2003
An omnibus of short films about September 11, rushed into production within months of the attacks and timed to premiere on the one-year... More>>
Film
, July 15, 2003
This Thing of Ours Directed by Danny Provenzano Small Planet, opens July 18, at the Loews State and Village East Taking The Sopranos' "Gangsters... More>>
Katharine Hepburn, 1907-2003 Katharine Hepburn, 1907-2003
Woman of Action
, July 08, 2003
Around 1986, if memory serves, Life magazine ran a filler portrait gallery of Hollywood actresses, a glossy tribute to the female gaze: Elizabeth... More>>
The Mirror and the Lamp
If You're Feeling Sinister
, July 08, 2003
At the close of Rocco and His Brothers, the youngest, Luca, runs his hand along a row of posters touting Rocco's recent boxing triumph, all... More>>
Whiskey and Wry Whiskey and Wry
Finnish Master of the Sardonic
, July 08, 2003
Aki Kaurismäki—Finnish auteur, deadpan provocateur, renowned boozician, last of the red-hot existential modernists—has seen his... More>>
French Maid French Maid
It's Not Easy Being Clean
, July 08, 2003
For someone living in disarray, a housekeeper can provide more than a simple return to order. When the ashtrays are finally emptied, the bed... More>>
Plunder Boys
Booty Is Truth, Truth Booty
, July 08, 2003
"Take what ye can—give nothing back!" declare some scurvy wags in Gore Verbinski's convoluted but diverting Pirates of the Caribbean—a... More>>
The Outside Chance The Outside Chance
Lust for Life
, July 08, 2003
A street-fighting, slum-dwelling male Josephine Baker wannabe, a virginal yeshiva student obsessed with a teenage Ukrainian hooker, a dwarf... More>>
Winged Migration Winged Migration
Angels in the Architecture
, July 08, 2003
As you may have noticed, the much touted '90s "angel craze" is still going strong in the '00s. And venturing beyond Charlie's benign... More>>
No Man's Language
WWII Love in Lapland
, July 08, 2003
A far cry from the proletarian dilapidation on display at BAM's current Aki Kaurismäki retro, the Finland of The Cuckoo practically gleams... More>>
Film
, July 08, 2003
I Capture the Castle Directed by Tim Fywell Samuel Goldwyn, opens July 11, at Chelsea Cinemas and Cinema 2 In medieval England, invaders used to... More>>
Rio Men Have Curves Rio Men Have Curves
Brazil's Working-Class Heroes
, July 01, 2003
Released on the heels of City of God, Karim Aïnouz's first feature, Madame Satã, is likewise a gritty, sweaty slice of history set in... More>>
Behind the Musicals
The Need for Freed
, July 01, 2003
The baffling Oscar triumph of Chicago might represent a flat-footed step toward a broader studio confidence in the musical. But what if the gates... More>>
Monsters Ink
The Reflecting Skin
, July 01, 2003
If it didn't so obviously borrow from other epidermally obsessed movies, namely The Silence of the Lambs and Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book,... More>>
Anarchy Then and Now Anarchy Then and Now
The Revolution Is Televised
, July 01, 2003
So far as mental fireworks go, the Fourth of July weekend is unlikely to offer anything more spectacular than Peter Watkins's masterpiece La... More>>
They're Back They're Back
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sequels?
, July 01, 2003
"The future has not been written . . . " the young narrator solemnly muses at the beginning of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. That's true... More>>
Dive, She Said Dive, She Said
Thicker Than Water
, July 01, 2003
In François Ozon's films—no less than in, say, Virginia Woolf or Tsai Ming-liang—water is a symbol of the ungovernable,... More>>
Arabian Noughts
Sinbad and the Order of the Phoenix
, July 01, 2003
What a difference 45 years makes. In The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), the first film given over to Ray Harryhausen's nightmare menagerie of... More>>
Reich and Wrong
The Pastor's Tools
, June 24, 2003
Controversy continues to swirl around the Christian church's tacit collusion in the crimes of the Holocaust. Now along comes Bonhoeffer, Martin... More>>
Time to Get Ill Time to Get Ill
Afflicted Zombies and Zen Acrobats
, June 24, 2003
To every creatively frozen, summer-movie ice age comes a little heat lightning, and these gray dog days it's Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later. On one... More>>
The Sum of All Fears The Sum of All Fears
Nuclear Brinkmanship, Suicide Attacks, and Driver's-Ed Scares
, June 24, 2003
There's a classroom "education film" included in the automobile-safety compilation Hell's Highway (see below) that boldly telegraphs its intent... More>>
Idol Minds Idol Minds
We Go Together
, June 24, 2003
Like American Idol itself, From Justin to Kelly intends to flout coastal-elite notions of what the breadbasket calls entertainment. With... More>>
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