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Three Funerals and a Wake
, February 18, 2003
Beginning three times with a funeral, Lawless Heart is the latest in the long procession of movies to borrow Rashomon's prismatic structure.... More>>
Fight Songs
This Music Kills Fascists
, February 18, 2003
At the screening of Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony that I attended in Seattle last year, director Lee Hirsch and producer Sherry... More>>
Wanna Be Like You
The Song's the Thing
, February 18, 2003
Struggling for four years with the kind of label woes that have left Next Big Things from Tsar to Palo Alto floating in industry ether, Bering... More>>
Film
, February 18, 2003
Daredevil Directed by Mark Steven Johnson (20th Century Fox, in release) Blinded as a child, Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) is a lawyer by day and a... More>>
The Searchers The Searchers
The Influence of Anxiety
, February 11, 2003
Harold Rosenberg imagined a work of modern art as an "anxious object," unsure whether it was "a masterpiece or a piece of junk." Gus Van Sant's... More>>
Sex Is Comedy Sex Is Comedy
Rotterdam Bends to Conquer
, February 11, 2003
ROTTERDAM—Fitting for an affair as resolutely dirty-minded as the 2003 International Film Festival Rotterdam, this year's centerpiece found... More>>
Southern Exposure
Cinematographer Tim Orr Strikes Gold
, February 11, 2003
"If you told me four years ago that we'd be making a film with Terrence Malick, I'd say you were crazy," says cinematographer Tim Orr, who in... More>>
Stalk Options
Freaks Like Them
, February 11, 2003
The grueling endurance test of your given romantic comedy boils down to a keening Seinfeldian cry: Who are these people?! These smug sociopathic... More>>
Different Strokes Different Strokes
Wine, Women, and Wong
, February 11, 2003
"Without a drink and a woman, I can't hold a brush," insists the legendary Korean painter and de facto patriot Ohwon, a dipsomaniacal genius... More>>
Sacred Grove
Into the Vaults
, February 11, 2003
Avant-gardists have traditionally controlled all aspects of cinematic creation: shooting, sound, editing, even processing and projection,... More>>
Film
, February 11, 2003
Pantaleón y Las Visitadoras Directed by Francisco Lombardi (Venevision, opens February 14, at Village East) Seemingly intended to... More>>
Our Old Friend
From Rent Boys to Weathergirls
, February 04, 2003
Lately upgraded from grungy indie stalwart to Oscar-baiting Hollywoodian, Gus Van Sant promises a return to austerity with his upcoming,... More>>
The Color of Paradise
Turn Back the Clock
, February 04, 2003
Vincente Minnelli's bright vision illuminates every frame of his elegant and civilized musicals. But his career was by no means restricted to the... More>>
Spook Easy Spook Easy
The Langley Burbs and the Latin Diaspora
, February 04, 2003
A rather insular spook procedural that hardly ever leaves the Langley suburbs, The Recruit weighs in like a porous brick of recycled... More>>
The Bachelorettes
World Enough and Time
, February 04, 2003
Any chick flick worth its serviceability rating needs a strong sense of urgency. The central hookup has to glimmer on the horizon, spark up a... More>>
Unnatural Selection Unnatural Selection
Evaluating a Movie Lover's Chances of Survival at a Topsy-Turvy Sundance
, February 04, 2003
PARK CITY, UTAH—For the movie lover—as opposed to the buyer, the seller, the sponsor, the flack, the star, or the... More>>
The Big Chill The Big Chill
Brats and Boomers Dominate Sundance Docs
, February 04, 2003
PARK CITY, UTAH—Albeit a reliable essential to veteran substance-seekers at Sundance, the fest's documentary lineup is never totally immune... More>>
Film
, February 04, 2003
Zus & Zo Directed by Paula van der Oest (Lifesize, opens February 7, at the Quad) Holland's entry for this year's foreign film Oscar is a... More>>
Homeward Bound Homeward Bound
Futile Dispatches and Illusory Havens
, January 28, 2003
The French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut invented the term "Imaginary Jew" to characterize those who, like himself, were born after World War... More>>
Being There Being There
Bartas's Lithuanian Pain and Gilliam's Rain in Spain
, January 28, 2003
A voice from the frontier of both post-post-industrial civilization and art-film reductionism, Lithuanian filmmaker Sarunas Bartas may be the... More>>
Mother Load
Evolution Girl Style
, January 28, 2003
The endless round of hectic obligations that often accompanies middle-class urban life serves at least one essential function—leaving little... More>>
Excavating the Invisible Excavating the Invisible
Recollection as Reclamation
, January 28, 2003
One of the first and most lasting impressions of Stanley Nelson's documentaries is that the pageantry, faces, and forms in his stills,... More>>
Sell it on the Mountain Sell it on the Mountain
Risky Business at Sundance 2003
, January 28, 2003
Park City, Utah—Dealmaking at the Sundance Film Festival is an annual pastime in Park City, right up there with skiing, star-gazing, and... More>>
Film
, January 28, 2003
Darkness Falls Directed by Jonathan Liebesman Columbia, in release This is undoubtedly the first horror film to portray the Tooth Fairy (yeah,... More>>
The No Men The No Men
French Tough Guys and Russian Expressionists
, January 21, 2003
Being an immigrant import, the gangster is hardly an all-American phenomenon—except as defined by movies. He evolved from the silent... More>>
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