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Rage Discrimination Rage Discrimination
Schools of Hard Knocks
, April 15, 2003
Few impulses in movie reviewing are stronger than the desire to pat the back of a worthy project. No surprise then that Jennifer Dworkin's... More>>
Making Luck
An Asian American Indie Becomes a Community Cause
, April 15, 2003
A surprise Sundance hit last year and the first acquisition for MTV Films, Justin Lin's Better Luck Tomorrow is a stylish rumination on teen... More>>
Moods For Moderns
Creepy Cisterns and HDTV Virgins
, April 15, 2003
Front-loaded with sunny crowd pleasers, this year's "New Greek Cinema Festival" feels like an implicit rebuke to gloom-meister Theo Angelopoulos,... More>>
Taking Wing Taking Wing
Heights of Achievement
, April 15, 2003
Once upon a time, in a decidedly pre-Dogmatic age, Lars von Trier was an electrifying image-smith, and so it is that the 1987 version of Medea he... More>>
Pow and Zen Pow and Zen
Voguing Punks and Felonious Monks
, April 15, 2003
Sporting a title that could use a few more runs through BabelFish, Katsuhito Ishii's manga-maniacal Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl hits the... More>>
My Mother, Myself My Mother, Myself
Remembrance of Things Past
, April 15, 2003
"It was surprising to me that people saw this as a completely verité experience," says first-time filmmaker Jennifer Dworkin, recounting... More>>
, April 15, 2003
House of 1,000 Corpses Written and directed by Rob Zombie (Lions Gate, in release) Four smart-mouthed college kids stop for gas, visit a creepy... More>>
The Finnish Line The Finnish Line
Dry, With a Twist
, April 08, 2003
The consummate people's drunkard-poet and architect of cosmic blue-collar doldrums, Aki Kaurismäki is also the most sanguine demigod in... More>>
Somewhere in Africa
The Sheltering Sky
, April 08, 2003
With attempts at cross-cultural understanding in short supply, Anthology's weeklong selection of films from cinematically underrepresented... More>>
Beyond The Valley Beyond The Valley
Neutral Territory, Global Voices
, April 08, 2003
Something of an international-cinema manticore—French head, German body, Euro-hobo tail—Swiss film culture has never projected a... More>>
Tell It Slant Tell It Slant
Speaking Spoof to Power
, April 08, 2003
With the exception of his blistering Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (at Film Forum through April 9), Elio Petri's work is barely... More>>
Free Associations
Old-School Rhymin'
, April 08, 2003
Basic banalities of meta-art notwithstanding (and why exactly wouldn't I want to dance about architecture? Why is that more absurd than, say,... More>>
Radical Cheek Radical Cheek
Thinking Outside the Box
, April 08, 2003
"He is a super-American," says dapper young professor Finlay Campbell after Cassius Clay's cocksure, smart-alecky press conference. It's 1964,... More>>
Sororal Fixation Sororal Fixation
The Taste of Others
, April 08, 2003
A scrupulous and impeccably acted account of the fallout from a family secret, Marion Bridge is all the more remarkable considering its genre... More>>
Woo Tang Woo Tang
Faking the Grade
, April 08, 2003
"Roger Ebert stood up in his chair to defend the film when a white guy labeled it an 'immoral' representation of Asian Americans," reads an... More>>
Beautiful Alone
Leslie Cheung, 1956–2003
, April 08, 2003
The suicide of Hong Kong Cantopop star and actor Leslie Cheung seemed like a bad April Fool's joke. That evening, the 46-year-old Cheung, one of... More>>
Film Film
, April 08, 2003
XX/XY Written and directed by Austin Chick (IFC, opens April 11, at the Sunshine) It's 1993, and everybody at Sarah Lawrence is working on their... More>>
Strangers in Paradise Strangers in Paradise
From Prole Rock to President Rock
, April 01, 2003
The Man Without a Past, Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki's celebration of lower-depths esprit, is a deadpan comic romance rendered as a... More>>
Devaluing the Euro Devaluing the Euro
The End of the Affairs
, April 01, 2003
The Good Thief, Neil Jordan's remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's Bob le Flambeur (1955), doesn't quite freedom-fry the Gallic classic, but it's... More>>
Apocalypse . . . How? Apocalypse . . . How?
The Elementary Article
, April 01, 2003
A disaster movie featuring the Golden Gate Bridge gone slack as taffy and a space shuttle in re-entry distress should have viewers tearing out... More>>
Foreign Legion Foreign Legion
Topless Slovenians, Hiccuping Hungarians
, April 01, 2003
The Missing Gun Small-town, stumblebum Chinese cop awakes hungover to find his revolver gone; cue subjective flashbacks and an overwhelmingly... More>>
The Fire Sermon
Sacrificial Write
, April 01, 2003
In the winter of 2001, journalist turned playwright Anne Nelson's The Guys—an autobiographical two-hander about a writer who helps a fire... More>>
In Through the Out Door In Through the Out Door
North Africa's Nomads, Zimbabwe's ZANU, Chad's Children
, April 01, 2003
The lens pans the rippling desert, caressing the rise of the dunes. There are no armored personnel carriers here. Just a dilapidated wagon and... More>>
Bad Lieutenant Bad Lieutenant
The Unusual Suspect
, April 01, 2003
Elio Petri's Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion copped the Best Foreign Film Oscar, was a huge success on its home turf, and inaugurated... More>>
Film Film
, April 01, 2003
Levity Directed by Ed Solomon (Sony Pictures Classics, opens April 4) Sprung from the pen 23 years after a homicidal holdup, Manuel Jordan (Billy... More>>
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