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The Notorious M.A.N.
, June 11, 2002
In addition to the cheerfully unsustainable marketing-as-brainwash theme common to the most vertiginous comedies of the past year (Josie and the... More>>
Material Witnesses Material Witnesses
, June 11, 2002
An itemized casualty list of calamities across multiple nations, The Trials of Henry Kissinger is something of a microcosm of the 2002 Human... More>>
Wandering Spirit
El Gallo's Humor
, June 11, 2002
Not a discouraging political word mars Karim Dridi's Cuba Feliz (Film Forum, through June 18), a minimalist documentary that follows an itinerant... More>>
Let There Be Light Let There Be Light
, June 04, 2002
"Astonish me," Diaghilev ordered Cocteau, and The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) more than fulfills that regal dictum for new art. The first feature to... More>>
Flights of Clancy
, June 04, 2002
The political zinger zone of Tom Clancy might just be the slyest of Pentagon pop-prop delivery systems—righteous naïveté draped... More>>
The Crying Games The Crying Games
, June 04, 2002
For the queer cinephile, each installment of the Lesbian & Gay Film Festival often gives way to frustration and dashed hopes. Can today's gay... More>>
Hollywood Ending
, June 04, 2002
Tolstoy's short novel The Death of Ivan Ilyich, the outcome of an existential crisis that followed the publication of Anna Karenina and all but... More>>
Plastic Fantastic
Bohemian Rhapsodies
, June 04, 2002
One of the most inspired subjects for a metro-retro in years (BAMcinématek, June 7 through 28), Frantisek Vlácil was, with just a... More>>
All This Useful Beauty All This Useful Beauty
Cannes's Director's Fortnight: 'Absolutely Normal Films'
, June 04, 2002
Cannes, France—While the official selection continues to find Great Aged Directors wading in shallow auteurist waters, Cannes's "Director's... More>>
Declining Women
, June 04, 2002
With a couple of the season's bigger box-office bullies safely out of the way, the adult phase of the summer blockbuster cycle commences with... More>>
As Nature Intended
Knife in the Waterfall
, June 04, 2002
Low budget meets high tension in Kaaterskill Falls (at the Pioneer, through June 11), a debut feature by directors Josh Apter and Peter Olsen. A... More>>
Temples of the Familiar Temples of the Familiar
, May 28, 2002
Rarely has Italy's long-moribund movie industry been mired in such adverse circumstances, and—in a nation that recently witnessed its first... More>>
Where the Summer Goes
Shelf Life
, May 28, 2002
Fashioned one frame at a time, animated film is at once obsessive and naturally congenial, and as rediscovered video rarities go, Lotte... More>>
Absent Minded
, May 28, 2002
No film exists of Vaslav Nijinsky dancing. The only records of his brief but astonishing career are a few photographs, eyewitness accounts, and... More>>
Double Jeopardy Double Jeopardy
, May 28, 2002
For yet another movie striving to locate amusement and sentimental solace in the shenanigans of the mentally disabled, the Norwegian soaper... More>>
Canvas Sneaker
, May 28, 2002
Mundus vult decipi: The world likes to be deceived. In The Next Big Thing, PJ Posner's first feature, the New York demimonde credulously embraces... More>>
Heads or Ponytails
Blade, Too
, May 28, 2002
Less a "restored classic" (per press notes) than a playful, scruffy alternative to the fastidiously orchestrated spectacles currently on offer,... More>>
Waking Life Waking Life
, May 28, 2002
In Christopher Münch's The Sleepy Time Gal, a middle-aged woman's cancer diagnosis spurs attempts at resolution and reconciliation. But... More>>
Polanski Wins Top Prize at Cannes
, May 28, 2002
CANNES, FRANCE—At the climax of a competition considered the strongest of recent years, in a ceremony characterized by several unflattering... More>>
Justify Your Existence Justify Your Existence
, May 21, 2002
Subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People," The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde's airiest confection, a bite-sized meringue... More>>
Power Plays
, May 21, 2002
Three films made in Africa complement the 25th-anniversary celebration of DanceAfrica at BAM. Sia, the Dream of the Python and Nelio's Story... More>>
Le Chic by Geek Le Chic by Geek
, May 21, 2002
If Sofia Coppola's ethereal The Virgin Suicides lifted the weight of a burdensome family name off the first-time director, big brother Roman's CQ... More>>
Malcolm in the Muddle
, May 21, 2002
Malcolm McDowell's commanding presence as a sadistic ruffian in A Clockwork Orange and the teen rebel of If . . . established him as a major... More>>
Waiting Games
Requiem for a Dream
, May 21, 2002
The streets of Lima, Peru, are lined with tall buildings. Among the crowds who pass through their doors, how many know that the stones for their... More>>
Political Party Political Party
Waiting for the Big Ones
, May 21, 2002
CANNES, FRANCE—Hollywood ending? Not quite yet. "Thank God the French exist," Woody Allen's character exults when the movie he directed... More>>
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