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Formal Attire Formal Attire
Minimalist Journeys and Maximum Overdrive
, March 04, 2003
It's been a century since the violent, fast-moving pulse-pounder The Great Train Robbery left the nickelodeon audience agog. To their credit,... More>>
Hero Worship
Berlin's Personae Non Gratae
, March 04, 2003
BERLIN—Bookended by Colin Powell's warmongering UN speech and peacenik marches on Tiergarten Park's Siegessaule, the 10-day 53rd Berlin Film... More>>
Pardon Our French Pardon Our French
Housekeepers, Bullfighters, Demonlovers
, March 04, 2003
As Francophobia runs rampant through our streets, salons, and media, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual series proves yet again that... More>>
Coma Chameleons Coma Chameleons
Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere
, March 04, 2003
There's something uneven about A.M. Homes's short-story collection The Safety of Objects. The miniaturist glimpses of dysfunction have the... More>>
A Question of Time A Question of Time
Even Children Get Older
, March 04, 2003
As befits a competition enjoying its 10th season, 2003's New York Underground Film Festival has been programmed with keen, if perhaps... More>>
Raising Cain
Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down
, March 04, 2003
A well-tumbled jade of thriller triple-crosses and noirish iconography, Hideo Nakata's Chaos lacks the subterranean frisson of his Ring cycle but... More>>
The China Syndrome
The State of the State
, March 04, 2003
While the Chinese underground is as fertile a cine-incubator as any in the world today, state-sanctioned product from the mainland gets little... More>>
Film Film
, March 04, 2003
Cradle 2 the Grave Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak (Warner Bros., in release) DMX's Tony Fait is a bedside-praying, kid-hugging,... More>>
Sound and Fury Sound and Fury
In Search of Safe Havens
, February 25, 2003
Spider, the brilliant, disturbing new movie by David Cronenberg, opens as though it were a Lumière flick, an objective documentary, full... More>>
Blow By Blow Blow By Blow
The Devil in the Details
, February 25, 2003
A near perfect manifestation of radical, DIY media intervention, the video doc Horns and Halos could not be more timely—just as we hunker... More>>
The Pallor of Money The Pallor of Money
Music of the Spheres
, February 25, 2003
Hawking its genre clichés as if they were newly minted aperçus, Poolhall Junkies is low-grade billiard porn that earnestly believes... More>>
Maid in Tel Aviv
Love, Labor, Loss
, February 25, 2003
Though Israel's tiny territory is crammed with journalists and filmmakers, few find anything new to say about that complex nation's deep... More>>
Dead Souls Dead Souls
Italian Horror's Scream King
, February 25, 2003
Mario Bava revealed himself as a master of funereal lyricism with Black Sunday (1960), his directorial debut. A breakthrough film for Bava and... More>>
Schoolhouse Rot
P.S. Your Frat Is Dead
, February 25, 2003
A flatland of lowest-common-denominated retro-collegiate wackiness, Old School is interesting only to the degree that this sort of ostensible... More>>
The Imperfect Storm The Imperfect Storm
Fox and His Muse: Fassbinder Star Hanna Schygulla Revealed
, February 25, 2003
The most iconic actor in the Rainer Werner Fassbinder company, Hanna Schygulla appeared in more than a dozen of the late German director's films.... More>>
The Dow Is Up The Dow Is Up
Reading Stones, Gathering Mossman
, February 18, 2003
Of all the well-spoken bookmen (and they are all, indeed, men) who populate Mark Moskowitz's documentary Stone Reader (now at Film Forum), none... More>>
Elegance Is Bliss Elegance Is Bliss
Old Hollywood's Mr. Practicality
, February 18, 2003
The most uncomplicated of classic Hollywood directors, Allan Dwan was also the most prolific. No one knows exactly how many films he made during... More>>
Trauma Centers Trauma Centers
Let Their Freak Flags Fly
, February 18, 2003
Just as Lars Von Trier foresaw in his epic-passional manner, the Dogme trendlet is making movies safe for soap opera again. Which sounds like the... More>>
Homeland Insecurity
Fear and Loathing on the Border
, February 18, 2003
In Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore posits that Americans shoot each other with unrivaled frequency due to a hair-trigger culture of fear,... More>>
Dead Man Gawking
Dull Heads Among Windy Spaces
, February 18, 2003
Those on the left still irked by Michael Moore's oafishly immodest case for gun control—wait till you see Alan Parker and Kevin Spacey... More>>
Partial Refractions
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>>
, 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>>
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