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Acts of Faith Acts of Faith
, January 07, 2003
All hail the single-minded artist in the grip of a rigorous idea—a method that carries the promise of self-abnegation and the threat of... More>>
Search and Rescue Search and Rescue
, January 07, 2003
Jewish history can seem like one long case of multiple personality disorder, the story of a people riven by diaspora and the conflicting demands... More>>
One Step Beyond
, January 07, 2003
Though dance film has improved exponentially in recent years, due in part to ever smaller, ever cheaper equipment, there's still the problem... More>>
Misery Guts
, January 07, 2003
A tangible chill runs through Fred Kelemen's Frost (1997), his magnificently miserable existential epic. Set during a sunless Christmastime in a... More>>
Monsters' Pall
, January 07, 2003
The latest entry in a prolific Japanese video, manga, television, and movie series involving "patlabor" (short for "patrol labor") police robots,... More>>
Necessary Roughness Necessary Roughness
, January 07, 2003
A mournful tale of compassion in a cold climate, The Slaughter Rule is set in a bumfuck town on the endless Montana plains, where whiskey brawls... More>>
Bargains in Blood
, January 07, 2003
Last year was unusually bountiful for home-video completists, even if several of the most historically significant titles that made it to disc... More>>
The Dead Zones
, January 07, 2003
Night of the Living Dead (1968) came out of nowhere, or to be more precise, Pittsburgh, and turned into the most influential horror film since... More>>
The Mourning After The Mourning After
, December 31, 2002
Could a 50-year-old Japanese film about a dying codger be the best film playing in New York this month? Nobody wants to sound like a... More>>
My Son the Oscar Contender My Son the Oscar Contender
The Amazing Adrien's Grand Illusions
, December 31, 2002
The applause went on and on for 20 minutes. It was a glittery audience, typical for a Cannes premiere. The actors and producers of The Pianist... More>>
Don’t Dub It In Don’t Dub It In
, December 31, 2002
In lieu of press screenings, Miramax's muted publicity campaign for Pinocchio set Roberto Benigni loose on The Tonight Show, where the cloying... More>>
Things Fall Apart
, December 31, 2002
Like Turner and Constable, Andy Goldsworthy could be termed a British nature artist. But unlike his forebears, Goldsworthy has made his chosen... More>>
Portraits of the Artist Portraits of the Artist
, December 24, 2002
Roman Polanski's world is predicated on violent absurdity, and in the first few moments of his new movie, The Pianist, war breaks out with... More>>
Modesty Blaze Modesty Blaze
Philip Seymour Hoffman Out of Character
, December 24, 2002
One of a rare hybrid breed that might be termed Star Character Actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman has, in the space of just a few years, amassed an... More>>
Bliss and Blarney
, December 24, 2002
In Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, James Stewart, contemplating suicide, sees the world as it would have been had he not been born. The... More>>
This Is Your Life This Is Your Life
, December 24, 2002
A Sartrean "impossible history," the Charlie Kaufman-scripted Confessions of a Dangerous Mind hits the meta-movie paradigm running. The avowed... More>>
Working Weak
, December 24, 2002
Along with Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Billy Wilder's 1960 Oscar-sweeper The Apartment elevates the workplace romance... More>>
The Good Son The Good Son
, December 24, 2002
Charles Dickens's third full-fledged novel once occasioned a Royal Shakespeare Company production that ran nine and a half hours long, owing not... More>>
Dances With Woolf Dances With Woolf
, December 24, 2002
If Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer-winning novel The Hours pulled off the quietest of daredevil stunts, maintaining a precarious composure as it... More>>
, December 24, 2002
In Shifting Sands Directed by Scott Ritter (Five Rivers, opens December 27, at the Quad) The UN's former chief weapons inspector in Iraq, Scott... More>>
Sales Pitches Sales Pitches
, December 17, 2002
A four-figure, amphetamanic, self-styled calling-card movie, Joe Carnahan's 1999 directorial debut, Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane, couldn't help... More>>
Trading Spaces Trading Spaces
, December 17, 2002
The woman behind me at Maid in Manhattan lamented having seen too many serious movies lately. "I am ready for some pure entertainment." She... More>>
Save the Last Trance Save the Last Trance
Lynne Ramsay's Callar I.D.
, December 17, 2002
LONDON—As fragmentary, elusive, and brilliantly hued as a kaleidoscope's pattern, Lynne Ramsay's Morvern Callar is a hypnotic tone poem on... More>>
Psychedelic Blurs Psychedelic Blurs
, December 17, 2002
Though nowadays "psychedelia" conjures seedy visions of black-light velvet posters, gnarly wizard-shaped bongs, and totally rad screen savers,... More>>
Vice City Vice City
, December 17, 2002
Arriving a year late and saddled with abundant backstory, Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York is finally slouching into Bethlehem,... More>>
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