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Tempting Fate
, February 06, 2001
As if to answer the introverted, prevaricating psychodramatics of his debut, Sunday, Jonathan Nossiter has assembled his new film, Signs &... More>>
Amazed and Confused at Sundance Amazed and Confused at Sundance
Troubled Buyers and True Believers
, February 06, 2001
Contrary to rumors, American independent film is not dead, although if most distributors had their way, it would be. As one astonishing film... More>>
Migrating Forms
, February 06, 2001
The move from village to city has become a leitmotiv of the past century, as traditional cultures struggle to keep pace with modernity and urban... More>>
Unheavenly Creatures
, February 06, 2001
The best film in "2001: A New Zealand Film Odyssey" is nothing new. The short Kitchen Sink, which played the festival circuit in 1989, was Jesus'... More>>
High Lonesome High Lonesome
, January 30, 2001
Wong Kar-wai may be the most fetishized—as well as the most fetishizing—of contemporary filmmakers, and with In the Mood for Love he... More>>
Summer Thrills, Winter Chills Summer Thrills, Winter Chills
, January 30, 2001
Forgoing the fairy-tale uplift commonly associated with horny coming-of-age/coming-out fumblings, Nico and Dani acquires resonance through... More>>
Drive, He Said
Auto Da Fé
, January 30, 2001
The crash—be it in a car, train, plane, or less popular mode of high-speed, high-risk transport—is one of cinema's basic visual... More>>
Where the Streets Have No Shame Where the Streets Have No Shame
, January 30, 2001
Confirming how severely decades of fame and wealth will alienate artists from the culture they used to have a hand in creating, Wim Wenders's The... More>>
Animal Factory
, January 30, 2001
Even the best movies for children tend to mire themselves in syrupy homilies during the last reel, but the New York International Children's Film... More>>
Bride for Your Sins
, January 30, 2001
Astringently chaste and morbidly fixated on marriage as inexorable endgame for the white and affluent, The Wedding Planner achieves the dubious... More>>
Wreckage and Reckonings Wreckage and Reckonings
, January 23, 2001
Ingmar Bergman stopped making movies 17 years ago, but then again, he didn't. His epic autobiographical/dynastic script project, which has been... More>>
The Worm Turns
, January 23, 2001
Federico Fellini called his adaptation of Satyricon an exercise in "autodestruction," a burning bridge leading out of the hall of funhouse... More>>
Blind Ambition
, January 23, 2001
"I'm making a film. I'm taking it to Sundance, and I know it's going to win. How hard can it be? Everyone's doing it these days." When John... More>>
Free Radicals and Long Divisions Free Radicals and Long Divisions
Border Patrol
, January 23, 2001
"It comes down to a barbecue," says Volker Schlöndorff, director of The Legend of Rita, about a West German terrorist who goes underground... More>>
Global Wetting
, January 23, 2001
As a born-too-late generational lament, The Invisible Circus seldom gets beyond canned nostalgia and exhausted signifiers; as a coming-of-age... More>>
Sexual Reference
, January 23, 2001
Though he's no Jean Baudrillard, writer-director Neil Turitz understands the viral nature of quoting movies, television, and disco giants. His... More>>
Fables of Reconstruction Fables of Reconstruction
, January 23, 2001
Crucible of the short 20th century, the native ground for displaced persons, rootless cosmopolitans, and revolutionaries of various persuasions,... More>>
Miscarried Justice; Jejune Miscreants Miscarried Justice; Jejune Miscreants
, January 16, 2001
In the ongoing saga of race and American injustice, there are few episodes as horrifying as that of the "Scottsboro boys." Barak Goodman and... More>>
Waking the Dread Waking the Dread
, January 16, 2001
Panic is a movie that plays against its title. Henry Bromell's feature does not lack for action, but its real subject is stasis. If it weren't so... More>>
Quit Playing Games With My Hard Drive
, January 16, 2001
It could be argued that a multimillion-dollar Hollywood movie lacks the moral authority to take a megacorporation to task for stealing ideas,... More>>
Preaching to the Converted Preaching to the Converted
Do the Left Thing
, January 16, 2001
Politics and film—paradoxical yet inevitable bedfellows caught in a hapless tail-chase of opinion humping and moral panic. Few were... More>>
Split Persona
Liv Ullmann’s Cries and Whispers
, January 16, 2001
"When I was younger, I used to say, I can't do any more movies with him," Liv Ullmann recalls of her long relationship with Ingmar Bergman.... More>>
Catholic Block
, January 16, 2001
Elevated by one genuinely sweet and quirky scene between fathers and daughters at a ballet recital, Anne DeSalvo's first feature, The Amati... More>>
Mopey Dicks and Boogie Nights Mopey Dicks and Boogie Nights
, January 09, 2001
Guaranteed to provoke Lacanian scholars and porn connoisseurs (not always distinct categories), the documentary Wadd: The Life and Times of John... More>>
Bomba Away
, January 09, 2001
English, Dutch, and Canadian government agencies lead the way in nurturing collaborations between filmmakers and choreographers, if "Dance on... More>>
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