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Computer Love Computer Love
, August 27, 2002
Once upon a time, motion pictures were theorized as a technology of truth, 24 frames per second. But as movies lose their basis in photographed... More>>
Into the Snow Zone
The Shape of Things to Come
, August 27, 2002
Putting forth any interpretation of Michael Snow's trippy *Corpus Callosum may be useless, since the filmmaker himself speaks about it so... More>>
Model Service
You Say He's Just a Friend
, August 27, 2002
Elizabeth Hurley's had more than her share of tabloid-splashed real-life spurnings, so hell if she's gonna break down in front of a camera over a... More>>
Wait Until Dark Wait Until Dark
, August 27, 2002
"I like the dark," purrs moonfaced Simone Simon in Jacques Tourneur's Cat People (1942), her continental lilt toying lightly with each English... More>>
Hystorical Fiction
, August 27, 2002
You'd think that medieval costume dramas might be as obsolete as leech-bleeding after the postmod dressing-down exacted by Roberto Rossellini and... More>>
Subcontinental Drift
, August 27, 2002
If Lagaan—the only Bollywood film to receive a noteworthy stateside release—wasn't enough to spark a rash of imports, then Agni Varsha... More>>
Ace in the Hole Ace in the Hole
, August 20, 2002
An utterly bewitching atrocity, the notorious Korean nitro-flask The Isle makes a deceptively meditative first impression. A gorgeously... More>>
Kiss of the Vampire Slayer
Shelf Life
, August 20, 2002
My So-Called Life, the greatest show ever, knew three indivisible things about adolescence. One, the wonder years are a checklist of inevitable... More>>
The Tummy Returns
Hide and Seek
, August 20, 2002
Great belly dancers are often women of a certain age, far removed from nymphlike ideals of beauty. Their proud displays of ample hips and bosoms,... More>>
Artificially Preserved Artificially Preserved
, August 20, 2002
The comic books of my childhood used to employ the written sound effect "Glorch!" to signify a violent lump in the throat. There's a kindred form... More>>
Somebody's Watching Me Somebody's Watching Me
, August 20, 2002
"There are plots against people, aren't there?" Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) asks in Rosemary's Baby, one of six films in the Pioneer's first... More>>
Shock Waves
, August 20, 2002
Father-son tussles have dominated this season's blockbusters, from Road to Perdition to Signs to Austin Powers in Goldmember, and the theme now... More>>
Family Viewing
Child's Play
, August 20, 2002
Oppressive, if familiar, family values reign in the Middle America of Little Secrets (Samuel Goldwyn, opens August 23). Blair Treu's adolescent... More>>
Literary Agents Literary Agents
, August 13, 2002
"It is possible for a writer to make, or remake at least, for a reader, the primary pleasures of eating, or drinking, or looking on, or sex,"... More>>
Leaps of Bliss Leaps of Bliss
, August 13, 2002
Two years into the country's export thaw, we're seeing more releases out of South Korea than even Hong Kong and Taiwan, and the proliferation... More>>
Captive Markets
, August 13, 2002
Toward the end of Super 8 Stories, Emir Kusturica's profile of the Balkan gypsy-punk band No Smoking, the vocalist sings, "Video killed the rock... More>>
Bigger They Come
Meriwether Report
, August 13, 2002
No need to bet your bottom Sacagawea dollar on it: Given that Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West (at the Loews IMAX) was produced by National... More>>
Simple Twists of Fate Simple Twists of Fate
, August 13, 2002
Like the Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont fairy tale on which it's based, Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast (1946) bluntly celebrates a love... More>>
Involuntary Commitment
The Bound and the Fury
, August 13, 2002
A kind of hair-pulling paesano version of St. Elmo's Fire (or Beautiful Girls), writer-director Gabriele Muccino's The Last Kiss (ThinkFilm,... More>>
Food of Love
, August 13, 2002
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well," Virginia Woolf famously remarked. Directors of food films—from... More>>
Dreams Never End Dreams Never End
, August 06, 2002
Crammed with pop ephemera and apocrypha, Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People filters the mad sprawl of a musical Valhalla (Manchester,... More>>
Modest Proposals
The 'Urbanworld Film Festival'
, August 06, 2002
With potential crowd-pleasers like Biggie & Tupac and Drumline topping the bill, this year's Urbanworld Film Festival (through August 11 at Loews... More>>
Hungry Hearts Hungry Hearts
, August 06, 2002
"Madame Bovary c'est moi," her creator, Gustave Flaubert, is supposed to have said. To which Jennifer Aniston can now add, "Me too." The Good... More>>
Enter the King Enter the King
Manoel de Oliveira's Magic and Loss
, August 06, 2002
At 93, the Portuguese auteur Manoel de Oliveira is the only working director who began his career in silent cinema. He remembers his youthful... More>>
Naked Ambition
, August 06, 2002
Asia Argento's Scarlet Diva is not what you'd expect of a writing-directing debut by an internationally adored movie starlet, but it's exactly... More>>
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