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Cannes-Cannes Kicks Off
, May 15, 2001
CANNES, FRANCE—Posh and tacky in equal measure, the Cannes Film Festival kicked off its 54th installment last Wednesday night with Moulin... More>>
Contra Iran
Jafar Panahi’s INS Trial
, May 15, 2001
The same weekend Jafar Panahi's The Circle opened in New York, the Iranian director was handcuffed, chained, and thrown into detention—not... More>>
Godard's Newest Masterpiece Godard's Newest Masterpiece
, May 15, 2001
CANNES, FRANCE—Jean-Luc Godard's Éloge de L'Amour screened on the seventh day of Cannes 2001, turning a relatively lackluster and... More>>
Lynch's 'City of Dreams' and More Lynch's 'City of Dreams' and More
, May 15, 2001
CANNES, FRANCE—After a first half that a Hollywood Reporter headline pronounced "d'Or-mant" and an Indiewire report (evoking the title of... More>>
Embarrassment of Riches Embarrassment of Riches
, May 08, 2001
World-class eccentric, anachronistic prima donna, and paragon of blue-blood ridiculousness, Colin Tennant (or, as he no doubt prefers to be... More>>
Rocks Off Rocks Off
, May 08, 2001
The power-pop genre resuscitator and all-around mogul Tsui Hark used to be thought of as Hong Kong's Steven Spielberg. As the man who discovered... More>>
Death of a Sales Ploy Death of a Sales Ploy
, May 08, 2001
Late in 1998, at the height of dotcom hysteria, Kaleil Isaza Tuzman left his job at Goldman Sachs to become the CEO of GovWorks.com, an Internet... More>>
SmackDown
, May 08, 2001
Hot mutton for the Medieval Times crowd and unlikely catalyst for a Chaucer revival, A Knight's Tale is at best harmless, if not quite fun. Heath... More>>
Ice Queen on a Hot Streak Ice Queen on a Hot Streak
Charlotte’s Rampage
, May 08, 2001
"I had to take time off, OK?" Charlotte Rampling coolly hisses to our very first question (Where've you been?), confirming her own off-putting,... More>>
Flails From the Crypt Flails From the Crypt
, May 08, 2001
Proving again that a Dogmatic vow of chastity can lead to a certain purity of hogwash, Kristian Levring's The King Is Alive is endearingly... More>>
Garden 'Hos
, May 08, 2001
Anyone would envy the title character of About Adam his seductive talents and adaptable charm, not to mention his copious free time. The boy's... More>>
Mourning Glory Mourning Glory
, May 01, 2001
Shinji Aoyama's Eureka is a film of rare tenderness and mystery. One might describe it as a mix of John Ford's The Searchers and Akira Kurosawa's... More>>
Model Behavior
, May 01, 2001
Billed as a romantic comedy, The Young Girl and the Monsoon is neither particularly romantic nor especially funny. It is instead a portrait of... More>>
The Land That Time Forgot The Land That Time Forgot
Shinji Aoyama's Natural Ingredients
, May 01, 2001
A hugely empathic study of sorrow and reckoning, Shinji Aoyama's epic Eureka maps the aftermath of a bus hijacking in southwest Japan that leaves... More>>
All Excess
, May 01, 2001
Somewhere between a Sixth Generation soap-opera splurge and a gender-flipped mimeograph of The King and I, Yim Ho's Pavilion of Women starts out... More>>
Money Changes Everything
, May 01, 2001
Layered with politics and philosophy like a rich moussaka, the 17 selections in this festival of new Greek cinema emerge from a land where even... More>>
Tsui Hark’s Planet Hong Kong Tsui Hark’s Planet Hong Kong
That’s Entertainment!
, May 01, 2001
"I don't think I've changed in years," admits Tsui Hark, Hong Kong movie mogul and director of Time and Tide (opening May 11). "Actually, I don't... More>>
Rich & Heinous
, May 01, 2001
Foreshadowed by a swelling inventory of ego collisions, inflationary spirals, executive bloodshed, and release-date equivocations (13 delays over... More>>
Intimate Strangers
The Last Detail
, May 01, 2001
Robert Beavers is so defiantly old school, he's Old World. In an age of cinevisual excess and decentered authority, his films are a clear and... More>>
Speed Freaks Speed Freaks
, April 24, 2001
"Everybody's in showbiz, everybody is a star," sang the Kinks back in the day. One of the key fantasies of the past 150 years has been the... More>>
Mondo Trasho and Desperate Living Mondo Trasho and Desperate Living
, April 24, 2001
The Tom Green Cancer Special was a genuinely startling piece of surreality TV, a gallows parody of disease-of-the-week programs that just... More>>
Forgotten Silver
Shelf Life
, April 24, 2001
Kino! Kino! Kino! as Guy Maddin would say—cinephiles are easy to suss out amid the metaglamour and thrill-seeking that amount to American... More>>
In Briefs
, April 24, 2001
The problem with good intentions is that you know exactly where they lead, and it's rarely to anywhere as interesting as hell. Earnest messages... More>>
Argentina’s Criminal Lovers Argentina’s Criminal Lovers
, April 24, 2001
One of the big discoveries of the Berlin Film Festival was La Ciénaga (The Swamp), the debut feature of the Argentine director Lucretia... More>>
Perfectly Frank
Jamie Thraves’s Shy Fidelity
, April 24, 2001
Director Jamie Thraves sums up his first feature, The Low Down, with one tellingly modest remark: "It's a character study in which the characters... More>>
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