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Scatter Shots
, November 20, 2001
If it initially seems lacking in veteran auteurs—no Mambety, Sissoko, Sembene, Chahine, or Van Peebles, not even retrospectively—the... More>>
Directors Without Borders
Afghanistan's Shock Corridor
, November 20, 2001
The current news coverage of Afghanistan has suffered from a virtual absence of native voices, and while film distributors have picked up Iran's... More>>
Slack Magic Slack Magic
, November 13, 2001
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is less a $120 million movie than an expensive, elaborately planned military operation. Caution is the... More>>
The Skin of Their Teeth The Skin of Their Teeth
, November 13, 2001
Double indemnity this week: A pair of well-off but compromised working guys—anesthetized by daily routine against looming midlife crisis... More>>
All in the Stars
, November 13, 2001
A distinctive and restless force in European cinema for more than 35 years, the Taviani brothers mastered an eloquent stylistic bridge between... More>>
Wish You Were Queer Wish You Were Queer
, November 13, 2001
The Fluffer, an oddly coy peek into the workings of the gay adult-film industry, opens with a knowingly porn-like twist of fate. Fresh-faced... More>>
Requiem Suite
Marc Forster’s Symphonies of Sorrow
, November 13, 2001
In Marc Forster's Everything Put Together, a 2000 Sundance entry that's just been released, the crib death of a newborn exposes the fissures in... More>>
Jersey Snore
, November 13, 2001
Despite its title, The Simian Line is not about human evolution—it refers to a rare combined head-and-heart line in the palm. In Linda... More>>
Whispers in the Dark Whispers in the Dark
, November 13, 2001
Mary Pickford once remarked that it was a shame sound film hadn't come first and silent movies later. Her observation will appeal to those who... More>>
Celestial Events Celestial Events
, November 06, 2001
From The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari through the Andy Warhol factory to the various para-cinematic performances included in the current "Shadow Play"... More>>
Lost in the House of Games Lost in the House of Games
, November 06, 2001
A seminal vernacular demiurge in his stagecraft, David Mamet has tended toward a sort of hard-boiled mushiness in his films. Oleanna is an... More>>
The Stranger
, November 06, 2001
Racial profiling has gone from municipal scourge to Justice Department imperative in the last couple months, and the events behind Otomo are a... More>>
Bygone Conclusions
, November 06, 2001
Old-fashioned in good ways and bad, playwright Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's uneven King of the Jungle harkens back to an era when movies weren't afraid... More>>
In Sickness and in Stealth In Sickness and in Stealth
, November 06, 2001
Racked with cold sweats and panic attacks, Marc Forster's digital-video feature Everything Put Together is at once venturesome and reductive. Its... More>>
Declarations of Martial Awe
, November 06, 2001
The One reduces Nietzschean eternal recurrence to a mere 124 coexisting universes (the "multiverse"), all of them apparently consisting of L.A.... More>>
Toy Stories Toy Stories
, October 30, 2001
There's a case to be made that the two poles of fin de siècle commercial movies are dehumanized live-action cartoons and their supposed... More>>
Hookers, Panthers, Dragons, Tigers
, October 30, 2001
Identity confusion—both national and psychic—dominated this year's Vancouver International Film Festival. In Saafa Fathy's absorbing... More>>
Truth and Reconciliation Truth and Reconciliation
Orthodox Eyes on ‘G-d’
, October 30, 2001
On a recent Saturday night at a Hasidic home in Brooklyn, a mother of 10 children ushered her guests past a dining room lined with leather-bound... More>>
Lyrical Gangbang
, October 30, 2001
Buppie backlash cast as revenger's tragedy, Bones situates a writhing, viscous City of the Dead in a blasted ghetto so anonymous it must be... More>>
Where the Mild Things Are
, October 30, 2001
Adept smugglers of neurotic subtexts, children's narratives can be notoriously subversive (as Alison Lurie's Don't Tell the Grown-Ups points... More>>
Casualties of Global War
, October 30, 2001
Timeliness is of the essence, and the 25th annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival has got it to spare. No doubt the biggest draw in this... More>>
Berlin Babylon
, October 30, 2001
There is no expiration date for dread. Fritz Lang died in 1976, but the work of this most perennially modern of directors is of uncanny... More>>
God Save the Queens
, October 30, 2001
Sassy, sappy, and warm as November in L.A., the super-mellow comedy Punks is propelled by writer-director Patrik-Ian Polk's impressive desire to... More>>
Uncertainty Principles
, October 30, 2001
If Richard Linklater's Waking Life emulates the syllogistic flow of a philosophy term paper cranked out during a chemically abetted all-nighter,... More>>
Mark Rylance’s Body Language
Intimate Stranger
, October 23, 2001
Mark Rylance unwittingly auditioned for the lead role in Patrice Chéreau's Intimacy—as a bartender who leaves his wife and sons for a... More>>
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