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Big Baby Jesus
, April 03, 2001
IMAX conjures those 19th-century panorama shows so popular before cinema itself, creeping canvases whose "brutal and enormous magic" offered up... More>>
Social Aspirations Social Aspirations
, April 03, 2001
As the most adroitly entertaining public service announcement Hollywood could possibly wish for, Traffic should have been the big Oscar winner.... More>>
Middling Hybrids and Horrible Men
, April 03, 2001
Like fusion cuisine, the budding genre of fusion movies relies heavily on presentation. A period piece set in Beijing at the beginning of the... More>>
Score Cards
, April 03, 2001
April is shaping up as movie-music month, with a MOMA retro of films scored by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and a wide-ranging "Composing for Film"... More>>
The Choices They Made
, April 03, 2001
Barnett Slepian wasn't the first American doctor killed for the anti-abortion cause, but his murder in October 1998 did signal a ghastly point of... More>>
Please Sleaze Me
Further Exploits
, April 03, 2001
With immoral majorities running the country, the present seems a perfect time to relish yesteryear's schlock cinema. There's a pure juvenile (or... More>>
Sound Investitures Sound Investitures
, March 27, 2001
Here's a pull quote for you: The Tailor of Panama, directed by John Boorman from the John le Carré bestseller, is not nearly the shoddy... More>>
You Can't Go Home Again You Can't Go Home Again
, March 27, 2001
BEFORE THE STORM A pair of moral dilemmas overlap and dovetail in this muted melodrama by director Reza Parsa (born in Iran, now a Swedish... More>>
The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime
, March 27, 2001
With the sugar-smacked, thoroughly groovy Spy Kids, Robert Rodriguez proves he understands things about children's entertainment that have been... More>>
Family Trees
, March 27, 2001
Fascinating combination of hippie dreamer and determined pragmatist, Julia Butterfly Hill became an unlikely celebrity when she clambered 180... More>>
Satan Tango
, March 27, 2001
An icon of persecution and an object of longing, the shtetl has undergone a small revival in recent European cinema. Simon Magus, an ambitious... More>>
Pulp Nonfiction
'Amores Perros' Leads a Mexican Revival
, March 27, 2001
"Ten years ago this was a peaceful city," says director Alejandro González Iñárritu about Mexico City, the exhilaratingly... More>>
Naked Lunch
, March 27, 2001
About seven years ago, the now 80-year-old Tobias Schneebaum was persuaded by novice brother-sister filmmakers David and Laurie Gwen Shapiro to... More>>
Occupational Hazards Occupational Hazards
, March 20, 2001
You walk into a movie nobody's ever heard of, from a country that never seems to appear on an airline map, and hey—it's something good! Now... More>>
Have Weaponry, Will Travel Have Weaponry, Will Travel
, March 20, 2001
Departing under duress, Berlin Film Festival director Moritz de Hadeln chose for his final opening night a film guaranteed to offend his mostly... More>>
Bipolar Ex
, March 20, 2001
Sometime in the last 10 years, the spiked punch of Hollywood romantic banter fermented into throat-scouring moonshine. In teen flicks lately,... More>>
Children of the Revolution Children of the Revolution
, March 20, 2001
Commonly referred to as one of the world's most conspicuous film cultures, Iranian cinema actually has a good shot at being the most significant... More>>
Outsider Providence
, March 20, 2001
Among the second generation of postwar Italian filmmakers who came to prominence during the '60s, none has proven more idiosyncratic than Ermanno... More>>
Over the Moon Down Under Over the Moon Down Under
, March 13, 2001
A silk-stitched Aussie softball that suggests an insecure nation plagued with longing for global consequence, The Dish plays like a promotional... More>>
Desert Roses
African Film Comes of Age
, March 13, 2001
Among the best surprises of the 17th edition of the Festival of Pan-African Cinema in Ouagadougou (FESPACO) was a mini-barrage of films... More>>
Pioneer Trails
Projectionists Picket Two Boots Theater
, March 13, 2001
Moviegoers arriving at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater for some recent screenings have been treated to a preview available nowhere else in the... More>>
All the Girls of Their Age All the Girls of Their Age
, March 13, 2001
Unless you're a cop or a hit man, movies seldom give more than a wink and a nod to your line of employment. TV adds doctors, lawyers, and... More>>
Dumb and Dumber
, March 13, 2001
Less genuinely disturbed than developmentally arrested, the latest "Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation" omnibus (early champion of... More>>
Trade-Offs Trade-Offs
, March 13, 2001
Timed for a potential Traffic Oscars sweep or as ammunition for a Steven Soderbergh backlash, the MT&R's screening of Traffik serves the cause of... More>>
Persistence of Memory Persistence of Memory
, March 13, 2001
Memento takes the sensation of waking up in a strange bed beside a complete stranger and totalizes it. The movie is part Alice in Wonderland mind... More>>
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