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ITVS Turns 10
, July 03, 2001
You'd think the Independent Television Service (ITVS) would be universally adored by filmmakers. Now 10 years old, it's got significant cash and... More>>
Home Bodies
Shelf Life
, July 03, 2001
The summer-event spilth being upon us, it's time to vaunt the last few months' richer video releases and thus recall how home entertainment... More>>
Test Tube
Thinking Outside the Box
, July 03, 2001
Culled from 300 programs produced by the Independent Television Service over the past 10 years, the 30-odd titles in MOMA's "Shaking Up the Box:... More>>
The Mommy Returns The Mommy Returns
, June 26, 2001
Fairy tales can come true. Spielberg the historian is in remission; Steven the regressive has returned, with a vengeance. An occasionally... More>>
Repeat Offenders
, June 26, 2001
The public-relations pitch for Mathieu Kassovitz's grisly policier The Crimson Rivers is "Seven meets The Silence of the Lambs," and once these... More>>
Tsai Ming-liang Opens the Floodgates Tsai Ming-liang Opens the Floodgates
, June 26, 2001
Balancing reticence with boundless compassion, despondency with deadpan absurdity, debilitating inertia with a visceral urge for escape, Tsai... More>>
Pomona Queen
, June 26, 2001
A lecherous gothic fairy tale with a bona fide cult following, Richard Blackburn's 1973 Lemora, Lady Dracula is the latest bit of pulp ephemera... More>>
Webbed Feat
, June 26, 2001
"A fag and a commie in a jail cell"—so a studio memo described Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), a "marketing nightmare." Rejected by... More>>
Southern Comforts, Northern Songs Southern Comforts, Northern Songs
, June 26, 2001
John Singleton's Baby Boy is pretty much a mess, but it also has a couple of long stretches that are extremely daring in that they reveal black... More>>
Gay Trippers
, June 26, 2001
Though far from radical—it's hardly a commercial or artistic risk to present a sad, pretty boy as an object of contemplation—Come... More>>
Night and the Cities Night and the Cities
, June 19, 2001
Hong Kong action flicks aside, the most sustained cult-movie enthusiasm of the past two decades has been for Japanese animation. Although it's... More>>
Driven to Perfection Driven to Perfection
Art & Industry
, June 19, 2001
Haitian director Raoul Peck says Lumumba proves to him that "you can make a mainstream film without compromising your political ideas." The Best... More>>
Far and Away
, June 19, 2001
The movie camera defies gravity in Himalaya, an action picture with yaks set 12,000 feet above sea level. French documentarian Eric Valli, an... More>>
Robot Speaks: Warning Warning Robot Speaks: Warning Warning
, June 19, 2001
As deliberately dazed and confused as Run Lola Run was mechanical crash-and-burn, Tom Tykwer's The Princess and the Warrior may represent an... More>>
That Obscure ‘Object’
Not Your Average Joe
, June 19, 2001
Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul likes to say that Mysterious Object at Noon is really about "nothing at all." So much for documentarians... More>>
School Crossing
Tough Assignments
, June 19, 2001
"I hate cotton," declares Laura Lee Wallace, the resilient 62-year-old matriarch in the documentary LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (Quad, June... More>>
Multiple Choice
A Scene Grows in Brooklyn
, June 19, 2001
After BAM Rose Cinemas brought the Lincoln Plaza art-house model to Fort Greene two years ago and Regal Cinemas erected a 12-screen eyesore on... More>>
The Celluloid Casa
, June 19, 2001
While Hollywood's awkward gaze distorts Latinos in films like Blow (Colombian cokefiend melodrama) and All the Pretty Horses (filthy-Mexican-jail... More>>
Worse Lieutenant
, June 19, 2001
Social parody need not employ grotesque excess, but that is the route director Tim Ritter and his disgruntled band of B-movie thespians have... More>>
Time on Our Hands Time on Our Hands
, June 12, 2001
A month away from his 80th birthday, French filmmaker Chris Marker is the Janus of world cinema—as open to the future as he is fixated on... More>>
Barbarians at the Gate Barbarians at the Gate
, June 12, 2001
Like a middle-aged tomcat come in from the cold, Gary "Gal" Dove (Ray Winstone), a former London gangster now retired to the Spanish seaside,... More>>
The Waterboy
, June 12, 2001
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the death of Ignatius Donnelly, the Populist congressman who single-handedly resurrected the... More>>
Culture Vultures Home to Roost Culture Vultures Home to Roost
, June 12, 2001
Earnest, anemic, and ham-handed, Maggie Greenwald's new period drama, Songcatcher, occupies interesting territory: Appalachia circa 1907,... More>>
Be My Quest
, June 12, 2001
Not the animated cat's big-screen debut the title implies, Adventures of Felix is instead a wafer-thin, sweetly sentimental picaresque with... More>>
Island Captive
, June 12, 2001
"How can the machete compete with the machine?" asks one of the many eloquent farmers in Life and Debt. After 25 years of IMF and World Bank... More>>
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