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Collision Courses
, April 16, 2002
Channeling Godard's Week-end after a course of road-rage therapy, Changing Lanes locates its site of redemption on the FDR, amid the bleary... More>>
Park Life
Community Service
, April 16, 2002
More haiku than ballad, Sarah Price's hour-long doc Caesar's Park (opens April 17 at the Pioneer Theater) captures the lyricism in Wisconsin's... More>>
Lost in Nowheresville, U.S.A. Lost in Nowheresville, U.S.A.
, April 09, 2002
Whether of the supernatural or merely twisted-human species, the modern horror film only leaves teeth marks when it bothers to chew over the... More>>
Conduct Unbecoming
, April 09, 2002
Given his track record, it'd seem quarrelsome to accuse Barry Sonnenfeld of harboring any world-historic pretensions. Leave it to world history,... More>>
After the Flood
Awakenings in the Former Yugoslavia
, April 09, 2002
In an Academy Awards ceremony hardly lacking for milestones, one went overlooked amid the glamorous histrionics: Danis Tanovic's No Man's Land,... More>>
Animal Crackers Animal Crackers
, April 09, 2002
Its attitude pitched somewhere between Bulfinch's Mythology and the New York Post's Page Six, The Cat's Meow allows Peter Bogdanovich to revisit... More>>
Seasons in the Sun Seasons in the Sun
Eric Gautier's Rhythm Method
, April 09, 2002
French cinematographer Eric Gautier sums up his professional credo straightforwardly enough: "Never do the same thing twice—it's just too... More>>
Rubble Indemnities Rubble Indemnities
, April 09, 2002
After Germany was divided in 1949, the enfeebled film industries of East and West developed along separate lines. The Walter Reade's copious... More>>
Bands of Outsiders
, April 09, 2002
The democratization of production in the digital age will mean the end of scenes like the climax of Stephen Earnhart's Mule Skinner Blues: Local... More>>
Fortunate Sons
Why the Caged Bird Sings
, April 09, 2002
Now that many of us have grown tired of saying "the full monty" when conveying everythingness—or merely disrobing for the shower—the... More>>
Three Women and an Organ Three Women and an Organ
, April 02, 2002
"When I say that I know women," Thackeray wrote, "I mean that I know that I don't know them." Would that first-time Brit filmmaker John McKay... More>>
A Space Odyssey
The Return of the Thalia
, April 02, 2002
After spending the last 15 years mostly in the dark, the landmark Thalia movie theater will reopen next week with a new name (the Leonard Nimoy... More>>
Diamonds Are Forever
Field of Cream
, April 02, 2002
Less torturous than The Kid but not quite up to Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar standards, John Lee Hancock's baseball melodrama, The Rookie... More>>
Houses of Mirth Houses of Mirth
, April 02, 2002
The epitome of animated anti-cuteness, Tex Avery's Screwball Squirrel was a raucous rodent who began his career by mugging the cartoon's... More>>
Mother Africa's New Breed Mother Africa's New Breed
, April 02, 2002
There are 52 known film versions of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, ranging from DeMille's 1915 patchwork debacle to Preminger's workmanlike... More>>
Beat the Parents
, April 02, 2002
"With this magic title of Paris, a play or review or book is always assured of success," noted Théophile Gautier of 19th-century... More>>
Ace in the Hole
Billy Wilder, 1906–2002
, April 02, 2002
What other Hollywood artisan better endured and represented the tumult and cynical narrative of the 20th century than Billy Wilder? Succumbing... More>>
Prisoners' Songs Prisoners' Songs
, March 26, 2002
The Piano Teacher's study in lurid sexual pathology occasions a tour de force by Isabelle Huppert as the title character—a four-alarm... More>>
Story of a Woman Story of a Woman
Isabelle Huppert's Pressure Points
, March 26, 2002
"There was no real border," Isabelle Huppert says of her new film, The Piano Teacher, "between the movie as we made it and life." Ain't it the... More>>
Occupational Hazards
Laurent Cantet's Work Ethic
, March 26, 2002
Work—most people hate it, but can't live without it. Laurent Cantet makes films about it. The 40-year-old French director explores the way... More>>
What It Feels Like for a Dude
, March 26, 2002
OK men, listen up: Girls got it rough. From leg stubble to heavy menstrual flow to feminism, the ladies have problems galore. Fortunately,... More>>
Captured by the Game Captured by the Game
, March 26, 2002
You are what you do. The phrase can evoke either Stakhanovite zeal or Bartleby despair. Laurent Cantet's Time Out, a smoldering fireball of... More>>
Monsters, Inc.
, March 26, 2002
Returning to pulp territory after The Devil's Backbone, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro cribs from his earlier work in an attempt to breathe... More>>
Bear Market
Worst in Show
, March 26, 2002
You couldn't ask for a more revealing, asinine, appalling portrait of American power at work in the fields of self-justification than the... More>>
Arrested Developments
, March 19, 2002
Apologies for spoiler sporting, but Showtime should come with a disclaimer. Screened for critics on 3-11, the copland farce climaxes when the... More>>
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