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Michael Atkinson's Top 10
, December 26, 2000
However many times you hear it, the song remains the same: It's been the piss-poorest year for movies since 1929, and even the masterpieces... More>>
Jessica Winter's Top 10
, December 26, 2000
The guiding emotion in the year's best films was despair—and that's not meant as a reflection of what was, by and large, a lackluster 2000.... More>>
Negative Space
Flashback: The Year in Movies
, December 26, 2000
This was the worst year in the 85-year history of Hollywood. —Gerald Peary Frankly, I prefer a year where you mention a title and get a... More>>
Mensch Warmers
, December 19, 2000
Another midlife-crisis seizure courtesy of the spawning tribe of teary-eyed, silk-suited daddies who occupy the hills of Santa Monica, Brett... More>>
The Emancipation Proclamations The Emancipation Proclamations
, December 19, 2000
Swapping the wanton excesses of the 1980s New York art world for the puritanical confines of the Castro regime, Julian Schnabel continues to... More>>
Day for Naught
, December 19, 2000
With State and Main, David Mamet has, against all odds, made a movie about moviemaking that bears not a trace of either cinephilia or intentional... More>>
100 Years of Solitude 100 Years of Solitude
, December 19, 2000
The stylized silhouette of doomed soubrette Lily Bart emerges from the steam cloud produced by a train just about to leave the station: From its... More>>
Boys Will Be Boys (Sometimes Women) Boys Will Be Boys (Sometimes Women)
, December 19, 2000
All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy's elegiac novel about the loss of the West and the end of youth, has been adapted with respect and even... More>>
The Heat Is Off
, December 19, 2000
Although its Hays Code sanitizing is mitigated somewhat by the glorious extravagances of 1950s cinema (it's a Technicolor, 3-D star vehicle with... More>>
Stone Cold Warriors Stone Cold Warriors
, December 12, 2000
Galloping into the holiday season with a cloud of dust and a hearty "Hi-yo, Silver," Thirteen Days evokes a thrilling yesteryear of beehive... More>>
That Old Slack Magic That Old Slack Magic
, December 12, 2000
Lasse Hallström's Chocolat shares with the director's previous Miramax Oscar cause—the sheepish, unwittingly contradictory pro-choice... More>>
Ken Jacobs's Primal Dreams
The Influence of Anxiety
, December 12, 2000
Ken Jacobs was not born yesterday. For over 40 years he has been jump-starting rebellious energies at the cinematic fringes as a filmmaker,... More>>
Frost Bites
, December 12, 2000
However seductive the pulp-cinematic mechanics of mountain-climbing misadventures might be, it's a genre that really has only one destination... More>>
Gus Van Sant’s Conventional Wisdom Gus Van Sant’s Conventional Wisdom
Sticking to His Hired Guns
, December 12, 2000
As generic as a Christmas tree, Finding Forrester would be pretty disposable if it were not decorated with taste and tenderness by Gus Van Sant.... More>>
Tales from Tativille
, December 12, 2000
Mr. Hulot was Jacques Tati's most famous creation. A tall, silent figure in a smashed hat and crumpled raincoat, a polite witness to all modern... More>>
Captive Audience
, December 12, 2000
Prison dramas, as any Oz fan can tell you, are typically more concerned with the physics of bloodspray than with the inner lives of their... More>>
In the Company of Everymen In the Company of Everymen
, December 05, 2000
Spring Forward exemplifies what American indies—so often pie-eyed with genre hypercoolness, egomania, and fatuous ambition—should be... More>>
Desolation Angels
, December 05, 2000
"On the white line, no one can knock me over," says a boy panhandling in the midst of oncoming Johannesburg traffic. The scalding Hillbrow Kids... More>>
Scout Camp
, December 05, 2000
The gay shorts profitably anthologized by Strand every few years have largely avoided formal and thematic risks in favor of quippy, frothy... More>>
It’s Spaining Men
, December 05, 2000
The diversity and perversity that have become the hallmarks of post-Franco cinema are still much in evidence in this year's Spanish program at... More>>
Twist of Fado
, December 05, 2000
Having so far devoted four projects to singer Amália Rodrigues, ranging from a 1990 concert film to a five-part television documentary,... More>>
Fear of Flying Fear of Flying
, December 05, 2000
Although hardly a connoisseur of Chinese martial arts movies, I count among my most delirious cinematic experiences a Berlin Film Festival... More>>
Seize and Resist Seize and Resist
, November 28, 2000
The AIDS activist revolution—if not always televised—was at least video-recorded. The Guggenheim's "Fever in the Archive" showcases... More>>
The First Days of Disco The First Days of Disco
, November 28, 2000
A Hard Day's Night, rereleased this week at Film Forum, is hardly a great film. But as the movie that first projected the Beatles as something... More>>
Landscapes With Alienated Figures Landscapes With Alienated Figures
, November 28, 2000
If Michael Snow's 1967 landmark avant-garde film Wavelength is like a Hitchcock movie with the narrative pared away so that only the suspense... More>>
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