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His Life as a Dog His Life as a Dog
, March 19, 2002
The other day, leaving the cinema, I saw a poster announcing the 20th-anniversary re-release of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and just as I was... More>>
Lux et Veritas Lux et Veritas
, March 19, 2002
More than compensating for last year's lackluster selection, the 31st edition of the Museum of Modern Art-Film Society of Lincoln Center survey,... More>>
Redeem Upon Purchase Redeem Upon Purchase
, March 19, 2002
Terry Zwigoff's Crumb may be the preeminent hagiographic bio-doc, complicating our view of a cultural icon while awakening us to why he deserves... More>>
World Citizen
, March 19, 2002
Joris Ivens died in 1989 at age 90, just as his luminous final film, A Tale of the Wind, was making the rounds. This militant "Flying Dutchman"... More>>
The Last Seductions The Last Seductions
, March 12, 2002
Y Tu Mamá También takes its title from a taunting Mexican dis: "And [I fucked] your mother, too!" That's only one of the oedipal... More>>
Adrift in No Man’s Land Adrift in No Man’s Land
, March 12, 2002
The Israeli-Palestinian crisis is usually regarded as a sociopolitical tar baby, glumly pondered at arm's length. On a clear day, however, what... More>>
Sister My Sister
, March 12, 2002
To a longtime single woman, the prospect of yet another movie about dating must seem as unappealing as the promise of yet another date. It's easy... More>>
Dear Valued Customer
, March 12, 2002
The title is something of a misnomer. Sure there's a mess of crisp greenbacks flaunted (even production-wise—the asphalt sparkles)... More>>
Alfonso Cuarón's Mexican Pie Alfonso Cuarón's Mexican Pie
Globalized Road Trip
, March 12, 2002
A couple of years ago, director Alfonso Cuarón and his brother, the writer Carlos Cuarón, sat in Alfonso's Greenwich Village... More>>
The Atrocity Exhibit
, March 12, 2002
The wars of secession in Yugoslavia initially met with international bemusement not least because media and government agencies alike presented... More>>
Blinded Without Science Blinded Without Science
, March 12, 2002
H.G. Wells invented science fiction by muddying the expansive whimsy of Victorian futurism with fin de siècle dread. His great-grandson's... More>>
Phelps Fag Enabler
If You’re Feeling Minister
, March 12, 2002
"That's a joke, right?" asked a Second Avenue passerby, referring to the people holding signs that read "Thank God for Sept. 11," "God Hates... More>>
Patriot Shame Patriot Shame
, March 05, 2002
Early in We Were Soldiers, gung ho bullethead colonel Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) invokes Custer as a possible paradigm for his situation during the... More>>
They Are the World
, March 05, 2002
If you only have room for one 9-11 video in your time capsule, you could do worse than The Making and Meaning of "We Are Family," a celeb... More>>
All About Their Mothers All About Their Mothers
, March 05, 2002
Last year in France, the knockout success of Amélie and its impish star, Audrey Tautou, had angst-besotted cinephiles wringing their hands... More>>
Thinking Inside the Box Thinking Inside the Box
Test-Tube Babies
, March 05, 2002
The Laramie Project, Sundance 2002's grand opener, won't be coming to a theater near you; nor will Audience Award winner Real Women Have Curves... More>>
Renaissance Man Renaissance Man
Robert Beavers's Spirit of a Vanished Age
, March 05, 2002
Serenely anachronistic, 52-year-old Robert Beavers is a throwback to the heroic age of the old New American Cinema—if not to the high... More>>
Digital Love
The Whitney Stirs a Melting Pot
, March 05, 2002
Among avant-garde cinephiles, the Whitney Biennial's film and video exhibitions hold an importance roughly analogous to Hollywood's Academy... More>>
The Targets Shoot First The Targets Shoot First
, March 05, 2002
Though it hardly stints on low-rent thrills, the ninth installment of the New York Underground Film Festival (curated by Voice contributor Ed... More>>
Trig Your Own Hole
, March 05, 2002
If only the filmmakers of 40 Days and 40 Nights had been more literally formulaic and arrived at their title via mathematical equations, the... More>>
Industry Standard
, March 05, 2002
Though Henry Jaglom's Festival in Cannes unfolds in a Euro-paradise at movie-harvest time, it thankfully goes easy on the reel/real world... More>>
An Actor's Revenge An Actor's Revenge
, February 26, 2002
The French, who have a term for everything, created the useful category film maudit—literally, "cursed film"—to describe those movies... More>>
Creatures of Celluloid and Flicker Creatures of Celluloid and Flicker
, February 26, 2002
There's the kind of movie where a trio of estranged childhood pals rediscover the power of friendship. There's the kind of movie where any car on... More>>
Pleasure and Pain
, February 26, 2002
Long before Jang Sun-Woo's Lies—a comedy of bastinado about lovers who beat pleasure into one another with branches and broom... More>>
The Spirit Level
, February 26, 2002
Survivors of illness often emphasize the redemptive qualities of their ordeals, which as a coping technique is hard to fault. But compressing... More>>
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