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Multiplication Fable
, February 27, 2001
The protagonist of Andrucha Waddington's unassuming dramedy Me You Them is the mother of all earth mothers. Serene yet horny, hardworking and... More>>
Bad Trips and Borrowed Trash Bad Trips and Borrowed Trash
, February 27, 2001
A self-adrenalizing, self-destructing pop-culture whirligig, Henry Selick's Monkeybone is no more centered or reasoned in its abuse of pulp than... More>>
Better than Chocolat
, February 27, 2001
Patrice Leconte's The Widow of St. Pierre divides its time between storybook romance and progressive pamphleteering. Leconte has of late become a... More>>
The Devolution will be Televised The Devolution will be Televised
, February 27, 2001
The script for Daniel Minahan's Series 7, a dead-on shot to the heart of reality TV, predated Survivor by several years; in fact, it grew out of... More>>
Witness Program
Tempered Optimism in Berlin
, February 27, 2001
Given that the competition at the Berlin Film Festival is mostly filled with Hollywood megaflicks and undigestible Euro-puddings, viewers tend to... More>>
Reborn Again
, February 20, 2001
In Down to Earth, bike messenger Lance Burton, played by Chris Rock, wants to be a successful stand-up comedian, like, say, Chris Rock.... More>>
Terminal Endearment
, February 20, 2001
An extra-thick vanilla schmalted with just the right amount of raw sugar to summon the awwwws of high school girls, Sweet November updates the... More>>
Bloc Busters Bloc Busters
, February 20, 2001
Minute for minute, this week's Shooting Gallery program may be the most inspired filmmaking on view at a commercial theater in New York—the... More>>
Rites of Passage
, February 20, 2001
The hero of Kate Davis's Southern Comfort is Robert Eads, a Georgia farmer with a craggy face, a scruffy beard, and an old-school gallant manner;... More>>
Israeli Films Go Back to the Present Israeli Films Go Back to the Present
, February 20, 2001
"How can you build a house upon another house?" asks a Palestinian construction worker in Bait (1978), Amos Gitai's film about a building... More>>
Tehran Close-Up
Under the City's Skin
, February 20, 2001
Putting on the head scarf humbles a woman instantly: Ears pinned down, hemmed in from every side, you are all eyes. Not the worst thing that can... More>>
Go for Baroque
, February 20, 2001
If nothing else, Hannibal proves that nobody can prettify prosaic drivel like Ridley Scott, Hollywood's most reliable hired gun. Yet the seven... More>>
China's New City Symphonies China's New City Symphonies
, February 20, 2001
Extrapolating from the sample on view in American art houses, it's easy to surmise that mainland Chinese cinema has been in decline for the... More>>
Music Concrete
Jia Zhangke's Homing Instinct
, February 20, 2001
"We don't have a train in Fenyang," says Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke with a laugh. "You have to take the bus and switch. It's about a 10-or... More>>
Action Figures Action Figures
, February 13, 2001
Genius or con? That was the question implied by the three-page color spread Life published in August 1949 under the title "Jackson Pollock: Is he... More>>
Ramshackle Projections of the Id Ramshackle Projections of the Id
, February 13, 2001
In the history of the new waves, the Czechoslovakian outburst rates as one of the prime events—excelling at a still-fresh sardonic... More>>
On the Map
International Geographic
, February 13, 2001
A fine-boned, soft-voiced woman of 38, who looks 10 years younger, the Turkish filmmaker Yesim Ustaoglu joins the ranks of the most promising... More>>
Day Trippers
, February 13, 2001
A perpetual state of emergency reigns over Israel, where amid the hectic pace of events, it's best to take things slowly. "Day by day" is the... More>>
The Princess and the Showgirl The Princess and the Showgirl
, February 13, 2001
Although Marion Davies is best known these days as the presumed prototype of Charles Foster Kane's second wife, she was nothing like the... More>>
Stool Britannia
, February 13, 2001
If nothing else, the British gangster movie (along with a couple of Oasis albums) epitomizes the demise of Tony Blair's Cool Britannia campaign... More>>
Southern Cross
The Importance of Ernest
, February 13, 2001
There's an inherent risk in billing any Robinson Crusoe yarn devoid of tribal councils or empathetic volleyballs as "the greatest survival story... More>>
Port Authorities, Asian Provocations Port Authorities, Asian Provocations
Rotterdam Turns 30
, February 13, 2001
Rotterdam's annual movie bonanza is quite literally an embarrassment of riches—even the most tenacious attendee might stumble out of this... More>>
Dairy Tales
, February 13, 2001
A shaggy, appealing parable involving two lovers, some gorgeous heifers, gentle Maori gangster-golfers, and a dilapidated suitcase packed with... More>>
Appetites for Destruction Appetites for Destruction
, February 06, 2001
In his rave review of Thomas Harris's long-awaited follow-up to The Silence of the Lambs, no less an authority than Stephen King hailed Dr.... More>>
Eric Rohmer’s Talking Cures Eric Rohmer’s Talking Cures
, February 06, 2001
The cinema of Eric Rohmer (born Maurice Scherer) has stayed uniformly, if not alarmingly, consistent. Whereas the obsessions and preoccupations... More>>
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