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Forgotten Silver
Shelf Life
, April 24, 2001
Kino! Kino! Kino! as Guy Maddin would say—cinephiles are easy to suss out amid the metaglamour and thrill-seeking that amount to American... More>>
In Briefs
, April 24, 2001
The problem with good intentions is that you know exactly where they lead, and it's rarely to anywhere as interesting as hell. Earnest messages... More>>
Argentina’s Criminal Lovers Argentina’s Criminal Lovers
, April 24, 2001
One of the big discoveries of the Berlin Film Festival was La Ciénaga (The Swamp), the debut feature of the Argentine director Lucretia... More>>
Perfectly Frank
Jamie Thraves’s Shy Fidelity
, April 24, 2001
Director Jamie Thraves sums up his first feature, The Low Down, with one tellingly modest remark: "It's a character study in which the characters... More>>
New Romantics
, April 24, 2001
With his monumental '90s bookends, Les Amants du Pont-Neuf and Pola X, Leos Carax reinvented the art of the ridiculous sublime—a thrilling... More>>
Heads Shot
, April 24, 2001
Brent Meeske's The End of the Road is the Citizen Kane of parking-lot fan docs. Confronting the elephant in the rental rack of that burgeoning... More>>
Games People Play Games People Play
, April 17, 2001
Vladimir Nabokov considered The Luzhin Defense, a case study of a chess champ's midtournament crack-up, to be the warmest of his Russian... More>>
The State That I Am In The State That I Am In
, April 17, 2001
Coy and fitful as it might seem, The Low Down captures the latent anxieties of a hazy, ambling existence with pinpoint accuracy. No chic... More>>
Commodify Your Dissent
, April 17, 2001
Freaks, Glam Gods and Rockstars superficially resembles punky verité: The Decline of Eastern Civilization, where civilization means the... More>>
Natural Porn Killers
, April 17, 2001
Wayne Wang's first foray into digital video offers two interpretations of its title. "The thing about computers is you're connected to everyone... More>>
Shape-Shifting Creature Features Shape-Shifting Creature Features
Art & Industry
, April 17, 2001
Larry Fessenden's Wendigo is a monster movie more sad than scary. It debuted at Slamdance in January, received a rave review from Variety and,... More>>
A Second Life
, April 17, 2001
Just another symptom of our all-American film culture quarantine: Master Dutch documentarian/free-form personal filmmaker Johan van der Keuken... More>>
Iran’s High-Water Mark Iran’s High-Water Mark
The Not-So-New Wave
, April 17, 2001
Like the few other national cinemas that maintained any kind of transnational presence during Hollywood's globalization, Iran's has pegged its... More>>
The Shinings
, April 17, 2001
"The film image—whose intangible reality consists of lights and shadows beamed through the air and caught on the surface of a silver... More>>
Flowers of Taiwan
, April 17, 2001
For film buffs, the phrase "Made in Taiwan" suggests the carefully composed, acutely observed, and historically complex explorations of self and... More>>
Harlem Renaissance
, April 17, 2001
The annual New York African Film Festival—which moves uptown this year to the Magic Johnson Theaters, the only commercial moviehouse in... More>>
Born Criminals Born Criminals
, April 10, 2001
On the strength of his three features, Jafar Panahi would seem the most successful popularizer of Iranian directors. His much feted,... More>>
Hysterical Displacement Activities Hysterical Displacement Activities
, April 10, 2001
In Bridget Jones’s Diary, Renée Zellweger’s breasts are as plump and white as pillows in a baby’s crib. The breasts,... More>>
Matters of Taste
, April 10, 2001
The 7th Avignon/New York Film Festival presents the usual panoply of social outcasts, ill people, and perverts that give both French and American... More>>
Good Morning Britain Good Morning Britain
, April 10, 2001
The glue binding the 11 choices showing in “Contemporary Films From Britain” is, indeed, contemporaneity. There’s not a costume... More>>
Expired Ham
, April 10, 2001
Hardly remembered, Jean-Marie Gaubert’s Les Visiteurs sucked up $100 million of European and Asian tickets in 1993 but earned about 14 bucks... More>>
Lands of Confusion
, April 10, 2001
Kingdom Come, a seriocomic smorgasbord of African American star spotting (look, Toni Braxton!), demands high tolerance for low comedy. Have you... More>>
Mangled Web
, April 10, 2001
Kiss the Girls, the first movie adapted from the James Patterson assembly line of Dr. Alex Cross novels, was a middling 1997 profit-turner that... More>>
Cannibal Lector
Tobias Schneebaum’s Ritual Scars
, April 03, 2001
Tobias Schneebaum claims The Village Voice was founded in his living room. In 1955, Norman and Adele Mailer were his East Village neighbors.... More>>
Sembène’s Universal Language
, April 03, 2001
"Tout est politique!" Thus Ousmane Sembène strips down the love-hate argument he has had for 35 years with movies, with the grim facts of... More>>
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