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Buy Low, Sell High
, April 23, 2002
Treading a fine line between documentation and sales pitch, Stacy Peralta's Dogtown and Z-Boys is a hyperbolic account of the birth of outlaw... More>>
Laughter and Forgetting
Any Given Sunday
, April 23, 2002
Film Forum's "Great American Comedy" series (through June 7) is the most ambitious retro ever held in the house: more than 100 comedies,... More>>
The Sting
, April 23, 2002
Can you smell what the Rock is cooking? Barthes asserts that professional wrestling must be considered as a "spectacle of excess" rather than a... More>>
Chimes at Midnight Chimes at Midnight
, April 23, 2002
Though Australian documentary filmmakers Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson operate in the direct-cinema tradition of Frederick Wiseman, shooting... More>>
Consenting Adultery
, April 23, 2002
A detached study of sleepy domestic torpor seizing up into tragic desperation, Christine Jeffs's debut feature, Rain, bears a surface resemblance... More>>
Talking Cures
Jean-Luc Is From Mars, Anne-Marie Is From Venus
, April 23, 2002
Anne-Marie Miéville first worked with Jean-Luc Godard in 1970, on a film project about Palestinians. Since then she has been his companion... More>>
Extreme Noise Terror Extreme Noise Terror
, April 23, 2002
Responsible for last year's Tsui Hark and Korean-movie meteor showers, the Subway Cinema collective once again vents the glorious force of... More>>
Thrill Kill Cult
, April 23, 2002
Yet another tale of two bright, privileged young men driven to homicide by existential boredom, Murder by Numbers joins a bulging dossier of... More>>
Park Life
Community Service
, April 23, 2002
More haiku than ballad, Sarah Price's hour-long doc Caesar's Park (at the Pioneer Theater) captures the lyricism in Wisconsin's changing seasons... More>>
Queen of the Damned Queen of the Damned
Sylvie Testud Gets in the Pressure Cooker
, April 16, 2002
Sylvie Testud may well be cinema's successor to Isabelle Huppert, not least because her César-winning performance as Christine Papin in... More>>
Terms of Endearment
, April 16, 2002
Most women can remember a passionate friendship from girlhood; when it ended, the disappointment approached the bitterness of the lovelorn. Girls... More>>
Home and Away
France's International Anthems
, April 16, 2002
French cinema is in crisis, a Parisian director told me recently. The international success of Brotherhood of the Wolf and Amélie means... More>>
Dishonor Among Thieves Dishonor Among Thieves
, April 16, 2002
An unpretentious drill through the stations of Mametian grift, the Argentine film Nine Queens begins portentously: Juan, a young scam artist... More>>
Laughter and Forgetting
, April 16, 2002
Film Forum's series is by far the most ambitious retro ever held in the house: 10 weeks of more than 100 comedies, featuring silent clowns, 1930s... More>>
Beasts of Burden
Dumb Humping Dumber
, April 16, 2002
In space, nobody can hear you scream as you feverishly impregnate a panting harem of Laika-like test critters—but somebody might want to... More>>
Codes Unknown Codes Unknown
, April 16, 2002
Sober, nuanced, and concise, Murderous Maids takes a brisk walk through one of the creepiest crimes of the 20th century—a murder that... More>>
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>>
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