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Raise the Spoof Raise the Spoof
, July 10, 2001
Poised somewhere between blaxploitation spoof and avant-garde freak-out, Pootie Tang qualifies as the weirdest, funniest studio release of the... More>>
King Leer King Leer
, July 10, 2001
What is the object of Larry Clark's desire? Could it be the endlessly photographed array of buff young bodies, which, as Abercrombie & Fitch... More>>
The Wages of Original Sin The Wages of Original Sin
, July 10, 2001
The new African film Adanggaman is as fundamental, and as haunted, as a combat scar. Landing visually somewhere between Ousmane Sembène's... More>>
Neither There Nor Here
, July 10, 2001
The connection Maya Deren made 60 years ago between avant-garde and ethnographic moviemaking comes to the fore in this year's edition of the New... More>>
Big Skylarking
, July 10, 2001
In Thomas Bezucha's stupefyingly benign Big Eden, Henry (Arye Gross), a partnerless gay New York painter, leaves his doting gallery rep and... More>>
Who Let the Underdogs Out? Who Let the Underdogs Out?
, July 10, 2001
Swingers popularized ballroom dancing, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and the adjectival use of money, but scribe-star Jon Favreau's baby was also... More>>
Forever Young
Larry Clark Returns to Paradise
, July 10, 2001
"You wouldn't ask John Hughes that," Larry Clark replies to the inevitable question about why, for nearly four decades, his work in photography... More>>
Conspirators of Pleasure Conspirators of Pleasure
, July 03, 2001
Some movies frisk like pups, wagging their tails and begging for approval. Baise-Moi, however, doesn't mean to lick your face so much as sit on... More>>
Everyone Says I Love You Everyone Says I Love You
, July 03, 2001
A slightly screwy romantic comedy, Jump Tomorrow becomes increasingly charming as it goes along, especially after first-time director Joel... More>>
Ruff Ryders
, July 03, 2001
Devotees may blanch at the sight of Jet Li outfitted with a gun early in Kiss of the Dragon, but not to fear—he's promptly divested of his... More>>
, July 03, 2001
Like Lambic, another Belgian import, Dominique Deruddere's weirdly compelling caper comedy Everybody's Famous! is both pleasantly sweet and... More>>
Battles Royale Battles Royale
, July 03, 2001
Though his oeuvre spans four decades and some 60 films, the alarmingly versatile Kinji Fukasaku remains something of a nonentity in art-house... More>>
Independents in the Public Eye Independents in the Public Eye
ITVS Turns 10
, July 03, 2001
You'd think the Independent Television Service (ITVS) would be universally adored by filmmakers. Now 10 years old, it's got significant cash and... More>>
Home Bodies
Shelf Life
, July 03, 2001
The summer-event spilth being upon us, it's time to vaunt the last few months' richer video releases and thus recall how home entertainment... More>>
Test Tube
Thinking Outside the Box
, July 03, 2001
Culled from 300 programs produced by the Independent Television Service over the past 10 years, the 30-odd titles in MOMA's "Shaking Up the Box:... More>>
The Mommy Returns The Mommy Returns
, June 26, 2001
Fairy tales can come true. Spielberg the historian is in remission; Steven the regressive has returned, with a vengeance. An occasionally... More>>
Repeat Offenders
, June 26, 2001
The public-relations pitch for Mathieu Kassovitz's grisly policier The Crimson Rivers is "Seven meets The Silence of the Lambs," and once these... More>>
Tsai Ming-liang Opens the Floodgates Tsai Ming-liang Opens the Floodgates
, June 26, 2001
Balancing reticence with boundless compassion, despondency with deadpan absurdity, debilitating inertia with a visceral urge for escape, Tsai... More>>
Pomona Queen
, June 26, 2001
A lecherous gothic fairy tale with a bona fide cult following, Richard Blackburn's 1973 Lemora, Lady Dracula is the latest bit of pulp ephemera... More>>
Webbed Feat
, June 26, 2001
"A fag and a commie in a jail cell"—so a studio memo described Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), a "marketing nightmare." Rejected by... More>>
Southern Comforts, Northern Songs Southern Comforts, Northern Songs
, June 26, 2001
John Singleton's Baby Boy is pretty much a mess, but it also has a couple of long stretches that are extremely daring in that they reveal black... More>>
Gay Trippers
, June 26, 2001
Though far from radical—it's hardly a commercial or artistic risk to present a sad, pretty boy as an object of contemplation—Come... More>>
Night and the Cities Night and the Cities
, June 19, 2001
Hong Kong action flicks aside, the most sustained cult-movie enthusiasm of the past two decades has been for Japanese animation. Although it's... More>>
Driven to Perfection Driven to Perfection
Art & Industry
, June 19, 2001
Haitian director Raoul Peck says Lumumba proves to him that "you can make a mainstream film without compromising your political ideas." The Best... More>>
Far and Away
, June 19, 2001
The movie camera defies gravity in Himalaya, an action picture with yaks set 12,000 feet above sea level. French documentarian Eric Valli, an... More>>
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