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The Ecstasy and the Agony The Ecstasy and the Agony
, April 04, 2000
Liam McGrath's doc Southpaw focuses on light-welter Irish boxer Francis Barrett, the piercingly modest and Wahlberg-mugged Galway teen who at 19... More>>
Agnes Godard's Candid Camera
Sensation Show
, April 04, 2000
Claire Denis's Beau Travail breathtakingly juxtaposes textures and colors—bodies against rocks, rocks against water, water against... More>>
Street Smarts Street Smarts
, April 04, 2000
There's mass culture and then there's the authenticity mass-cult's always looking for, the stuff happening on the street. Joe Gould's Secret and... More>>
Howdy Doo-doo
, March 28, 2000
As suave today as his films were once gross, John Waters is an almost foolproof documentary subject. In Divine Trash, director Steve Yeager... More>>
World Affairs
, March 28, 2000
Journey to the Sun Life in Istanbul is precarious, even for those whose papers are in order. A sweet young man with a decent job and loving... More>>
Truth and Consequences Truth and Consequences
, March 28, 2000
Nursing the raw wounds of decades of institutionalized racism, the South African government in 1994 formed the Truth and Reconciliation... More>>
Get Shorty
, March 28, 2000
With 41 movies over four weeks, the fifth annual Short Film Exhibition offers a diverse lineup and more than a few finds. Opening night starts... More>>
Body Language Body Language
Claire Denis’s Band of Outsiders
, March 28, 2000
Claire Denis's latest film, Beau Travail, transposes the homoerotic triangle of Melville's Billy Budd to the contemporary French Foreign Legion.... More>>
Blind Faith
, March 28, 2000
To make a film about and with a blind child is to court the fates of hand-wringing bathos and overscored pluck, and Majid Majidi, whose... More>>
Work in Progress Work in Progress
, March 28, 2000
Claire Denis is a sensational filmmaker—with all that implies. Her Beau Travail, opening this week after its well-received local premiere at... More>>
Entangling Alliances
, March 21, 2000
Long absent as a source of outrage from the movies we see, the Pakistani-Indian war as it's been fought on and off since 1947 is suddenly hot, at... More>>
Let's Do the Time Warp Again
, March 21, 2000
With his somber, bloody apocalypse fable X, veteran anime director Rintaro turns down the usual moon-surface gravity of japanimation to zero;... More>>
Encounters with the Hairy Bird Encounters with the Hairy Bird
, March 21, 2000
A smart, sweet, and altogether smashing evocation of teenage girlhood, All I Wanna Do is based on writer-director Sarah Kernochan's early-'60s... More>>
Crash Test Dummies
, March 21, 2000
As a group of high school students boards a transatlantic flight, one nervous boy surveys his fellow passengers (bright-eyed schoolmates, a... More>>
Demographic Violence
, March 21, 2000
Romeo Must Die opens with a late-night drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, into deepest Oakland, the music turned way up, the gleaming, gliding,... More>>
Think Global, Act Local Think Global, Act Local
, March 21, 2000
Closing out its third decade, the annual "New Directors/New Films" series is the closest local film culture provides to the experience of... More>>
Urban Legends Urban Legends
, March 21, 2000
There's a strain of high modernist hubris that, predicated on the act of remembering, attempts to grasp and single-handedly transform antiquity.... More>>
Rules of the Game
Choose or Lose
, March 21, 2000
Should campaign-finance reform apply to Oscar barnstorming? Witness the soft-money spendthrifts at Miramax (last seen wallpapering your local... More>>
Missions Impossible Missions Impossible
, March 14, 2000
Made for the coffee budget of behemoths like Mission to Mars or The Ninth Gate, Craig Baldwin's conspiratorial harangue Spectres of the Spectrum... More>>
Family Viewing
, March 14, 2000
Christina Andreef worked as assistant director on Jane Campion's first three films, and Soft Fruit, Andreef's feature-length debut, is a mutant... More>>
Another Country, Not Her Own
, March 14, 2000
Umbrellas in the sun protect the Anglo-Indian characters in Cotton Mary from "unsightly" darkening. Ismail Merchant (one half of Merchant-Ivory... More>>
Performance Anxieties Performance Anxieties
, March 14, 2000
A beguiling, navel-focused freakazoid as original and mysterious as Sundance award winners are ever likely to get, Scott King's Treasure Island... More>>
Recycle It!
, March 14, 2000
In spite of his considerable accomplishments, Paul Morrissey has often been treated as some sort of shadow of Andy Warhol. When Morrissey first... More>>
Cold Comforts Cold Comforts
, March 14, 2000
In The Carriers Are Waiting, Benoit Poelvoorde, the charismatic killer in Man Bites Dog, plays an altogether different and perhaps more... More>>
Tit for Tat Tit for Tat
, March 14, 2000
In the thoroughly winning Erin Brockovich, Julia Roberts plays a single mother who, without any legal training, uncovers the evidence and... More>>
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