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Ken Jacobs's Primal Dreams
The Influence of Anxiety
, December 12, 2000
Ken Jacobs was not born yesterday. For over 40 years he has been jump-starting rebellious energies at the cinematic fringes as a filmmaker,... More>>
Frost Bites
, December 12, 2000
However seductive the pulp-cinematic mechanics of mountain-climbing misadventures might be, it's a genre that really has only one destination... More>>
Gus Van Sant’s Conventional Wisdom Gus Van Sant’s Conventional Wisdom
Sticking to His Hired Guns
, December 12, 2000
As generic as a Christmas tree, Finding Forrester would be pretty disposable if it were not decorated with taste and tenderness by Gus Van Sant.... More>>
Tales from Tativille
, December 12, 2000
Mr. Hulot was Jacques Tati's most famous creation. A tall, silent figure in a smashed hat and crumpled raincoat, a polite witness to all modern... More>>
Captive Audience
, December 12, 2000
Prison dramas, as any Oz fan can tell you, are typically more concerned with the physics of bloodspray than with the inner lives of their... More>>
In the Company of Everymen In the Company of Everymen
, December 05, 2000
Spring Forward exemplifies what American indies—so often pie-eyed with genre hypercoolness, egomania, and fatuous ambition—should be... More>>
Desolation Angels
, December 05, 2000
"On the white line, no one can knock me over," says a boy panhandling in the midst of oncoming Johannesburg traffic. The scalding Hillbrow Kids... More>>
Scout Camp
, December 05, 2000
The gay shorts profitably anthologized by Strand every few years have largely avoided formal and thematic risks in favor of quippy, frothy... More>>
It’s Spaining Men
, December 05, 2000
The diversity and perversity that have become the hallmarks of post-Franco cinema are still much in evidence in this year's Spanish program at... More>>
Twist of Fado
, December 05, 2000
Having so far devoted four projects to singer Amália Rodrigues, ranging from a 1990 concert film to a five-part television documentary,... More>>
Fear of Flying Fear of Flying
, December 05, 2000
Although hardly a connoisseur of Chinese martial arts movies, I count among my most delirious cinematic experiences a Berlin Film Festival... More>>
Seize and Resist Seize and Resist
, November 28, 2000
The AIDS activist revolution—if not always televised—was at least video-recorded. The Guggenheim's "Fever in the Archive" showcases... More>>
The First Days of Disco The First Days of Disco
, November 28, 2000
A Hard Day's Night, rereleased this week at Film Forum, is hardly a great film. But as the movie that first projected the Beatles as something... More>>
Landscapes With Alienated Figures Landscapes With Alienated Figures
, November 28, 2000
If Michael Snow's 1967 landmark avant-garde film Wavelength is like a Hitchcock movie with the narrative pared away so that only the suspense... More>>
Toxic Avengers
, November 28, 2000
Embraced by E!, shrugged off by Psychotronic, and variously hyped or panned by less schlock-centric institutions, the output of Troma Studios has... More>>
Cara Seymour Looks for Trouble Cara Seymour Looks for Trouble
Paths Less Traveled
, November 28, 2000
Cara Seymour has become the year's flashpoint actress, with small but pivotal roles in two controversy-courting films: In Mary Harron's American... More>>
Dutch Ado
, November 28, 2000
Complain though we might about access to international cinema, contemporary New York filmgoing can afford an awesome opportunity to participate... More>>
Black Hole Son
, November 28, 2000
Alberto Simone's Moon Shadow is partly inspired by the work of the late psychiatrist Franco Basaglia, who in the early '70s founded a series of... More>>
Past Action Heroes; Insane Clone Posses Past Action Heroes; Insane Clone Posses
, November 21, 2000
Refreshingly, novelist William Boyd's The Trench doesn't gang-press WW I, virtually forgotten apocalypse that it was, into genre service or a... More>>
Traveling Miles
, November 21, 2000
Now in its eighth installment, the African Diaspora Film Festival remains a cannily programmed collection. This year's highlights include a... More>>
Cruel and Unusual Cruel and Unusual
, November 21, 2000
"Dear reader, I have a naughty little tale to tell. . . . " So begins Quills, Philip Kaufman's earnestly overblown celebration of the Marquis de... More>>
This Won’t Hurt a Bit This Won’t Hurt a Bit
, November 21, 2000
Variously characterized as ingenious, cheap, or (by those familiar with '60s cult favorite Carnival of Souls) secondhand, the suckerpunch finale... More>>
Ride of Chuckie
, November 21, 2000
Nine years old and still growing strong, Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo's animated Rugrats remains a merchandise machine with heart, maintaining... More>>
Beat Poetry Beat Poetry
Jang Sun Woo Tops From the Bottom
, November 21, 2000
"Think of my dick as shit," a middle-aged dude in the South Korean sex farce Lies tells his teenage lover, as he prepares to plumb what the... More>>
Imps of the Perverse Imps of the Perverse
, November 14, 2000
I read someplace (it might even have been last week's Village Voice) that Korean food was the cuisine du jour. If so, it's appropriate that Jang... More>>
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