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Features

Sunday, October 3 2004

Ghost World

The irony of Washington, DC, repository of the nation's nostalgia, is that it is has no sense of its own past. For those who come, living here is just something that you have to do to get to where you eventually want to go. No one who stays is anyone of real power.


Wednesday, May 12 2004

The 18th Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival

This year's Filmfest DC, the 18th, was mild cause for excitement among locals and hardly at all for international cinephiles. Thus, it seems, it will always be for a film festival located in the capital, where the national soap opera invariably drowns out everything in its radius.


Thursday, January 8 2004

Top 10 Films of 2003


Wednesday, May 21 2003

17th Annual Washington, D.C. International Film Festival

Less a curated collection than an eclectic grab bag, the films defied audience expectations and easy categories, even the ones its organizers devised.


Wednesday, January 1 2003

Best Films of 2002


Columns

Tuesday, September 23 2008

Living in Ghost World: Washington, DC

With US Presidential candidates vying for the best seat in the White House in mind, we revist an essay on what living in DC is like for the common man.


Reviews

Sunday, August 8 2004

Millennium Mambo (2003)

A filmmaker fixated on the continuing past, Hou has become the foremost chronicler of our mortality.


Wednesday, December 3 2003

The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

Sylvain Chomet's first feature is a doggedly strange, if effortlessly whimsical, movie that fuses vaguely recognizable elements to form an exceedingly alien universe.


Sunday, November 16 2003

Once Upon a Time in the West: Special Collector's Edition (1968)

Sergio Leone never met a portentous entrance he didn't like.


Wednesday, October 22 2003

Carnages (2002)

Carnages' denizens spin into each other's orbits and offer the prospect of communion and regeneration.


Wednesday, October 8 2003

In This World (2002)

Attempting to put a human face on the refugee crisis, Winterbottom puts a premium on legibility.


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