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Sunday, January 27 2013

The Best Films of 2012

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.


Tuesday, January 8 2013

The Best Male Film Performances of 2012

From diabolical tech terrorism to brutal slave ownership, the actors that make up this year's best traversed a wide canvas of creative and cinematic choices.


Sunday, August 14 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 5: Derek Jarman to Mike Leigh

Mid-way through our series, Day 5 is a glorious mishmash of international auteurist cinema. Today we go from saints and sinners, from Brookyln to Britain, from the beginning of time to the Dystopian future, and around the world and beyond.


Tuesday, January 8 2008

Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Female

From the most sweetly nuanced performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh's career to Cate Blanchett's revelatory portrayal of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, the women of 2007 were stellar.


Columns

Wednesday, January 27 2010

The Ice Storm: America Out in the Cold

Ang Lee captures the '70s on film the way Rick Moody captures the era in the book The Ice Storm. It's the midst of the sexual revolution, the Watergate scandal is erupting, and the country's social consciousness is changing.


Reviews

Thursday, August 22 2013

America Through Nature's Gaze: 'The Ice Storm'

Featuring career best performances from almost everyone involved, The Ice Storm holds up as document that is at once identifiably “of a time”, but also impeccably timeless.


Tuesday, November 20 2012

'Life of Pi', or, What's Next for Cinema

Richard Parker is something else, a technological trick and an enduring figment, an idea that can't exist and must exist.


Sunday, October 7 2012

New York Film Festival: 'Life of Pi' (World Premiere)

Adrift at sea, where sky and ocean are indistinguishable, Pi lives a story that exceeds imagination.


Thursday, May 13 2010

In 'Ride With The Devil' the Boundaries Between North and South and Slave and Free Blur

Ride With The Devil is a film that resists narrative convention. The audience is not enlisted to help solve any problem, there is no end to the war, no intended destination, and it’s not clear for whom we should be rooting.


Thursday, August 27 2009

Taking Woodstock

The Ang Lee take on Woodstock never gets much beyond these clichés: hippies took drugs, rain made mud, the music was great and crowds were huge.


Blogs

Thursday, November 22 2012

Which Story Do You Prefer? 'Life of Pi'

Containing, hands down, the best CG ever in a modern Hollywood film, Lee brings the complicated, some said un-filmable story to life in dazzling, photorealistic terms.


Wednesday, December 16 2009

Taking Woodstock (2009): Blu-ray

It is often called the ultimate expression of the Summer of Love, a gathering of nearly half a million like minded individuals, all with the


Tuesday, August 25 2009

Ang Lee is Americana (video)

Director Ang Lee has yet again tackled a seminal part of the American Dream in Taking Woodstock. Perhaps it is his immigrant perspective (he arrived


Sunday, June 8 2008

Hulk: Revisited

In preparation for the franchise reboot starring Edward Norton, SE&L looks back at Ang Lee's 2003 version of the Big Green Meanie, a criminally marginalized movie that truly didn't deserve the critical or commercial drubbing it took at the time.


News

Sunday, November 11 2007

Sex and violence are not always gratuitous, directors say

What has more sex and violence than an episode of "The Jerry Springer Show"? The multiplex. You can pass through any neighborhood in America and


Wednesday, October 3 2007

Ang Lee's 'Lust, Caution' has sense and sensuality

NEW YORK -- Ang Lee remembers what it was like when he decided to make "Sense and Sensibility," his first English-language film. The condescension. The


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