Short Ends and Leader

December 2007

‘Compass’ Gets Lost Along the Way

Have no fear, Tolkien lovers—Phillip Pullman is not about to steal the big screen title from our beloved Lord of the Rings. The greatest


In Praise of ‘Pirates’

What is it about the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy that causes so much critical consternation? In some corners, the films are viewed in the


Critical Confessions: Part 1 - The Image is Everything

Being a film critic does have its advantages. Yet the problems can often outweigh the perks. Seeing an anticipated title well before regular audiences remains


The Grindhouse’s Greatest Hits

For the most part, exploitation films of the ‘50s-‘70s sold their wanton wares with the usual raincoat crowd components: skin and sin. Your typical


So Long, Something Weird

It’s time to call out the carnal color guard and get the bugler to blow a rather trashy and tawdry Taps. After nearly seven


Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

In retrospect, it does feel like the beginning of the end. For most of the decade, the fresh perspective offered by a growing set of


Futurama: Bender’s Big Score

When Fox finally put Futurama out of its constantly pre-empted prime time misery, fans were flush with recognizable disgust. The network had never done right


November 2007

Friday Film Focus - 30 November 2007

For the weekend beginning 30 November, here are the films in focus: The Orphanage [rating: 8] Bolstered by cinematic atmosphere so ripe you can practically pick it


‘Redacted’ Screeches to the Already Converted

REDACTED (dir. Brian DePalma) Yes, we’re still at war. No, the apparently addled Congress, given a midterm mandate to end the military presence in


‘Eagle’ More Chilling than Thrilling

MIDNIGHT EAGLE (dir. Izuru Narushima) It’s curious to note the continuing influence of Western filmmaking on the usually idiosyncratic foreign cinema. Instead of incorporating


October 2007

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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