Tuesday, June 17 2003
At a time when the English horror film was too often content to revel in exaggeration for its own sake, Gordon Hessler brought a measure of craft and intelligence to material that might otherwise have been hackneyed.
Thursday, May 22 2003
Less a curated collection than an eclectic grab bag, the films defied audience expectations and easy categories, even the ones its organizers devised.
Stephen Chow is a comic genius whose films have never seen mainstream release in the U.S.
Thursday, May 8 2003
A master illusionist, Mario Bava repeatedly made films about deceptive appearances.
It may not be 'The East Coast Sundance,' but the Philadelphia Film Festival is on its way to becoming one of the most respected festivals on the circuit.
A veteran of some 60 films, Leslie Cheung showed astonishing versatility.
Thursday, March 20 2003
The Weather Underground makes this story relevant now; is it the '60s we're watching on screen, or is that the peace march this past 15 February in New York City?
Thursday, January 2 2003
Roman doesn't even like using a stand-in.
A fan of making lists, movies, and making lists of movies, I’ve published best-of lists consistently for about ten years. That such lists usually
It’s been about 8,760 hours since the last time that I wrote a year-end best list. Considering that I receive 68 channels on my television, if
It appears that that the past year’s economic downturn motivated filmmakers to work harder. Or, at least they worked more. The year’s U
All the exciting movies come out at the end of the year in the U.S., which means we over here in Australia don’t
A strong start, a humdrum middle, a stirring finish: 2002 defied all reasonable expectations, offering the first annus mirabilis of the new century. Out from under
For me, this year’s best cinema came from outside the U.S., and really, I couldn’t be happier. It’s a joy to
Top Ten Television Shows Here’s the gist of all the Best of TV lists that are available in Time, People, and TV Guide: 24, Alias,
What the cinema will really miss, though, is his charisma, his voice.
Friday, December 6 2002
As much as the cinema molded his worldview, Jean-Pierre Melville was a man of action, tested in the course of conflict like few individuals who have chosen to display violence on screen.
Thursday, December 5 2002
Reisz had done more than touched a nerve. He had opened a vein.
Friday, November 29 2002
You had the feeling the man possessed an undeniable center of gravity that could allow him to prevail effortlessly in the midst of abject chaos.
Sunday, November 3 2002
Jacques Becker's work features a moral neutrality that leaves viewers to judge for themselves, unlike many contemporary efforts.