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Thursday, January 6 2005

Best Music Videos 2004

Music videos continue to push boundaries, visual, technical, and political. And new artists continue to emerge alongside the old.

Best DVDs 2004

The year 2004 was monumental in the brief history of DVD. The death knell tolled for VHS, while the next big innovation started a blue-ray vs. HD DVD debate that lit up blogs and bulletin boards across the web.

Tuesday, December 7 2004

Monkey King

As a filmmaker, Jerry Lewis reveled in the possibilities of widescreen cinematography, stereophonic sound, and audacious bursts of Technicolor.

Wednesday, December 1 2004

Five Years of PopMatters: Film

For the last five years, PopMatters has provided smart, literate film reviews, informative interviews, and insightful features that combine a knowledge of film history, cultural issues, and a sense of film as both an art form and an entertainment industry.

Friday, November 5 2004

Everyday Existentialism: The Next Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan's films are both a little grounded and a little weightless.

Saturday, October 30 2004

The Sounds of Fear

From symphonic to choral, electronic and progressive rock, these very different scores reveal innovation that is rarely found outside the horror genre.

Friday, October 15 2004

Man of Steel: Christopher Reeve 1952-2004

Reeve's Kent was an essentially tragic figure, a man set apart from the masses by dint of a powerful secret.

Thursday, September 23 2004

BAMcinématek Presents: The World According to Shorts

The World According to Shorts this year offered punchy films organized so their rhythms meld into a syncopated pulse.

Grab Bag of Queerness: 17th Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival

Whether they reflected something true-to-life or were just bizarre, these films united a whole community of queer people who might not otherwise feel connected to each other.

Wednesday, September 15 2004

Frankenstein 9-11

The family values movement teaches people to be loyal only to their own kin, and to pursue familial interests without concern for a larger society.

Friday, July 30 2004

BAMcinématek Presents: Steve Buscemi and Jo Andres Select

You may not fully appreciate Steve Buscemi's abilities as an actor until you see him in person.

Thursday, July 8 2004

Are My Methods Unsound?: Marlon Brando, 1924-2004

On screen, he rebelled against 'the man'; offscreen, he rebelled against the rebel stereotype imposed on him.

Thursday, June 3 2004

Living in Dreams: Wong Kar-Wai

Fluid and erratic, viscous and elusive, Wong Kar-Wai's films are feats of dream logic.

Thursday, May 13 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, May 6 2004

Better Than the Material

Groundhog Day reconciles the smart-ass and nice guy aspects of Bill Murray's persona completely, and weirdly parallels his career.

47th San Francisco International Film Festival

At the San Francisco International Film Festival, it's entirely possible to assemble your own festival within a festival, to choose your own adventure. Like life in San Francisco, you can forget about the next big thing in favor of doing your own thing.

Wednesday, April 28 2004

The Philadelphia Film Festival Report

This year at the Philadelphia Film Festival, the movies are the focus, from a 30th Anniversary screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Control Room, a documentary on Al Jazeera filmed during the takeover of Iraq.

Thursday, April 22 2004

Mortality and Mercy in Los Angeles

In the decade since Pulp Fiction's release, fans and detractors alike have had difficulty reconciling the film's spiritual aspect with its violent imagery, ironic tonal fluctuations, stylized dialogue, and ubiquitous pop culture references.

Monday, April 12 2004

The Passion of the Dead

The Passion of the Christ is as much a horror movie as Dawn of the Dead writes Nenonen. Both films deal with damnation, death, and resurrection. Neither offers any hope for salvation through human virtue.

Friday, January 9 2004

Top 10 Films of 2003

The movies were as dismal as the times. A year clouded by a slumping economy, lost jobs, broken alliances, a new war, reconstruction blues, SARS,

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