Friday, June 10 2005
Anne Bancroft was one classy broad.
Thursday, June 2 2005
With Revenge of the Sith, is it possible that Lucas risked his merchandising empire for his own paternal legacy?
Friday, May 20 2005
It was as a straight stage act in smoke-filled clubs and Las Vegas showrooms that Frank Gorshin was at his best.
Tuesday, May 17 2005
How few installments of a series can you enjoy while still claiming to be a 'fan'?
I'm not in love with you and your special universe anymore. You've let me down and now, you've insulted my intelligence.
Monday, May 16 2005
Harold Lloyd was one of the most and successful silent film comedians. And yet, for today's audiences, he remains mostly unknown. In his day, however, Lloyd rivaled Chaplin and Keaton at the box office, making films for over 20 years.
Friday, May 13 2005
The 2005 Festival delivered on its motto: 'A cultural project proud of its deep roots and fed by the love of cinema and of freedom'.
Friday, May 6 2005
Few filmmakers have sought so relentlessly to break down our concepts of projected images and words.
Friday, April 29 2005
Sir John Mills' life reads much like that of a character in one of his wartime films: average bloke succeeds through determination, hard work, and luck.
Friday, April 8 2005
Preston Sturges painted an America as out-of-control jalopy full of fast-talking cons, greedy rubes, snappy girls, and exasperated fat cats with cockeyed intentions.
Friday, March 18 2005
Teresa Wright demanded and earned respect.
One film at the festival boasting more established talents is The Ballad of Jack and Rose. Written and directed by Rebecca Miller (Personal Velocity), the
Thursday, March 17 2005
Days Four and Five: How the Other Half Lives -- From the US to Bolivia to the Philippines, these films journey through the slums and alleys of the world, contemplating those who dwell on the margins and the hardships they must endure.
Wednesday, March 16 2005
Days Two and Three: Hideous, Kinky -- There are, in fact, meaningful, compelling stories on offer here -- if one could only step away long enough from the plush confines of the VIP room.
Tuesday, March 15 2005
The Wendell Baker Story The massive gray halls of the Austin Convention Center stretch out in all directions. Taking up a full city block, the
Wednesday, February 23 2005
It's hard to envision Sandra Dee as an actual person. For so long, she was an icon, an emblem of virginal purity who seemed incapable of complexity, vulnerability, or even inner life.
Friday, February 11 2005
Over his career, spanning 25 years and 15 movies, Ray Harryhausen took to new heights the standards of stop-motion animation and optical compositing.
Monday, February 7 2005
It's no surprise then that when he passed away on 4 February 2005, Davis was yet a vital, energetic, and -- most importantly -- working actor.
Thursday, January 6 2005
A highlight of 2004 was the way documentary reclaimed a place on the big screen.
This past year's films are at once peculiarly individual expressions and easy to group by genre: studio comedies were funnier than usual; horror films were intriguing in concept but disappointing in execution; science fiction was undercooked.