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Thursday, May 22 2003

17th Annual Washington, D.C. International Film Festival

Less a curated collection than an eclectic grab bag, the films defied audience expectations and easy categories, even the ones its organizers devised.


Shaolin Soccer, Miramax, and the Question of Subtitles

Stephen Chow is a comic genius whose films have never seen mainstream release in the U.S.


Thursday, May 8 2003

The Creepy, Campy Stylings of Mario Bava

A master illusionist, Mario Bava repeatedly made films about deceptive appearances.


Serious Business: 12th Philadelphia Film Festival, 3-16 April 2003

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.


Leslie Cheung, 1956-2003

A veteran of some 60 films, Leslie Cheung showed astonishing versatility.


Thursday, March 20 2003

The New York Underground Film Festival (March 5-11, 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

The Pianist: An Interview with Adrien Brody

Roman doesn't even like using a stand-in.


Best Shorts of 2002

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


Best Television 2002

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


Multitasking: Best of 2002

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


Best and Worst of Film and TV 2002

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


Best Films of 2002

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


Top Ten Films of 2002

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

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,


Lone Adventurer: George Roy Hill

What the cinema will really miss, though, is his charisma, his voice.


Friday, December 6 2002

Fate Wears a Fedora

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

An Outsider’s Insight: Karel Reisz (1926-2002)

Reisz had done more than touched a nerve. He had opened a vein.


Friday, November 29 2002

Smile When You Say That: James Coburn (1928-2002)

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

Transcendent Realism: Jacques Becker Film Retrospective: Brooklyn Art Museum Cinemathek

Jacques Becker's work features a moral neutrality that leaves viewers to judge for themselves, unlike many contemporary efforts.


Friday, October 11 2002

Bowling for Columbine: An Interview with Michael Moore

I ask myself, 'Are you sitting at the Ritz doing interviews or are you working on that 9-11 film you're supposed to be making, to make sure that Bush isn't returned?'


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