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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,


Top 10 DVDs of 2003

If the films shown at the New Czech Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music are any indication, to this day Czechoslovakia is a country of dueling emotions and opposite impulses.


Top 10 Films of 2003

In a year of blockbuster sequels, self-important prestige pics, and uninspired indies, the real film finds were few and far between. Here are the unexpected


Repetition and Revenge: Top Films of 2003

The year’s cinematic output had everything to do with the complex cultural climate. Fearing mortality, yearning for connection, and lusting for vengeance appeared again


Top 10 Films of 2003

I love making lists, especially wish lists. And so I relish the opportunity to make a Top 10 of 2003 films as it will remind me to


Top 10 Films of 2003

It’s curious that something as seemingly random as a year’s worth of movies can somehow take on its own semi-coherent themes. Following 2001 (the


Top 10 Horror Films of 2003

Judging by the horror films released in theaters and on video in the U.S. during 2003, the genre is undergoing yet another renaissance.


Top 10 Movie Moments of 2003

With the nearest cinema more than half an hour from my house, I have to really want to see a movie to make the journey. Who wants to add the waste of gas and good hour or so on the road to the money already spent on tickets and popcorn? My limited time at the movies, though, means I enjoy the experience more than if I took it for granted.


Thursday, November 20 2003

Behind the Velvet Curtain

If the films shown at the New Czech Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music are any indication, to this day Czechoslovakia is a country of dueling emotions and opposite impulses.


Thursday, November 13 2003

Farewell, Norton: Art Carney (1918-2003)

May he greet his maker with the kind of epigrammatic simplicity with which Norton once addressed a golf ball, 'Hello ball.'


Monday, October 20 2003

6th November 2003

It's October. The dying days of 2003 loom on the horizon, heralding chilly fronts, wind-stripped trees and lashings of rain. Thankfully it's not all bad news, however, because October also ushers in this year's London Film Festival.


Thursday, October 9 2003

The World According to Shorts

What makes the 'World According to Shorts' Festival so satisfying year after year is the variety and excitement of the program.


Monday, September 22 2003

The Emperor and the Gangster

As much influenced by Shakespeare and Dostoevsky as by the art and literature of his native land, Kurosawa used conventions of both Japan and the West to critique post-war Japanese society.


Thursday, September 18 2003

The Whip of Time: Leni Riefenstahl

Had she not outlived all her peers, would she have remained so controversial and unforgiven, yet also admired?


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