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Friday, January 9 2004

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?


Tuesday, July 1 2003

Smarts Sold Better Then: Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn was self-reliant, headstrong, ambitious. She did what she wanted to do regardless of what the men in her life preferred, whether it was babysitting a leopard in Baby or interviewing foreign heads of state in Woman of the Year.


Monday, June 23 2003

Light and Shadows: Conrad Hall

The camera pans to reveal the famous shot of a Christ-like Luke, naked except for shorts, bloated and spread-eagled on a bed of eggshells.


Tuesday, June 17 2003

An Admirable Account of Himself

Gregory Peck was enthralled with the process of becoming someone else, and worked at perfecting it until the very end of his motion picture career.


“It’s customary for the boy to have his father’s watch”: Gregory Peck 1916-2003

Gregory Peck's Oscar-winning turn as Atticus was that powerful; it overwhelmed cinema, literature, reality itself.


A Brief Reign of Terror

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

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


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