Tuesday, July 1 2003
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
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
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.
Gregory Peck's Oscar-winning turn as Atticus was that powerful; it overwhelmed cinema, literature, reality itself.
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
Less a curated collection than an eclectic grab bag, the films defied audience expectations and easy categories, even the ones its organizers devised.
Stephen Chow is a comic genius whose films have never seen mainstream release in the U.S.
Thursday, May 8 2003
A master illusionist, Mario Bava repeatedly made films about deceptive appearances.
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.
A veteran of some 60 films, Leslie Cheung showed astonishing versatility.
Thursday, March 20 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
Roman doesn't even like using a stand-in.
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
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
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
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
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
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 Here’s the gist of all the Best of TV lists that are available in Time, People, and TV Guide: 24, Alias,
What the cinema will really miss, though, is his charisma, his voice.