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Friday, June 7 2002

Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner: An Interview with Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn

Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn work off each other. Emotional, psychic, spiritual -- they share rhythms that are difficult to pinpoint, fascinating to see.


Thursday, May 2 2002

Explorations: The Brooklyn Jewish Film Festival

The efforts of the Brooklyn Jewish Film Festival to use Jewish identity as a jumping-off point to promote understanding among many groups, are admirable and welcome.


Thursday, April 18 2002

The Wisconsin Film Festival 2002

The Wisconsin Film Festival represents the Badger State's belated but nimble leap onto the festival bandwagon.


Wednesday, April 10 2002

A Cynic’s Demise: Billy Wilder (1906-2002)

To the movie maven, Billy Wilder was the last of his kind, the most visible link to the Golden Age of Hollywood . . . he epitomized the professional spit and polish that the factory system of the major studios promoted.


Thursday, April 4 2002

Art Forms

When talking about movies, the phrase 'based on a video game' does not have to mean simply 'dumb'.


Sunday, March 31 2002

Czech New Wave Cinema: The Children of Marx and Kafka

Czech New Wave film was able to hold up a mirror to the other side of the Iron Curtain, and to demystify the influence of the West.


Thursday, March 28 2002

South by Southwest Film Festival 2002

Indications are that the SXSW Film Festival may be soon outgrowing the Music Festival's shadow and stepping into a light all its own.


Thursday, January 24 2002

Sundance Film Festival 2002

For 10 days each January, Park City is a conversely utopian and dystopian microcosm of the entertainment industry, a Hollywood-as-mountain kingdom that is as isolated and insular as it is enviable and confounding.


Wednesday, January 2 2002

Best Music Videos of 2001

Best Music Videos of 2001 My dedication to music videos as an aesthetic and political form remains intact. This despite a year in which MTV played


Ten Best Films of 2001

Ten Best Films of 2001 1. In the Mood For LoveI saw Wong Kar-wai’s masterful period love story last year at the New York Film Festival,


A Year at the Video Store

A Year at the Video Store When time came to prepare this year-end list for PopMatters, I found that I’d seen very little in


The Most Enjoyable Films of 2001

The Most Enjoyable Films of 2001 The year was certainly a good one for movies, with a lot of diversity, a lot of fun, and a


Top Ten Significant Moments in Australian Entertainment

Top Ten Significant Moments in Australian Entertainment The words “Australia” and “entertainment,” for me, go hand in hand. It’s like Rob Sitch said: “I


2001 Best of TV

2001 Best of TV Last year my “Best of” list focused on those tv actors whom I thought just weren’t getting their due. Two of


Favorite Films of 2001

Favorite Films of 2001 1. Memento (Christopher Nolan)When you peel away the backwards layers of director/screenwriter Christopher Nolan’s sophomore effort, you realize that while


More Than 10 Best Films of 2001

More Than 10 Best Films of 2001 At the end of 2001, it’s difficult to come up with anything that might seem as trivial as a Best


Friday, December 7 2001

Last Orders: An Interview with Director Fred Schepisi

At first glance, Fred Schepisi looks like a quiet fellow. But he turns quite effusive when he starts talking: sharply observant and possessed of a dry sense of humor, he's comfortable expressing himself.


Thursday, November 15 2001

Masquerades: The 14th Virginia Film Festival

Set amid the gorgeous fall splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Virginia Film Festival year after year remains an all-around classy production.


Friday, October 19 2001

Waking Life: An Interview with Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater's movies feature lots of conversation, sometimes serving as plot, taking you places that you don't quite expect, then turning again.


Thursday, October 18 2001

39th New York Film Festival

This year, the New York Film Festival had a special significance, as it marked the return to some sense of normalcy in the city, two weeks after the World Trade Center disaster.


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