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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

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.

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