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Thursday, November 8 2001

Heist (2001)

[David Mamet's] language, severe and spare, actually sounds quite human comin


Thursday, November 1 2001

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968/2001)

In this light, '2001' and the revolutionary epoch of its making seem a mere Technicolor blip in an otherwise olive drab post-World War II empire.


The One (2001)

PULL.


Monsters, Inc. (2001)

PULL.


Thursday, October 18 2001

Focus (2001)

William H. Macy plays Larry like a length of coaxial cable in a bowtie and a cardigan.


Monday, September 10 2001

The Lord of the Rings (1978/2001)

PULL.


Friday, August 24 2001

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

In his latest film, Woody Allen moves in slow motion. Actually, the whole of The Curse of the Jade Scorpion appears to be creaking and shuffling, like it's been made by zombies.


Friday, May 19 2000

Small Time Crooks

Allen’s best work achieved greatness by being more than funny —by revealing or capturing something more substantive about human relationships. With Small Time Crooks, the substance comes from the unexpected satire of class differences that gets at something truer than a mere fish-out-of-water story.


Thursday, May 11 2000

Road Trip (2000)

Most of the humor in Road Trip depends upon the audience identifying with the characters' sexual anxiety.


Friday, March 31 2000

High Fidelity

In keeping with the spirit of the film itself, I humbly offer the top 5 reasons the new film High Fidelity is worth seeing.


Friday, December 3 1999

Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Even though Sean Penn brings a phenomenally hysterical freshness to Emmett Ray (and he played a similarly mustachioed maniac in Hurly Burly, without the artistic genius), Sweet and Lowdown is familiar ground for Woody Allen, replete with his usual themes.


Friday, October 29 1999

Being John Malkovich

The new movie Being John Malkovich is about celebrity culture, as it inspires, frustrates and pummels you into such desire. It offers its protagonists and you the chance to imagine being a celebrity, with one small hitch: the only celebrity you can be is John Malkovich.


Thursday, October 14 1999

Fight Club (1999)

Does capitalism have you by the balls? If you're feeling a little limp lately, a little flaccid, emasculated, or impotent, then David Fincher's Fight Club may just have your number. This film kicks butt, and in doing so it also manages to suggest that your need for it and for other butt-kicking films is a late capitalist symptom of contemporary psychosis.


Sunday, January 1 1995

Hamlet (2000)

I confess to feeling a certain dread when I first heard that Ethan ('I have this planet of regret') Hawke was starring in Michael Almereyda's updated-and-abbreviated Hamlet.


The Widow of Saint-Pierre (La Veuve de Saint-Pierre) (2001)

Newly married and deeply in love, the couple is known for their 'modern ideas', which means -- in the film's rather simplistic terms -- that they are willing to look beyond a man's deed and into his character. It also means that they make love often, curtains billowing in the background.


Rear Window (1954/2000)

Rear Window's theatrical rerelease is, among other things, a showcase for mainstream moviedom's emergent special effects technologies.


The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

Daniel Johnston's extensive self-documentation is sometimes eerie, as The Devil and Daniel Johnston has an abundance of material from which to cull its storyline.


Zoolander (2001)

Zoolander's parody of the fashion industry is a pretty pointless endeavor, for the simple fact that ultimately, it parodies itself.


Y Tu Mamá También (2002)

Y Tu Mamá También is all about how we shape the details of living, despite and because of this risk.


Yi Yi (A One and a Two) (2000)

With 'Yi Yi', Edward Yang accomplishes what so few films (U.S.-made, in particular) even strive to do: present an earnest depiction of familial relations.


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