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The Allure of 'Mountain': An Interview with Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti

Richard Tognetti reflects on synergising music and film with the cello-like voice of narrator Willem Dafoe in his work for Jennifer Peedom's gorgeous documentary, Mountain.

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Azrael #1-3

Scorsese-inspired and Petraeus-infused, Fabian Nicieza and Ramon Bachs' new Azrael is an incendiary powder keg, commenting one everything from the War on Terror to its title character's relevance to the very purpose of faith.

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Summer of Same: June 2009

This month's "original" fare offers a take on a Sid and Marty Krofft classic, more battling seizure robots, and the retaking of '70s subway thriller. Everything old is new again.

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Part 2: The Virgin Suicides to The Blair Witch Project (May - August 1999)

In Part Two of our look at the most memorable films of 1999, we experience music, foul-mouthed mayhem, and a late, great auteur's final cinematic statement.

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Part 1: The Thin Red Line to Star Wars Episode I (January - May 1999)

The first part of PopMatters' look back at the films of 1999 is bookended by the long awaited return of two cinematic auteurs of wildly different styles, Terrence Malick and George Lucas.

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The Walker

Like the heroes of several of Paul Schrader's other films -- American Gigolo, Light Sleeper, and, to an extent, Auto Focus -- Carter moves among women as if visiting an alien planet.

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Movies 101

Movies101invites you to audit the NYU course with a Special Edition, four-DVD box set with interviews with 16 recent guests including Martin Scorsese, Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney, Willem Dafoe, and Julianne Moore.

Gavin Williamson
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Mr. Bean's Holiday (Les Vacances de Mr. Bean)

Back with even less to say than before, Bean lurches toward his much-anticipated beach vacation with all the refinement of a train wreck.

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Mr. Beans Holiday

Physical comedy is officially dead, and Rowan Atkinson killed it.

Bill Gibron
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Monkey Business (Part 4: August)

In past years, Hollywood purposely counter programmed these renowned Cineplex dog days, trying to offset the perception that cinematic scraps were all the studios had to offer. From the look of this lame list, it's apparently back to the filmic fridge for some patently warmed over offerings.

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The Pay Off: The Best Film of 2006

For many of the movies on PopMatters' 2006 list of the year's best films, it is clear that a heavy personal and professional stake was riding on the final product.

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Inside Man (2006)

Appearing in tight shots, the grainy hi-def digital exacerbating their complexities, the interviewees are traumatized or performative, sometimes both.

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American Dreamz (2006)

Here's the rub: does it matter that consumers know all about the badness and the cynical ambition, but watch anyway?

Cynthia Fuchs
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Inside Man (2006)

New York is everywhere in Spike Lee's sharp, new, genre-bending movie.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Manderlay (2005)

Lars Von Trier resists few opportunities to deride the capitalist system that breeds a permanent underclass of wage slaves.

Jesse Hicks
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XXX: State of the Union: Special Edition (2005)

D quotes Tupac -- 'Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal' -- and hip-hop saves the nation.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Criterion Collection (2004)

'That's what the movie's sort of about,' observes Wes Anderson, 'self-invention, and making their own art, and all those things.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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XXX: State of the Union (2005)

Ice Cube makes an unusual action hero, cooler and shorter than most.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Wild at Heart: Special Edition (1990)

'The most rewarding thing about working with David,' says cinematographer Frederick Elmes, 'is helping him see the vision through.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Wes Anderson's film and Steve's filmed life creak a little, exposing seams and efforts to make sense of experience.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Clearing (2004)

The kidnapping sets in motion a thriller that doubles as a character study, delving into Wayne and Eileen's strained marriage.

Kevin Jagernauth
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The Reckoning (2004)

The Reckoning raises significant questions concerning how news and history are shaped by those with the power to name them.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Clearing (2004)

As wealthy, world-weary Pittsburgh businessman Wayne Hayes, Robert Redford is typically low-key.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Spider-Man: Deluxe Edition (2003)

On screen, Spider-Man necessarily becomes more literal, less imaginative.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Reckoning (2004)

The Reckoning raises significant questions concerning how news and history are shaped by those with the power to name them.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

If ever there was a filmmaker made for DVD commentaries, it is Robert Rodriguez.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

'Are you a Mexican or a Mexi-cant!?'.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Finding Nemo (2003)

What I find more intriguing is the timeliness of Marlin's dilemma, raising his child in an ever more dangerous and unpredictable world.

Renée Scolaro Mora
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Auto Focus (2002)

'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Auto Focus (2002)

Paul Schrader's 'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man doesn't get caught up in its own snazzy special effects.

Todd R. Ramlow

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