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Vacancy

Vacancy

Two weeks after we were spoiled by the sludgy monument of Grindhouse, a whole other low-budget thrill ride from the annals of our sticky-floor, damp-seat, scratched-print celluloid history is deployed with full-force. Following his promising...

Movie Review posted on 22nd April 2007

The Valet

The Valet

After a lifetime of carefully calibrating small-idea comedies, French director Francis Veber hits his biggest movie to date. Already planned to be remade in America by the Farrelly brothers and Veber himself, The Valet marks...

Movie Review posted on 22nd April 2007

Syndromes and a Century

Syndromes and a Century

Amongst the most promising and enigmatic of young filmmakers, Thailand's Apichatpong Weerasethakul (he's given us express permission to call him "Bob") has been toying with the essence of human behavior and falling in love for...

Movie Review posted on 19th April 2007

Rock the Bells

Rock the Bells

Urgent and unrelenting in ways that no concert film has been since the Maysle brothers took on Altamont in Gimme Shelter, Denis Hennelly and Casey Suchan's Rock the Bells takes you into the fire pit...

Movie Review posted on 19th April 2007

Year of the Dog

Year of the Dog

There's a passage in Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One that lends itself directly to Mike White's Year of the Dog, regardless of where the film runs with this idea. Said by the owner of a...

Movie Review posted on 13th April 2007

Private Fears in Public Places

Private Fears in Public Places

Here's one no one could have seen coming. Alain Resnais, at the stately age of 84, comes back from a life of harrowing Holocaust documentaries and existential meditations to direct a winter-set play adaptation with...

Movie Review posted on 13th April 2007

The TV Set

The TV Set

Here's the deal: back in 1999, Jake Kasdan, Judd Apatow, and Paul Feig were the driving forces behind Freaks & Geeks, a high school series that was arguably one of the best shows ever on...

Movie Review posted on 6th April 2007

TMNT

TMNT

On Sunday night, a friend of mine recanted his experience of seeing TMNT, the digitally-animated follow up to the three live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films that were released in the early/mid-'90s. As he put...

Movie Review posted on 27th March 2007

The Page Turner

The Page Turner

Drained bourgeois chill is so 2001. Denis Dercourt's debut thriller The Page Turner has the ethereal calm of a "Sounds of the Ocean" mix tape and it doesn't seem the least bit interested in disrupting...

Movie Review posted on 23rd March 2007

Offside

Offside

Jafar Panahi's Offside still turns over and over in my head, even as this review is being typed. Panahi's films, consistently banned in Iranian theaters, are genre exercises that are rather uninterested in genre mechanics....

Movie Review posted on 23rd March 2007

First Snow

First Snow

What is it about Guy Pearce that makes him so attractively insular, even when he's playing an obnoxious halfwit who sells bargain basement linoleum? Last year, he started strong with his brooding performance in John...

Movie Review posted on 23rd March 2007

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

A large contention at last year's Cannes Film Festival was held over the Palme D'Or recipient, which had been handed to the Dardenne brothers for L'Enfant in 2005. Upsetting expected winners Volver, Babel, and Marie...

Movie Review posted on 16th March 2007

The Namesake

The Namesake

Mira Nair's latest film, a translation of Jhumpa Lahiri's emphatically praised book The Namesake, caps off a theme that has been heavy in her work thus far: assimilation and cultural duty. Though she's been making...

Movie Review posted on 9th March 2007

The Host

The Host

It would be understandable to mistake Bong Joon-ho's exceptional The Host for a monster movie; it's got all the tell-tale signs. There's a monster that terrorizes a seaside community next to Seoul's Han River, munching...

Movie Review posted on 9th March 2007

The Exterminating Angels

The Exterminating Angels

In Jean-Claude Brisseau's 2002 film Secret Things, two women use their bodies and manipulative theatrics to get ahead at a sterile French bank, only to be flipped by a shark in a cornflake-crisp suit and...

Movie Review posted on 7th March 2007

Into Great Silence

Into Great Silence

Out of all the moments of transcendental splendor that are on display in Philip Gröning's momentous Into Great Silence, there is one image that sticks out. After nearly three hours of praying, cooking, upkeep and...

Movie Review posted on 28th February 2007

The Wayward Cloud

The Wayward Cloud

It's all in the timing: Tsai Ming-liang's long-awaited follow-up to Goodbye, Dragon Inn finally finds distribution and, what one would assume to be, a mouth-agape audience at New York City's Anthology Film Archives. A sort...

Movie Review posted on 23rd February 2007

Days Of Glory

Days Of Glory

Every coin has two sides: Rialto's recent reappraisal of Jean-Pierre Melville's peerless Army of Shadows gave us the spy story of the French Resistance that fought a hushed war on the streets and frostbitten open...

Movie Review posted on 16th February 2007

Close To Home

Close To Home

Two women on the force: One is rebellious and thinks rules are for squares, the other abides by conduct regulations as if they were passed down from Jesus' head office in picturesque Antuckett, Texas. They...

Movie Review posted on 16th February 2007

Breach

Breach

Moving briskly from equivocator Stephen Glass to the chairman of the Benedict Arnold Fan Club, Robert Hanssen, director Billy Ray turns his tonal focus from Shattered Glass's journalistic felony to high crime in the intelligence...

Movie Review posted on 16th February 2007

Stomp the Yard

Stomp the Yard

On the television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Columbus Short plays a brooding, brilliant young television writer taken under wing by elder statesman and comedian D.L. Hughley. It's not one of the show's...

Movie Review posted on 13th February 2007

Bicycle Thieves

Bicycle Thieves

Few films have had their titles put under such intense scrutiny as Vittorio De Sica's 1948 neo-realist masterpiece. Originally, the translated title was simply The Bicycle Thief, referencing the perpetrator of the film's titular crime....

Movie Review posted on 7th February 2007

The Wendell Baker Story

The Wendell Baker Story

Oh, the world is one sweet nectarine to the boys in the frat pack. While Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell owned the summer with Wedding Crashers, Owen Wilson was filming You, Me and...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

The Groomsmen

The Groomsmen

There's something oddly lovable, if not embarrassingly earnest and overdone, about Edward Burns' The Groomsmen. It's another in a long line of what has become the reprehensible pre-wedding jitters comedy, but it also doubles as...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Romanian director Cristi Puiu's first entry in a planned sextet of films about different sorts of love goes against everything Hollywood has taught us about death up until now. The film industry has nonchalantly become...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Reds

Reds

Audacious and ambitious even by today's standards, Warren Beatty's Reds still retains a certain humble nature to its sprawling, ambidextrous narrative. Just shy of 200 minutes and one of the last films by an American...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Quinceañera

Quinceañera

The titular ceremony in Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer's Quinceañera resembles a sort of teenage wedding. In actuality, it's a Catholic version of a Sweet Sixteen to symbolize a Mexican girl's acceptance of womanhood. It's...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Little Fish

Little Fish

Films about drugs and recovery are usually of two schools. Either they're about the comic situations that arise from discovering yourself underneath a drug haze or they're hard-nosed films about a family bonding in the...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Brothers Of The Head

Brothers Of The Head

As Terry Gilliam's film and world were crumbling around him, Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe were there with their cameras rolling. What once could have been a nifty little making-of documentary turned into a turbulent,...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Because I Said So

Because I Said So

How did we get here? Michael Lehmann's career seemed like one of those no-brainers, destined to slowly pour a mixture of cyanide, ammonia, and pop rocks into the drinking well of modern teen romps and...

Movie Review posted on 2nd February 2007

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