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Rabid

Rabid

David Cronenberg is infamous for keeping an audience uncomfortable. His creative knack generally focuses on the alien forces within a character that separate them from their environment, with said special qualities usually generated by some...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Circuit

Circuit

Maybe as a heterosexual female, the allure of the gay male dance/drug/sex circuit is something I simply cannot fathom. But having grown up, and knowing, my fair share of homosexuals, I doubt Circuit would...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Punch-Drunk Love

Punch-Drunk Love

Most wouldn't put Paul Thomas Anderson and the genre of romantic comedy in the same room and expect them to work together well. The director of Magnolia and Boogie Nights tends to shy from...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

The art gallery world gets a decent comedic prod in this new film by writer/director brothers P.J. and Joel Posner. Set amongst the spoiled and the starving in New York, The Next Big Thing...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Signs & Wonders

Signs & Wonders

Jonathan Nossiter made his fictional writing and directing debut in 1997 with the critically acclaimed Sunday, a story of two lonely strangers who find comfort in each other for a single day.With Sunday, the camera...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

About Schmidt

About Schmidt

See Jack brood. See Jack rebelliously piss standing up (no, no frontal nudity). See Jack cry. Notice the use of the name "Jack" and not Schmidt because, no matter how much Jack Nicholson is supposed...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Spun

Spun

Wes Anderson fans will barely recognize Spun protagonist, if you can call him that, Jason Schwartzman. Though he's been in a handful of forgettable roles since claiming cult status with his breakthrough in 1998's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Shadow Magic

Shadow Magic

China, 1902. Arranged marriages, operatic customs, it's all about tradition. In comes a Brit with a motion picture machine that affects a young, intelligent native so much he is willing to risk disgrace...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary

Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary

A documentary's potency is usually measured on two levels: the ability to convey information, and its power at swaying you emotionally. When a filmmaker accomplishes both, they truly have something precious to share with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Amati Girls

The Amati Girls

Did you hate those cheesy PBS after-school specials when you were a kid? The ones where the smallest conflict was made into a volcanic crisis but all was miraculously solved within a half an...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Gray Matter

Gray Matter

Gray Matter began when writer/director Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) read of the Austrian government's decision to bury the brains of children who were maltreated and perished in a mental hospital during World...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

While filmmakers like Brian De Palma and Neil Jordan have escaped to France to make labors of love, Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides) chose Japan. Two characters working through transitions in their lives while stuck...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

What Time is it There?

What Time is it There?

Tsai Ming-Liang has garnered some deserved recognition for articulating difficult emotions through the mundane actions of every day life. How more simply can a lack of motivation be expressed than when watching a character...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Stuck on You

Stuck on You

Delicately splicing sentiment with sharp wit, Stuck On You follows the eclectic adventures of Walt (Greg Kinnear) and Bob (Matt Damon), conjoined brothers who are extremely distinct personalities. One wants to flip burgers in his...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Son's Room

The Son's Room

For those who associate Italian cinema with Fellini and "high art," The Son's Room is an inventive, subtle alternative. Written by, directed, and starring Nanni Moretti, it takes us through the slow, complicated path...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Love, Honour and Obey

Love, Honour and Obey

A gangster movie with a sarcastic slant, Love, Honour and Obey seeks to entertain without mental stimulation. It's not The Godfather or The Sopranos, but instead a loose string of scenes brought together in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Trembling Before G-d

Trembling Before G-d

Is it possible to be a gay Orthodox Jew? According to the Torah, it is high sin to have sexual relations with someone of the same gender. It goes against the basic commandment...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

Pleasantly patching the lives of five disparate characters, Eric Schaeffer's Mind the Gap is a richly textured study of simple interconnections that weave a provocative emotional terrain without ever veering too far into overly sentimental...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Assisted Living

Assisted Living

It's often said that there's no such thing as an original idea anymore. It's even more difficult to describe a film without calling it a cross between two others that have gained recognition so that...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

All About Lily Chou-Chou

All About Lily Chou-Chou

The inexplicable adolescent roller coaster we all go through is often difficult to articulate on screen without including the dull, stereotypical norms of peer pressure to smoke, drink, and have sex. But writer/director Shunji...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

Family isn't based on sweet kisses on the cheek. Affection between parent and child is not established by saying the magical phrase "I love you." Instead, the strongest conversations often come through in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Charlotte Gray

Charlotte Gray

Ever go to a movie solely for the stars? It may not be anything particularly inventive, but watching some of your favorites onscreen can be worth the price of admission. Charlotte Gray, unfortunately...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

To Be and to Have

To Be and to Have

Teaching is possibly the most undervalued and thankless of professions. You get snotty kids that don't see the point of homework and jaded instructors who've seen their considerable efforts go to waste time and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Komediant

The Komediant

The rich tradition of Jewish entertainment is explored through a slice of family life in this affectionate depiction of changing times. A portrayal that extends through several decades and continents, The Komediant is a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Springtime in a Small Town

Springtime in a Small Town

A little bit of tension mixed with a ton of visually striking eye candy, Tian Zhuangzhuang crafts a quiet tale of reawakening with his first project in almost a decade. Simplicity is the key...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Maryam

Maryam

Suburban prejudice surrounding real life circumstance is the basis of this fairly impressive debut by writer/director Ramin Serry. While it may play like an after-school special you might have seen during the 1980s on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted 2000

Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted 2000

Anyone who thinks animated movies are just for kids has never seen Spike and Mike's Sick & Twisted Animation Festival. Since 1990, Mellow Manor Productions has sent a fine selection irreverent material on tour...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Smack dab in the middle of the Civil Rights Era came a pile of films that preached recognition of racial equality. Two of the favorites repeatedly viewed to this day are Guess Who's Coming...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Plastic People of the Universe

The Plastic People of the Universe

What looks like a silly title is actually a compelling story of musical passion against governmental odds. While The Plastic People of the Universe is mostly a talking-head video about the Czech rock and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Town Bloody Hall

Town Bloody Hall

This isn't a horror film, as the title Town Bloody Hall (now reissued theatrically) might suggest. But you'll be kept on your mental toes while watching a man renowned for possible sexism be thrown...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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