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Girlhood

Girlhood

Most people assume that boys will be more violent than girls, especially in the adolescent years. The stereotype is that boys work out their aggression with bloodthirsty sparring while girls internalize their problems with unhealthy...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Charcoal People

The Charcoal People

We use charcoal in our backyard barbeques instead of wood because it's easier to handle. You don't get those awful splinters, it's lighter to carry, and you can buy enough to last without having...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Personal Velocity

Personal Velocity

Combining an excellent literary accent with eclectic reflection on life's perpetual habit of transitioning, Rebecca Miller's highly touted Personal Velocity comprises engaging three-dimensional Everywomen in compelling stories that end up surprisingly cinematic. Split into...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Madadayo

Madadayo

It seems only fitting that Akira Kurosawa's last film (which he wrote and directed) be an homage to teaching. After all, he inspired many of today's respected directors and is taught in film schools...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Tarnation

Tarnation

Documenting a personal, traumatic life experience engenders difficult concerns as to how to give it a filmic quality. If the story is dramatic in itself, such as in the case of Capturing the Friedmans, some...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

So Close to Paradise

So Close to Paradise

When the country of China is mentioned in conversation, it is usually in conjunction with the Great Wall, not its citizens. This film embarks on a remarkable journey through working class China in the late...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

waydowntown

waydowntown

"It's sucking my will to live!" quipped Garth of Wayne's World. Now, is that corporate America's fault, or our insistence of living in the closeted environment of our careers instead of acknowledging the outside...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars

A documentary with stars? How else could one describe a film that captured one of the most influential and theatrical performers of rock 'n' roll, in what many critics consider the peak of his...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Undertow

Undertow

However you may feel about David Gordon Green's movies, his strong suit is his ability to create powerful moments from the simplest daily activities. His characters feel like whole people, whether you're aware of their...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

On Hostile Ground

On Hostile Ground

Abortion is a hot political topic no matter which side of the fence someone is on. Those that lobby for and against a patient's right to choose concentrate on the pregnant women who walk...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bright Leaves

Bright Leaves

Ross McElwee has an extraordinary knack for combining personal journey with factual material. Often a one-man crew, he shoots constantly in his life, slowly culminating bits and pieces that eventually lead to a documentary of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Last Orders

Last Orders

It's a shame there are so few films out that realistically portray male bonding, possibly for fear of assuming an underlying current of latent homosexuality. The oft-neglected theme is pleasantly explored in Last Orders,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Things Behind the Sun

Things Behind the Sun

Allison Anders not only has enough balls to revisit one of the worst experiences of her life in Things Behind the Sun, but she travels through emotional territory normally unheard of in films based on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Petits Frères

Petits Frères

What happens when you add unchecked boredom to economically struggling adolescents? Some band together with affectionate wisecracks against peers, in an effort to prove one's ego. Others shy away from being social, reading...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns

Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns

Do It Yourself is more than a modern colloquialism to describe the practice of rebellion that makes independent-minded artists popular in a certain gritty sector of consumers. It now even has an affectionate and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Capote

Capote

Capturing the inspirational process of a quirky character can be a daunting task. You have to weigh informational material with a big personality, and keep these two balanced over the course of a changing story...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Rhythm 'n' Bayous

Rhythm 'n' Bayous

What starts out as a monotonous talking-head musical history lecture turns into a rich land of Louisiana discovery, as Robert Mugge adventures into the various landscapes of that colorful state.Three different sections of Louisiana are...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Final

Final

Bill (Denis Leary) wakes up in an institution. He is told by his doctor, Ann (Hope Davis), that he is only there for observation. He can leave whenever he makes the decision to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Breakfast On Pluto

Breakfast On Pluto

Neil Jordan doesn't make bad movies. Even if the story isn't spectacular (The Good Thief), the visuals are always stunning and the acting is consistently so striking that you're never bored by what you see....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Smiles of a Summer Night

Smiles of a Summer Night

It's hard to believe this film was made in 1955. But then again only American films of that time seem to have the handcuffs of absolute purity slapped on them, keeping everything on the straight...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Under the Sun

Under the Sun

Nominated last year for Best Foreign Language Film, Under the Sun is a gentle look at romance through the eyes of a middle-aged innocent. It's a pleasantly simple story, shot with overwhelming beauty, but...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Jupiter's Wife

Jupiter's Wife

Documentaries on homelessness tend to lean towards the dramatic side, attempting to force a supposedly ambivalent audience into compassion. You can practically sense the filmmakers' guilt seeping through the screen, either that they live as...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Baran

Baran

Before jumping into the details of this dramatic love story, some cultural details need to be outlined. Afghanistan's poverty is acknowledged fact. From control by the Soviets to that of the Taliban, the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Tootsie

Tootsie

Dustin Hoffman has been nominated for seven Oscars and has won two for roles in Rain Man and Kramer vs. Kramer. With an inescapable nose and smallish stature, he's one of the few talents...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Vera Drake

Vera Drake

Known for developing scripts out of improvisational exercises, Mike Leigh's gift for getting incredible performances out of actors is impressive. His character-driven pieces are consistently provocative and engaging, though they may also leave you feeling...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sade

Sade

It would be hard for anyone to follow the critically acclaimed Quills, a vibrant portrayal of the Marquis de Sade, brilliantly coming alive through the talents of Geoffrey Rush. As a point of interest,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

One Hour Photo

One Hour Photo

Trust nobody, even those who provide such simple services as developing that roll of film from your beloved child's birthday party. You never fully know the lives of those who provide the basic needs...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Anyone growing up on Disney animation would be shocked by Japanese Anime, a genre now famous for giving human experience a different look. It does what family-enticing animation has refused to, including violence, sex,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

History Lessons

History Lessons

History Lessons gives a unique glimpse into the background of lesbian relations -- by putting it through a historical lens. It effectively dispels any idea that being a lesbian is some kind of trend...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Chain Camera

Chain Camera

What happens when you give a high school student a video camera and tell them to go play, with the single condition that the camera must document his life for a week? You expect...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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