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Film: Working on the Weekend

The 48 Hour Film Project returns for another year of creative mayhem

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 14, 2006
It's late afternoon on June 10 when I find Ryan Seymour and his crew of five deep in the woods at Devou Park. Amid a cool drizzle and fading light, Seymour, producer and editor at TaTa Production  

Film: Dark Thoughts

Moody musician Nick Cave provides the screenplay for The Proposition

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 7, 2006
The Proposition, director John Hillcoat's solemn and violently unsentimental Australian western, has its fair share of stars in the cast. Guy Pearce plays Charlie Burns, a member of a murderous  

Film: Elemental Images

Water sheds light on the plight of India's many widows

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Water completes writer/director Deepa Mehta's elemental trilogy that began with 1996's Fire and continued with Earth two years later. Thematically, the first two stories featured struggles with   

Film: Fever Dreams

If I were a studio executive for a summer

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Reality television has given us idols and inventors, dancers and models. Wives are swapped and race can be altered. But there seems to be little real impact with any of these scenarios. Why not p  

Film: The Big Green One

The original, uncut Japanese version of Godzilla finally hits U.S. shores

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 31, 2006
The ballyhoo surrounding Rialto's release of the 1954 film that started the entire kaiju (or giant monster) film genre has been nearly as loud as Godzilla's unmistakable roar. And why not? It'  

Film: Desperate Measures

The Dardenne brothers' L'Enfant is a gripping story of desperation

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Young, unprepared mothers and the men who disrespect them, child neglect, teenage street criminals ... the subject matter of L'Enfant (The Child) couldn't seem more grittily, glumly American.   

Film: New X-Factor

Brett Ratner takes over the X-Men franchise with entertaining results

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Bryan Singer was an X-factor when he took the helm of the first X-Men film. He was a smart indie director who knew his way around a twisting plot and carefully choreographed action sequences. But   

Film: Art School Rejects

Director Terry Zwigoff and screenwriter Daniel Clowes discuss their latest collaboration

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 17, 2006
As in a dream, Jesus brings me a side of scrambled eggs. He wears a big smile and a shiny nametag, every hair in place. Brings me coffee, too. All around us are ancient hardwood, marble and finer  

Film: Badly Drawn Boy

Max Minghella fails to compel in Art School Confidential

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 10, 2006
At this point in the brief career of Max Minghella, son of director Anthony Minghella (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain), I am reminded of former magazine cover girl and faux actress Kelly   

Film: Gorgeous People in Danger

As mindless distraction goes, Poseidon is pretty unbeatable

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 10, 2006
"There's nothing fair about who lives and who dies," says manly Kurt Russell to manly Josh Lucas in Poseidon, trying to buck up the younger guy who I am shocked -- shocked! -- to report starts   

Film: Return of a Pinup Queen

Gretchen Mol takes the spotlight -- again -- via the The Notorious Bettie Page

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Gretchen Mol, who stars in The Notorious Bettie Page, couldn't be more accommodating in her interview. She is cheerful and fully engaged with the questions, at times self-deprecating, at others   

Film: Big Mamas, Sexless Queens & Kinky Boots

Chiwetel Ejiofor is the latest black man to wear a dress on the big screen

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 3, 2006
In 1979, Prince proudly proclaimed, "I Wanna Be Your Lover," tossing salacious lines like, "I wanna be your brother/I wanna be your mother and your sister too" into the mix. These teasing refr  

Film: All of Us United

Director Paul Greengrass' compelling United 93 revisits 9/11

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Like many people around the country, I watched the signature events of 9/11 unfold in a surreal time frame on Good Morning, America. The confusion of images unspooling, the speculation about why   

Film: Big-Sky Redux

Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders reunite for the peculiar but rewarding Don't Come Knocking

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Cameras are rolling on the set of Phantom of the West, a mawkish western shooting in the Moab desert, but leading man Howard Spence (Sam Shepard) is nowhere to be found. A washed-up alcoholic lose  

Film: L.A. Women

Friends with Money looks at the way (some) women live today

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 19, 2006
With Walking and Talking, Lovely and Amazing and now Friends With Money, writer/director Nicole Holofcener has emerged as a sharp-witted observer of the lives of dissatisfied American women. Wor