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Film: New-Hollywood Yoda

Robert Towne, writer/director of the new Ask the Dust, discusses his storied career

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 22, 2006
When director/screenwriter Robert Towne talks about the old days of the New Hollywood, each anecdote carries the weight of revelation. That's because New Hollywood -- the period coinciding with t  

Film: Nonsense and Nonsensibility

Director Michael Winterbottom makes a clever comedy out of an un-filmable 18th-century novel

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 15, 2006
TORONTO -- Somewhere, cameras should be rolling. During one of those moments when seemingly every Toronto Film Festival actor and filmmaker are squeezed into the International Continental Hotel  

Film: Bang, Pow, Hmmm

Chancy V for Vendetta fails at becoming a thinking man's comic book movie

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 15, 2006
The comic world is one of superhuman powers, nonstop battles and earth-shaking explosions. But the futuristic thriller V for Vendetta is something altogether different. The differences that disti  

Film: Looking for a Sign

The concert film Neil Young: Heart of Gold finds the longtime troubadour in a reflective mood

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Jonathan Demme orders orange juice for himself, Neil Young and me at Zoom Restaurant in Park City, Utah. It's a refreshing way to begin a morning interview on behalf of the concert film Neil Youn  

Film: Double Vision

Nominees for this year's Independent Spirit Awards and Academy Awards were remarkably similar

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 8, 2006
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. -- Kevin Smith must be really jealous of Sarah Silverman for getting to be in last year's homage to the world's dirtiest joke, The Aristocrats. Judging by his crude and f  

Film: Boy (Just Visiting) the Hood

Music pushes aside the comedy in Dave Chappelle's feel good concert film

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 1, 2006
The ghetto that star comedian Dave Chappelle calls home is hippie enclave Yellow Springs, a 90-minute drive north of Cincinnati. In the summer of 2004, after the 32-year-old comic abandoned his h  

Film: Independent Spirit

A new biography puts the spotlight on John Cassavetes, but which filmmakers are following in his footsteps?

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Well-known stories of artistic rebellion and no-money perseverance involving actor and independent filmmaker John Cassavetes make up the majority of chapters in longtime film critic Marshall Fine  

Film: Beneath the Underneath

The annual Best of Underneath Cincinnati spotlights area independent filmmakers

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 22, 2006
"In other words, I am three." So began Beneath the Underdog, the autobiographic composition in words of the life of Charles Mingus. The three that Mingus was referring to were the three distinc  

Film: Son of the Blackboard Jungle

Adapting his novel Freedomland for the movies gives author Richard Price a chance to go home again

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Everyone understands that actress Julianne Moore was upset when the release of the crime thriller Freedomland was pushed back from late 2005 to February 2006. Moore saw her performance as Brenda M  

Film: Women on the Verge

Freedomland is too noisy, while Imagine Me & You is a formulaic girl-meets-girl romance

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Imagine Me & You is the kind of film you like at first sight simply for its patchwork of familiar, favorite pieces. Its London backdrop of Primrose Hill is a postcard fantasy of beautiful apartme  

Film: Behind Closed Doors

Cache is Austrian director Michael Haneke's most powerful film to date

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Like all challenging films, Caché (Hidden) divides audiences. But you'll never forget the experience of watching it, especially its final, shocking sequence. Austrian filmmaker Michael Hane  

Film: Breaking Down Doors

Is Brokeback Mountain the breakthrough for tolerance on the big screen?

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 8, 2006
The Sundance Film Festival was just getting started with its first morning of screenings around Park City, Utah, but the Queer Lounge -- a group of interview suites, party rooms and an art deco-i  

Film: Snow Gets Its Close-Up

Sundance Film Festival madness means happy endings and sad-sack stories on Awards Night

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 1, 2006
PARK CITY, UTAH -- Constant snow, the type that covers cars and people quickly, comes down on the Sundance Film Festival's final evening. Festival films are still showing around town, but filmma  

Film: A New Direction

Something New director Sanaa Hamri moves from videos to the big screen

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 1, 2006
The best music videos are distinguished by their compressed narratives and the director's stylistic imprint. In some dramatic cases the music -- and, by association, the musician(s) -- become second  

Film: The Revolution Is Here

Steven Soderbergh attempts an industry shift with his new film Bubble

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 25, 2006
PARKERSBURG, W.VA. -- Onetime factory manager and current job hunter Dan Christian sits in the crowd of the Smoot Theater and beams with excitement. He's dressed in a tuxedo, something he hasn'