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Film: The Lightness of Bee-ing

Bee Season addresses spirituality in subtle ways

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Our tumultuous political climate has threatened to overtake the realm of film as each side battles for the right to claim moral high ground and hoist the banner for religious activism. However, fo  

Film: Back in Black

Director James Mangold honors Johnny Cash in the biopic Walk the Line

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Considering how well James Mangold knows Johnny Cash's life and habits, it's odd he's tentative about one crucial thing. When the two first met, he's unsure if the iconic Ameri  

Film: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

Prolific British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom is back with the sexually frank 9 Songs

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2005
In two words, 9 Songs is scenester porn: fucking -- which is not simulated -- and going to shows. Our lovers, Matt (Kieran O'Brien) and Lisa (Margo Stilley), have no mutual friends, no stomach fl  

Film: It's Hard Out There for a G

Christopher Scott Cherot's Hip Hop drama finally hits theaters

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2005
From the Year of the Woman to the Year of the African American, we are constantly looking to Hollywood for signs of change on the cultural horizon. Maybe in time 2005 will be seen as a watershed   

Film: Reel Music

Filmmaker John Parker looks at the local music scene via his documentary, Dead On

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Frustration can be a powerful thing. It has the capability to create wonder and enlightenment, which John Parker has produced in his latest film, Dead On. Residing in Cincinnati for four years, Pa  

Film: Dream Sister

Director Tony Scott takes on the troubled life of model-turned-bounty hunter Domino Harvey

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 12, 2005
A dark angel, he's shuffling in/ Watching over them/ With his black feather wings unfurled. -- "Dream Brother," Jeff Buckley The final images of director Tony Scott's Domino feature the rea  

Film: Rewriting History

Filmmaker David Cronenberg puts his distinctive stamp on a graphic novel

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 28, 2005
In Adaptation, screenwriting genius Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) struggles with finding a filmic pathway into Susan Orlean's seemingly impenetrable novel, The Orchid Thief. His journey begins   

Film: The Hard-Luck Auteur

Visionary filmmaker Terry Gilliam makes his long-awaited return with The Brothers Grimm

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Poor Terry Gilliam. People say that about the 64-year-old director so often you'd think "poor" is Gilliam's first name. Now the question is whether his latest film, The Brother  

Film: Trivia Pursuit

CityBeat film writers show their skills at IFC trivia

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2005
In the end, everyone had advice for this story. That's what happens when people who write stories for a living become the subject of a story. Steve Ramos, head film critic for CityBeat, wanted   

Film: Cinema of Allusions

Indie icon Jim Jarmusch returns with Broken Flowers, another ode to mysterious characters with deadpan deliveries

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Broken Flowers, the contemplatively quiet, quintessentially indie film by writer/director Jim Jarmusch, has the kind of cast you might expect to see in a splashy, big-budget Hollyw  

Film: Tuneful Television

The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons DVD package revisits the music of the Woodstock generation

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2005
A wonderful television moment -- an immortal one, maybe -- occurs midway through the June 25, 1970, Dick Cavett Show when Janis Joplin asks fellow guest Douglas Fairbanks Jr. if he knew F. Scott F  

Film: Devils and Dabblers

Skeleton Key unlocks hoodoo secrets

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2005
On the first track of his 1993 album Triage, David Baerwald created a noirish "Secret Silken World," full of "sex and submission" where inhabitants got to "feel like the devil in the blue mo  

Film: Humor and Pathos

Writer/director Don Roos is back with another diverse ensemble comedy, Happy Endings

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 27, 2005
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. -- This interview with Happy Endings writer/director Don Roos starts on a light note and soon moves into such serious topics as teen sexuality, gayness in America and career  

Film: Beguiling Breakthrough

Multitalented writer/director Miranda July's debut feature is garnering much attention

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Miranda July's debut feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know, is fictional, but it draws on her own experiences for its unusual worldview. In this quirky yet endearing breakthro  

Film: Hanging Together

March of the Penguins documents the solidarity of a species

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- March of the Penguins proves the axiom about survival of the cutest. And fittest, too. The emperor penguins featured in this new documentary have seen fit to devise the most arduous