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Film: Jungle Boogie

Peter Jackson's King Kong is the most extravagant B movie in history

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 14, 2005
As endangered heroine Anne Darrow, freckly beauty Naomi Watts shrieks on cue, just when the biggest and scariest jungle monsters join her onscreen. A good bone-rattling scream like the ones Watts   

Film: Black Gold, Blacker Hearts

George Clooney is the social conscience of the sweeping Syriana

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2005
For the first time in his career, leading man George Clooney has no need for his good looks. A scraggly beard covers his chiseled chin as CIA Agent Robert Barnes, one of many crisscrossing charac  

Film: Lit Flicks

Film adaptations offer lots of ideas for the reader on your gift list

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2005
The holiday and movie-award season occupies one of the biggest and blackest quarters (as in bottom line) in the consumer year. The market celebrates the arrival of Black Friday, even though both  

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