Q&A With Craig Baldwin

Written by Ed Halter on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Spectres of the Spectrum directed by Craig Baldwin Working out of his gadget-cluttered basement studio in San Francisco’s Mission district, Craig Baldwin has handcrafted a unique body of subcultural cinema in the past decade. He’s the unabashed Unabomber of underground film, assembling volatile collages of found footage into paranoid stream-of-consciousness narratives that touch on conspiracy [&hellip
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Marie Irene Fornes & Judy Elkan

Written by Jonathan Kalb on . Posted in Posts, Theater

Signature Theater, 555 W. 42nd St. (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.), 244-7529, through Oct.10. Splattered Despite an impressive career nearly four decades long in the American theater and a reputation among serious critics scarcely short of reverence, the Cuban-born playwright Maria Irene Fornes remains relatively unknown to theatergoers in her adopted country. She belongs to [&hellip
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Julien Donkey-Boy

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Beau Travail directed by Claire Denis Ready, Set, Cinema Three Kings should have opened the New York Film Festival as a gateway to the extraordinary fall movie season. This satire about America’s 1991 Gulf War against Iraq’s Saddam Hussein that killed hundreds of thousands of people and won the closed hearts and narrow minds of [&hellip
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Fight Club

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Bloody Rationalism David Fincher’s Fight Club has one significant advantage over every other cinematic thrill machine out there: it feels genuinely dangerous. Stylishly funky yet faultlessly streamlined, a strange concoction of incessant momentum, spasmodic hilarity, insinuating weirdness and, not incidentally, a brilliant, catalytic performance by Brad Pitt, this fevered fantasy touches on the most primal [&hellip
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Privy Party

Written by Jonathan Kalb on . Posted in Posts, Theater

Privy Party Do You Come Here Often?, an extended comic sketch about two men stuck in a bathroom together for 25 years, may just be that perfect collision of comedy and surreality that Beckett looked for in his collaboration with Keaton, and that Ionesco simply wished for. Having said that, I flash back to a [&hellip
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NYC Goes All Biblical and Cybernetic

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

No, the reason the Meadowlands will be our region’s spiritual lighthouse on Friday night and all day Saturday is the Promise Keepers’ "conference." (10/1-2, 800-888-7595 for info.) Twenty thousand Homer Simpsons getting fired up about "integrity" in a hockey arena is such an absurdly large and squishy target that I feel I should leave it [&hellip
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Mumford

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Only Disconnect American Beauty is a swindle that exposes the naivete of the critics who praise it, the people who fall for it. In return, they get the smug comfort of satisfying cynical views of suburbia, teenagers, wives, husbands, business, homosexuality, technology, violence–the all-American cliches. Superior movies such as the new satirical Breakfast of Champions [&hellip
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Three Kings

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Failing Vision An overheated, dizzying hash of a movie, David O. Russell’s Three Kings puts me in the rare position of cheering a filmmaker’s inconsistency. Which is to say: If the whole of this seriocomic plunge into Operation Desert Storm were as awful as its first 20 minutes, I might’ve been driven toward wrist-slitting, or [&hellip
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