Autumn Tale

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Autumn Tale directed by Eric Rohmer   A French Harvest Autumn Tale, the last in Eric Rohmer’s “Tales of the Four Seasons,” is, like so much of the director’s work, a film that’s at once stunningly lovely on the surface and astonishing for its depths. Given that, it will be to the taste of a only small fraction of [&hellip
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An Ideal Husband

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An Ideal Husband directed by Oliver Parker   Culture’s End Riding a bus to the Hamptons, a friend recently watched An Ideal Husband, on video. So did I—but in a theater. An oddly appropriate experience, since Oliver Parker conducts this adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s love roundelay just as a tv director would: mostly closeups and perfunctory medium shots for [&hellip
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South Park

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

South Park directed by Trey Parker If John Waters circa 1979 made a Walt Disney movie, the result would look a lot like South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut. That’s no idle comparison: One of the most striking things about this freakish, fire-breathing big-screen version of the Comedy Central cartoon series is what a large number of Disney elements it [&hellip
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My Son the Fanatic, When Love Comes

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My Son the Fanatic directed by Udayan Prasad Taxi Driver A remnant from the 80s when multiculti was chic, international smart aleck Hanif Kureishi grows up with My Son the Fanatic. He has finally found a sober, wise use for that spark of intelligence and humor first seen in his screenplay for My Beautiful Laundrette but later squandered in [&hellip
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Regret to Inform, Return with Honor

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

Regret to Inform directed by Barbara Sonneborn   Return with Honor directed by Freida Lee Mock and Terry Sanders Hell No The Vietnam War, as one of two new documentaries about that subject reminds us, was America’s longest war. How long? Well, just as it was never declared, it evidently has no end. From some murky, undefinable point in [&hellip
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Big Daddy

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

directed by Dennis Dugan Big Baby Toward the end of the new Adam Sandler comedy Big Daddy—and don’t worry, I’m not spoiling any plot developments a dog couldn’t anticipate—the irresponsible fratboy hero’s adorable five-year-old ward climbs into the witness box at a custody hearing and tells the court what he “learned” from the hero. The kid tells the court that [&hellip
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The General’s Daughter

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

directed by Simon West Travolta Pigs Out As an indicator of the poisonous, predatory pathology that currently governs Hollywood, Simon West’s The General’s Daughter runs a close second to Joel Schumacher’s 8mm in 1999’s Most Loathsome Movie of the Year sweepstakes. Do I inadvertently make it sound noteworthy and appealingly appalling, at a time when the major studios are [&hellip
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Tarzan

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Tarzan directed by Kevin Lima & Chris Buck You Tarzan,You Suck Animated films, central to this movie era’s technological cult, usually get praised despite their mediocrity. It’s as if people’s eyes were bigger than their brains. They worship Disney’s tech advances while accepting uninspired dramatic conventions. (That awful Beauty and the Beast—actually a step back for Disney—was hyped into an [&hellip
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Run Lola Run

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Run Lola Run directed by Tom Tykwer She Do Run Run Myself, I’d rather not. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Run Lola Run is the chance it offers to embrace two diametrically opposed ideas simultaneously. Can it really be smart and vapid, pregnant with meaning and barren of same all at once? Well, yes. And not only does that contradictoriness [&hellip
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Lovers on the Bridge

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Lovers on the Bridge directed by Leos Carax France’s Generation Vexed Almost a decade overdue, Leos Carax’s Les Amants de Pont-Neuf finally begins a regular theatrical run in America under the title Lovers on the Bridge. It could as easily have been called Fireworks to highlight its centerpiece sequence, a magnificent, expressionist depiction of young lovers’ ecstasy. Alex (Denis Lavant) [&hellip
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