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Blair Witch Scares

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

Witch Reality Smart, low-budget and appealingly ragtag, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’s The Blair Witch Project is something I’ve been looking for for 20 years: a horror film that doesn’t depend on ostentatious gore or special effects. Relying on several unusual strategies for fright, it’s one of those films you’re sure to enjoy more the less you know about it [&hellip
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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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Regret to Inform, Return with Honor

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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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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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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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Limbo

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

Limbo directed by John Sayles “Well, he’ll never be a filmmaker…” were the first words out of the mouth of a friend I asked about John Sayles’ Limbo before I saw it myself. But they were said wryly, even a bit fondly, and they prefaced a generally favorable opinion of the movie, an opinion I ended up sharing. As for [&hellip
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Notting Hill Is Bad, But The Loss of Innocence May Be the Year’s Worst So Far

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

Notting Hill directed by Roger Michell Those lips, those eyes: They seem to belong to the sketchpad of some stoned fashion designer bent on mocking his—or the culture’s—lust for outlandish ideals. The perfection of her looks was never balanced or poised but always loud, aggressive, unashamedly incongruous. Does anyone ever mention that the different features of her face, striking though [&hellip
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LOVERS OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

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Lovers of the Arctic Circle directed by Julio Medem Do some movies begin as a snappy title? The filmmaker’s sitting in the tub, say, or waiting for a train to arrive, idly spinning words through his head, when suddenly a phrase clicks, and then he can’t get it out of his head. I suspect something of this sort may have been [&hellip
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Hands on a Hardbody

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Hands on a Hardbody directed by S.R. Bindler This truly is the most threadbare time of the year for new film releases. Yet I find dependable entertainment value in a headline that invariably appears in the Times in late January. It reads something like “Documentaries Are the Surprise Favorites at This Year’s Sundance.” Granted, documentaries at Sundance and in general these days [&hellip
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Playing by Heart

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Playing by Heart directed by Willard Carroll Movies that weave together three, four, five or more separate stories: We now see a sprinkling of these oddities every year. They’re generally independent productions, and usually melodramas, a form that allows for enough tonal variation that the films are seldom mistaken for each other. Altman’s Short Cuts is perhaps the best-known of the last [&hellip
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