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Classic Ghost Story The Devil’s Backbone Works on Every Level

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

The Mexican director Guillermo del Toro isn’t in the weight class of a Welles or Kubrick, but he works in the same complete, visionary tradition. His earlier films, Cronos and Mimic, were far from perfect (parts of Mimic were just plain trashy), but they suggested a ferociously complex talent that could compete, and perhaps best, [&hellip
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Gene Hackman Lifts Mamet’s Heist Above Its Obvious Cliches

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Gene Hackman abideth. He makes every movie seem better than it is; at least, he makes his parts of movies seem better. In Heist, a clever, straightforward genre flick that delivers pretty much what the title suggests and not much more, Hackman is surrounded by actors cut from similar cloth, including Delroy Lindo, Danny DeVito [&hellip
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Shallow Hal Is the Strangest Farrelly Bros. Movie Yetâeuro;”Not Bad, Though

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

The Farrelly brothers aren’t great filmmakers; they’re too canny and eager-to-please, and after six features they still have trouble figuring out where to put the camera to enhance the comedy, rather than merely capture it. But they are special, and in a cookie-cutter culture that counts for plenty. In a way–and bear with me here, [&hellip
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For Some Adult Escapism, You Can’t Do Better than Amelie

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

In case you hadn’t heard, even though the world is on fire, it’s okay to have fun. If you’re ready for a dose of intelligent escapism, it’s damn near impossible to improve on Amelie, an imaginative French fantasy from Jean-Pierre Jeunet, co-director of Delicatessen and City of Lost Children. Like Wes Anderson’s forthcoming The Royal [&hellip
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Robert Redford’s Latest, The Last Castle, Stars Robert Redford in the Robert Redford Role

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Robert Redford, star of the new prison picture The Last Castle, has a moral intelligence that’s rare in movie stars–yet for the past 20 years, it’s been canceled out by movie star vanity. The screenwriter William Goldman, who wrote the scripts to many Redford projects, grimly observed that one of the keys to screenwriting success [&hellip
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The Hughes Brothers’ From Hell Is an Intriguingly, Sometimes Infuriatingly Original Film

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Directed by the Hughes Brothers Now is probably not the right time for a serious popular horror film entitled From Hell. But I’m not sure what time would have been right for a dreamy slasher melodrama about the hunt for Jack the Ripper in the 1890s Whitechapel district of London. The fourth feature film by [&hellip
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Mulholland Drive’s Artistic Agenda Is Completely at Odds with the Current Public Moodâeuro;”Go See It; Resfest this Weekend at the New School

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Directed by David Lynch A young, sexy woman (Laura Elena Harring) is being held hostage inside a limousine by her gangster lover’s henchmen and being driven up into the Hollywood hills. Then a car full of joyriding idiot teenagers rams into the limo. The only survivor is the gangster’s girlfriend, who loses her memory in [&hellip
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Kids Are Tougher than We Think; Requiem for the Twins

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Throughout the awful day that was Sept. 11, you could hear, interspersed among the awed, horrified reports of towers crumbling and civilians dying, stories of how the children of America were taking it. We heard they’d been herded out of classrooms and into gymnasiums and basements, not just to prevent them from being easily killed [&hellip
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Remembering Pauline Kael, Fondly or Not, Is Still a Tribute

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Pauline Kael is gone, inspiring appreciations as quirky and rhapsodic as her own reviews. Those who knew her personally have remembered her that way–in loving, tender sendoffs. Those who knew her only through her writing might have messier reactions. I’m one of those people. Like pretty much any working critic born during the last 50 [&hellip
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