In Dreams

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

In Dreams directed by Neil Jordan Neil Jordan knows what the screen is for. That’s unusual for an artist who began in literature, but right for one who used words to evoke feelings and images. His new movie In Dreams overflows with sights that suggest an artist has opened up his subconscious for public display. This is not a gift to [&hellip
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Barrabas

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

Barrabas by Louis Feuillade We have a theory that crime enhances beauty,” explains Mary Vivian Pearce, decked out like a dime-store Alice Faye, in John Waters’ Female Trouble. “The worse the crime gets, the more ravishing one becomes.” Artistic head of Gaumont studios in the silent 1910s, Feuillade created fast-paced crime serials that throb with dreamlike decadence. In a paroxysm [&hellip
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Hurlyburly

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

Hurlyburly directed by Anthony Drazan Don’t miss Sean Penn’s extraordinary performance in Hurlyburly. I know for a fact that very few critics saw Hurlyburly at the time most of the awards groups voted (mea culpa) so no critics’ trophies point in the direction of Penn’s honesty and daring. But though Nick Nolte is prizeworthy (in Affliction or anything else), Penn’s [&hellip
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Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

It was an exhausting week at the MUGGER household. My wife, who’d valiantly fought off my stomach flu and Junior’s head cold, finally succumbed, probably due to fatigue from nursing her two guys. Then, on Tuesday morning, MUGGER III came into our bedroom just after midnight and announced with a stoic whisper: “Mommy, Daddy, wake up, I’m about to barf!” [&hellip
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Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

That’s why Republicans’ blocking of a censure substitute, which would have allowed Democratic senators to vilify the First Cad before sending him on his gallivanting way, is the strategic masterstroke of recent weeks. It shows the GOP is not nearly as tactically dimwitted as we’ve heretofore thought. And it locks Senate Dems into the foolhardy course of defending the President [&hellip
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A Man Escaped

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

A Man Escaped directed by Robert Bresson What’s your favorite film?” It’s the most banal question a critic–or any cinephile–encounters, and therefore the most essential. It invariably springs from trivial circumstances. Cocktail party chatter, waiting in line for something or other: strangers trying to connect, through a slightly forced, artificial conviviality. The subject turns, warmingly, to movies, but when you ask [&hellip
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Children of Heaven

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

Children of Heaven directed by Majid Majidi Children of Heaven wrings more suspense from its modest story and characters than any recent foreign film I can recall. During the final sequence, I had knots in my stomach, partly because the movie was coming together in thrillingly unexpected ways, thanks to the filmmaker’s old-style craftsmanship–a rare thing in this era of MTV cinema–but [&hellip
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Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

I had a scary dose of reality last Friday while snapping photos of wack-job Chris Brodeur and Robert Lederman for Andrey Slivka’s “New York City” piece this issue (page 15). Brodeur’s a trip: an intelligent man, with honest convictions about Manhattan’s problems in general, and Rudy Giuliani in particular. But without a proper kick in the groin he’ll rave on for [&hellip
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Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

She’s not two months into her new post as the Voice’s “Press Clips” columnist and already Cynthia Cotts’ copy glows with the sweaty sheen of desperation. Not that I keep myself up nights worrying about the careers of Voice writers, but she seems to be struggling. You wouldn’t have thought her predecessor Jim Ledbetter’s shoes would be so hard to [&hellip
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Interview with Christal Methodists’ Joel Schalit

Written by J.T. Leroy on . Posted in Posts

The Christal Methodists have been satirizing Christian and conservative media since 1992, most recently on two full-length CDs, 1997’s New World Odour and 1998’s Satanic Ritual Abuse. They do it simply by turning preachers’ and radio talk show hosts’ words and voices against them, using loops and samples, sometimes goading them on with prank call-ins, sometimes simply sampling them over [&hellip
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