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The Year in Film – 2001

2001 is not so much a year of bad film, but a year of such obsessively hyped and massively overrated junk that it’s hard to tell the difference between the good, the bad, and the simply mediocre. Most of the…

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John Singleton: Working with Soul

At the age of 22, John Singleton hit the independent film scene and ultimately the mainstream movie scene with a big blow to the chest — with his harrowing coming-of-age in the South Central tale Boyz N the Hood. From…

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“Steaming Slits”: The 2001 Z Film Festival

December spawned a monster. The 2nd Annual Z Film Festival runs for two days (Dec. 8 & 10) at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Program Director Kristie Drew describes the underground cinema content as, ‘The slimy and messy…

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Dear Santa: A Film Critics’ Christmas, 2001

Dearest Santa, The filmcritic.com staff has been very good this year. Some of us sat through Pearl Harbor, while others cringed as an all-star cast was abused in America’s Sweethearts. And then there was Soul Survivors. And Domestic Disturbance. Well,…

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Heroes of filmcritic.com: William Holden

William Holden is a name unknown to most of the general public these days. A prolific actor working within and outside the Hollywood system for close to 40 years and starring in more than 70 movies, Holden’s mug was plastered…

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Documenting Life: A Conversation with D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus

It’s impossible to discuss the cinema verite movement without taking the work of this illustrious pair into account. From politics to music, the husband-wife team of D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus have been able to not only capture pivotal events,…

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Monster Mash: Halloween Movies at filmcritic.com

With Halloween right around the corner, movie buffs are sure to seek out their favorite scary movies. But what if Night of the Living Dead, Halloween, The Wolf Man, and Frankenstein have already been snatched off the video rack?…

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Noises in the Woods: The 2001 Mill Valley Film Festival

What a treat. This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival (just north of San Francisco) gave us a variety of studio-funded Oscar contenders, intriguing and insightful documentaries, and quirky foreign films — not to mention a slew of guest appearances and…

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Richard Linklater: Still Pushing the Envelope

If not one of the founding fathers of independent film, Richard Linklater is at least one of the uncles. Ten years ago, he took a camera and walked up and down the streets of his hometown Austin, Texas, to produce…

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Critics’ Conversation: The 2001 New York Film Festival

JEREMIAH KIPP: After the summer of our discontent, it was quite refreshing to have so many good (even great) movies emerge from the 39th Annual New York Film Festival. There were a lot of strong foreign films, but arguably the…

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