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The Disney Industrial Complex and “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”

Say what you will, but the Disney juggernaut is a sight to behold. Recently, filmcritic.com sat down with a few of the biggest names in Disney, to discuss its big 2001 summer release (Atlantis) and the future of animation as…

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The 2001 Gen Art Film Festival

Manhattan’s Gen Art Film Festival (www.genart.org, May 2-8, 2001) operates on a unique premise – ‘7 premieres, 7 parties’ – and so its unique, condensed structure puts some pressure on it. With only seven features films playing (each accompanied by…

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Kiss My Lass: The Role of Women in Three Edward Burns Films

I think I’m the only person in the Western World who thoroughly enjoyed Edward Burns’ No Looking Back (1998). Not only did I feel it was a thoughtful examination of the working class blahs, but it was a big step…

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Zwart For Zwart’s Sake: Harald Zwart On Directing “One Night at McCool’s”

One Night at McCool’s is told Rashomon-style, following the misadventures of three lonely schlubs as they each fall head-over-heels in love with irresistible vixen Jewel (Liv Tyler). Through a web of flashbacks told from each man’s unreliable perspective, the object…

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Toon Time with John Lasseter

During our recent visit to Spike and Mike’s Classic Festival of Animation 2001, we sat down with John Lasseter — executive vice president of Pixar Studios and director of the animation classics Toy Story, Toy, and A Bug’s Life –…

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Beyond the Mind’s Eye: A Stanley Kubrick Retrospective

EDITOR: Who wants to cover the Kubrick Retrospective? JEREMIAH: I’ll do it! EDITOR: Okay, it’s yours. Fuck. What does one say about Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999), who has amassed one of the strongest bodies of work of any filmmaker in the…

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“Monsoon” Season: An Interview With James Ryan

Writer-director James Ryan makes his feature film debut with the decidedly offbeat family comedy, The Young Girl and the Monsoon. 13-year old Constance (Ellen Muth) is growing up faster than her weekend dad, Hank (Terry Kinney) can handle. When they’re…

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“Wendigo” Blues: An Interview With Larry Fessenden

How ironic that I had a nightmare about Larry Fessenden the night before attending the recent screening of his new scareflick, Wendigo, at Tribeca’s Screening Room here in New York. It wasn’t the movie that had me so spooked in…

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The Show Must Go On: The 2001 San Francisco International Film Festival

This year, while America is preoccupied with the economy, independent filmmakers continue to surprise us with challenging films in best tradition of the San Francisco International Film Festival. Presented by the San Francisco Film Society, the 44th San Francisco International…

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Mind Over Matter: Zack Winestine Discusses “States of Control”

States of Control is the explosive character study of a woman fed up with the artifice of modern life. Her philosophical journey leads her to a cathartic act of violence, so don’t expect to see your average indie film about…

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