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Now Playing at Hollywood Video: First Rites Screening Series

With an enormous glut of independent films being financed and produced every year, there’s no way for all to catch the big brass ring. There’s not enough theater space to accommodate everyone. To be fair, this is both good and…

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Heroes of filmcritic.com: J.T. Walsh

Oftentimes, I’ll be watching a movie where some ham actor is ruining a perfectly good villain, and I’ll think to myself that this is a role J.T. Walsh should have played. Walsh, who was only 54 when he died in…

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Halfway to Hell: filmcritic.com’s Mid-Year Roundup, 2001

We’re six lonely months into 2001, a time of such pathetically dismal cinema that I feel akin to Scatman Crothers roving the halls of the Overlook. ‘Hello? Anybody here? HELLOOOOOOO? ANYBODY HERE?’ Instead of Jack Nicholson jumping out with an…

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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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