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The Year in Film – 2000

It’s hard to believe, but in 2000, we reviewed somewhere in the neighborhood of 260 films at filmcritic.com. But the truly unfathomable thing is not the sheer number of releases, but rather that the vast majority of them were not…

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What’s So Great About Steven Soderbergh?

Steven Soderbergh has had one hell of a year, having achieved some much-deserved exposure for his mainstream breakthroughs, Erin Brockovich and Traffic. More impressive is that he hasn’t backed down from his experimental, irreverent approach to filmmaking. Independent single mom…

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Dusan Makavejev: Or, the Case of the Messed-Up Serbian Director

In January 2001, six long-unavailable films by Yugoslavian director Dusan Makavejev earn their freedom from the vaults to provide some insight into the seldom-seen Eastern European cinema, and what a sight it is. In two of his early films from…

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Ich bin ein Clevelander: The 2000 Ohio Independent Film Festival

Of all the cities in America, Cleveland may just go down in history as the first to declare itself sovereign. This proud little town, with a sports tradition that has spawned such films as Major League I and II, and…

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Witt’s Beginning: Alicia Witt Struts Her Stuff in the New Comedy “Playing Mona Lisa”

It’s funny, but the very last thing you expect when you knock on the door of Alicia Witt’s hotel room is that Alicia Witt will actually answer it. Meeting the stunning 25-year-old star of TV’s Cybill, Urban Legend, Mr. Holland’s…

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One on One with Mr. Hauser

Cole Hauser is one of those low profile actors that’s been surfing around Hollywood for the past ten years, working with high profile directors like John Singleton, Richard Linklater, Gus Van Sant, and Stephen Fears. Hauser has been seen in…

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The Big Pig Meets the Silver Screen: The 2000 Boston Film Festival

To get a feel for the Boston Film Festival, which wrapped on September 18, it helps to know Boston. The city is a vibrant, diverse collection of small neighborhoods with a distinctively New England flavor, yet is aspires to be…

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“Virgin” Tendencies: Sofia Coppola Takes on Filmmaking

In anticipation of meeting the Princess of the Coppola family, I expected to encounter a woman from an altogether different echelon. I envisioned a diva from a rare and unique class, not merely wealthy, but worldly, exotic, and alluring. In…

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Falling Back: An interview with Tom Gilroy, writer/director of “Spring Forward”

‘I’m not a technical genius,’ Gilroy admits as the conversation shifts into his no-coaxing tactic of working with actors. Yet Gilroy’s own admonition of a lack of technical proficiency, his general humility, and his frank discussion of actors’ terminology do…

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Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out: An Interview with Mark Osborne, Director of “Dropping Out”

Mark Osborne and filmcritic.com staff member James Brundage recently talked about the media and its affect upon America today… without resorting to ultra-conservative clichés used after sensationalistic acts of violence. Mark Osborne: Dropping Out is about a bored guy living…

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