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Asian Holiday: The 2002 San Francisco International Film Festival

During its most recent two weeks of cinematic bliss, the San Francisco International Film Festival continues to stand as both a contemporary exploration of world cinema, showcasing the still-vigorous spirit of independent filmmaking at its finest. Mixing together mainstream fodder,…

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Mirabelle: Our Afternoon with Mira Sorvino

With parts ranging from a squeaky-voiced hooker in Mighty Aphrodite all the way to a cross-dresser in Triumph of Love, Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino knows a thing or two about the acting trade. We sat down with the underexposed starlet during…

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Film Studies Essay Winners

The following essays are the top submissions to the freshman Film Studies course at King George V College, near Liverpool, England. We agreed to publish the best as a reward for the students. Congratulations to all the winners. The essays…

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Greek Treat: Nia Vardalos and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”

Two weeks after the premiere of her highly praised feature My Big Fat Greek Wedding, newcomer writer/actress Nia Vardalos can finally sit back on her laurels and enjoy the spoils of success. Not simply because her film has received accolades…

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Val Kilmer and D.J. Caruso: Swimming “The Salton Sea”

With a resume that includes Real Genius, The Doors, Batman Forever, Heat, Willow, and Top Gun, superstar Val Kilmer is a man that needs no introduction. His latest film The Salton Sea, opens on April 26, 2002. We sat down…

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Respectfully, Yours – Part 2: Eight Critics Review the Reviewers

Generally, the filmcritic.com staff gets along very well, adhering to the policy of one review per film. Every now and then, however, we feel compelled to strike down with great vengeance and furious anger upon our fellow critics. Mulholland Drive,…

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Heroes of filmcritic.com: Billy Wilder

In his impressive library of cinematic creations, Billy Wilder (1906-2002) was the complete filmmaker — producer, screenwriter, and director — able to work in various genres — musicals, romantic comedy, courtroom drama, film noir, and mysteries. Where would the cinema…

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The Ladies of “Margarita Happy Hour”

The following women collaborated on a rare, so-far ignored, gem on the independent scene at the moment, Margarita Happy Hour, which makes its New York theatrical debut on March 22, 2002. Margarita is an engaging portrait of coming to terms…

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Playing Chicken on “Mulholland Drive”: Two Critics Square Off

Kipp loved it, Null said he could take it or leave it. Words were said that might not ought to have been. A little blood was spilled. Three bones broken. All of this over a silly little movie called Mulholland…

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Down Under: The 2002 New York Underground Film Festival

Diversity was once again the keyword for the 9th Annual New York Underground Film Festival, combining new experiments from familiar faces (James Fotopoulos, Brian Frye, and Bradley Eros) and a celebration of the old guard (The Kuchar Brothers, Doris Wishman)….

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