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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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The Blossoms of “Harrison’s Flowers” – Andie MacDowell, Adrien Brody, and Elie Chouraqui

Given the surplus of information Americans are constantly bombarded with, it’s amazing to ponder just how much pertinent news has difficulty finding its way to the proper outlets. French director Elie Chouraqui’s new film (the ninth of his career), Harrison’s…

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From the Water to the Sky: “Baywatch” Star Alexandra Paul in “Rough Air”

Regular television viewers know Alexandra Paul as Lt. Stephanie Holden on Baywatch — but filmcritic.com readers may recall my utter lack of small screen pop culture knowledge when I confessed to an amused Michael Gross that I’d never seen an…

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The Brothers Kornbluth: Getting Their Systems Down

Making a successful independent film on a shoestring budget is a tough proposition for anybody. But for brothers Josh and Jacob Kornbluth, the challenge was made greater because they had no real filmmaking experience. Armed with a bunch of pizza…

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Penelope Spheeris: Selling Her Soul For Cinema

Twenty plus years working both within and way outside the Hollywood system has produced one of the most eclectic of female film directors working today -Penelope Spheeris. Since her early days working with Lorne Michaels and Saturday Night Live, Spheeris…

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All About the Cube: A Conversation with Ice Cube and Mike Epps

‘It’s having some control of your own destiny in a way,’ explains rapper-cum-actor-cum-movie producer Ice Cube about his production company, which just put out All About the Benjamins. ‘In Hollywood, you can become a guy who’s just waiting for the…

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The End of the World at the 2002 San Francisco Independent Film Festival

Note to Robert Redford: Just because Christina Ricci produced a film doesn’t make it a real independent. The San Francisco Independent Film Festival always eschews celebrity vanity projects like Ricci’s Pumpkin, tall in its encouragement of real indie films, bringing…

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The 2002 Oscars: Blame It on the Elves

I guess it’s something of a tradition now — our annual Oscar handicapping. We did so badly last year (averaging only about 50% on our picks) we can’t really do much worse. But with an exceptionally weak year like 2001…

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