LORD OF THE RINGS
By Graham Fuller
Clocking in at over nine hours (not counting the additional scenes on the DVDs), The Lord of the Rings has earned its place among film history’s incontestable epics. Now that the trilogy is complete, we can begin to appreciate Peter Jackson’s awe-inspiring cinematic achievement and majestic vision.
By Frédéric Bonnaud
Like his other films, Secret Things combines elements of melodrama, fantasy, and social realism, investigates questions of power, class, and sexual politics, and evades clear-cut classification. Welcome to the twisted universe of Jean-Claude Brisseau, one of French cinema’s best-kept secrets.
WILLIAM A. WELLMAN
By Bertrand Tavernier
Andrew Sarris categorized him as “Less Than Meets the Eye,” but a partial survey of his 77-title body of work uncovers a pattern of contradictions, unexpected choices, and perverse moves that suggests its time for a rethink.
FINAL CUT 2003
Movies that Mattered Elephant/Gerry, Capturing the Friedmans/The Fog of War/My Architect, Funny Ha Ha, El Bonaerense, In This World, The Human Stain, Panels for the Walls of Heaven/Chinese Series, Rana’s Wedding/Ford Transit/Ticket to Jerusalem, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Mystic River, Lost In Translation
Contributors: Paul Arthur, Elizabeth Helfgott, Harlan Jacobson, Kent Jones, and Amy Taubin
Inessential Cinema: Critics Rank 2003’s Guilty Pleasures Willard, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Imagining Argentina, Honey, Bruce Almighty, Final Destination 2, Kangaroo Jack, Love, Actually, Le Divorce, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Head of State
Contributors: Maitland McDonagh, Nathan Lee, Olaf Möller, Matthew Plouffe, Jonathan Romney, Mark Olsen, Chris Chang, Alice Lovejoy, Michael Koresky, Chris Norris, Alissa Quart
MORE IS LESS: Hollywood’s sequel addiction explained by “Jedediah Leland”
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL: Harvey Pekar overpowers the Hulk by Harlan Jacobson
Terra Incognita by Chris Darke, Shigehiko Hasumi, Alexander Horwath, Gary Indiana, Harlan Jacobson, Kent Jones, Alice Lovejoy, Olaf Möller, and Jonathan Romney
THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE: Charlie’s Angels and the stuck-together centerfold by Chuck Stephens
Best Movie Soundtracks of 2003 by John Caps
By Nathan Lee
Self-exiled American avant-garde film pioneer Gregory Markopoulos died in 1991—but his visionary plan to re-edit, preserve, and present his oeuvre In the form of the 80-hour Eniaios is about to be realized.
By Grover Lewis
A close encounter with the eccentric cult character actor who stole scenes in two Kubrick classics and tangled with Wilder, Brando, Coppola, and Cassavetes.
Plus: a look at The World’s Greatest Sinner, the little-seen indie oddity written, produced, and directed by Carey
By Alan Light
News, Guy Maddin’s Jolly Corner: Wild Boys of the Road (1933), Letters
Olaf Möller on Zelimir Zilnik
Alain Resnais’s Not on the Lips by Frédéric Bonnaud
SOUND & VISION
The After Dinner Collection by Chris Norris and Lothar Baumgarten by Chris Chang
Eight critics rate 25 new releases
Annemarie Jacir by Amy Taubin
MOVIE OF THE MOMENT
Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers by Larry Gross
Vancouver by Chuck Stephens
“Movie Beast” by Mary Woronov
Monster by Gary Indiana, Crimson Gold by Richard Combs, Cold Mountain by Michael Koresky, and ( )by Paul Arthur
Colin MacCabe’s Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy by J. Hoberman
VIDI VIDI VIDI
Star Trek—The Motion Pictures by Gavin Smith, Naked Lunch by Nathan Lee, All Time Greatest Hits by Guy Maddin, One from the Heart by Kent Jones, Avalon by Graham Leggat, Alien Quadrilogy by Amy Taubin, 4 Flicks by Chris Chang
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