By Harlan Jacobson
Love it or hate it, Lars von Trier’s latest cinematic experiment pushes a lot of buttons. Churlish anti-American diatribe or courageous critique of U.S. hypocrisy and corruption? Either way, it’s the Movie of the Moment.
By Geoffrey O’Brien and Chris Norris
At the halfway mark in Quentin Tarantino’s reinvention of the martial-arts movie, the body count is over 100—revenge may be sweet, but it sure is messy. Two takes on the art of the avid fan.
IN THE CUT
By Amy Taubin
In this story of murder, misogyny, and dark desire, sexual politics becomes a dance between predators and prey in which every man is a suspect and women look for love in all the wrong places. Jane Campion enters the lurid world of the psychosexual thriller.
TIME OF REVENGE
By John Magary
This year’s winner of the annual Grand Marnier Film Fellowship essay competition detects the subversive impulse hidden within Adolfo Aristarain’s tight, sardonic thriller, made during the darkest days of Argentina’s Dirty War.
MOVIE MUSIC 1933-2001 PART 1: HOLLYWOOD
By John Caps
From King Kong to Waking Life: a chronological guide to 101 essential film scores, encapsulating the history and evolution of the form, beginning in the Thirties with the rise of the European Romantic tradition and continuing through the emergence of jazz, avant-garde, and pop influences in the postwar era.
News, Guilty Pleasures: Jeff Bridges, Distributor Wanted: Ford Transit by Elizabeth Helfgott, Letters
Atilla Dorsay on Istanbul
Tim Burton’s Big Fish by Dave Kehr
SOUND & VISION
Sun Ra: Space Is the Place by Chuck Stephens & Jeremy Blake by Chris Chang
Eight critics rate 25 new releases
“The Man with the Movie Camera” by Gabriel Brownstein
The Fog of War by Paul Arthur, 21 Grams by Alissa Quart, and Ripley’s Game by Gary Indiana
The Dream of Life by Elizabeth Helfgott
VIDI VIDI VIDI
To Live and Die in L.A. by Gavin Smith, Seabiscuit by Kent Jones, The Work of Director Spike Jonze by Nicole Armour
Who’s who at recent Film Society events