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Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Let’s compare mythologies

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Seattle-based writer Rebecca Brown has already established herself as one of the more promising and original voices in literature today. The End of Youth, her latest collection of seamlessly blended short fiction and essays, follows The Terrible Girls, Annie Oakley’s Girl and The Dogs, also from City Lights. Straightforward,...

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Sculpting wilderness

Artist Andy Goldsworthy’s studio is the big, wide world.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Here’s a very different film about art, one that shows Scottish environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy at work in the great outdoors. Exquisitely filmed on various American and European locations, it lets us hang with an artist at peace with the world and in awe of it. A must see for anyone interested in contemporary art.

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Man on the Train

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Directed by Patrice Leconte, this is the story of two men of seemingly opposite personalities who meet at a point in their lives when they're both ready for a change and who see in each other an attractive approach to living that has so far eluded them – with Johnny Hallyday and Jean Rochefort.

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Together

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2003 at 12:00 AM

China has long been known as a breeding ground for musical prodigies, a fact that Chen Kaige takes as the basis for his movie that explores the bond between a motherless violin phenom and his instrument (and more importantly his father), with an eye on adolescence and a sonata’s worth of schmaltz.

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City of Ghosts

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Actor Matt Dillon's directorial debut is decent B-movie pulp wrapped up in a pretentious package. There's not much going on beneath the old-fashioned thieves-falling-out plot and it all could have benefited from an old b-movie virtue, namely tightness – with James Caan and Gerard Depardieu.

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2 Fast 2 Furious

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The Fast and the Furious, while not exactly a work of art, was at least artful in its entertainment – good times with great action and unbelievable rides. 2 Fast 2 Furious straddles the line between good bad movie and bad bad movie for a short while, but that isn’t enough.

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Graphic Iran

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2003 at 12:00 AM

That Pantheon has made Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis its flagship graphic-novel release for the year is no surprise. The story Satrapi tells — about her childhood in Iran, as the country transformed from a Westernized dictatorship into an Islamic theocracy and then went to war with Iraq — couldn't be more...

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Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Primal teens

A jittery, jangly look at the raw insides of alienated kids.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Visually, this fresh film lives up to its title, going from caffeine-overdose jitters to seismic quakes, as if director Jordan Melamed is reaching for an atmosphere of free-floating adolescent anxiety. Don Cheadle is a staff psychologist guiding his teen patients through group therapy sessions at a mental institution — with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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The Italian Job

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The performances in this remake of a slick, Michael Caine caper movie are adequate and nothing more, which mirrors a script that lacks any character depth whatsoever. In this version, the co-conspirators are Edward Norton, Donald Sutherland, Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg.

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Wrong Turn

Posted By and on Wed, Jun 4, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Geezer: 1/2H / Weezer: 1/2H

Oh no, not again — another horror flick with unsuspecting twentysomethings traveling through the boonies and getting waylaid by dark forces. Rob Schmidt directed this rehash of clichés warmed over for the umpteenth time and, according to Weezer, "It’s awful."

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