Archive for January, 2005

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda

| January 15, 2005

It is 1994. Rwanda has no oil, or other natural resources that are overly valuable to the West, so when a war breaks out, well actually, a massacre, between the two tribes that inhabit the country, nothing is done, and the manager of a 5-star hotel owned by Dutch interests does what he can to […]

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Born Into Brothels

Born Into Brothels

| January 15, 2005

The possibility of my uttering either of these two expressions as a child was about the same as the possibility of my becoming as rich as Bill Gates now. Yet, there they were on screen, two Indian children in Calcutta’s red light district, saying these things to filmmaker Zana Briski in her new documentary Born […]

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Alexandra’s Project

Alexandra’s Project

| January 15, 2005

If you are looking for a film to launch a debate on sexual politics with your significant other, Alexandra’s Project is the film for you. Written and directed by Rolf de Heer (The Tracker), it is hard to imagine any two people (particularly if one is a woman and one a man) in total agreement […]

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White Noise

White Noise

| January 14, 2005

When I first heard about White Noise coming out, I was totally stoked. Hearing voices of the deceased in your stereo? Seeing the dead on your television screen? Ever since I first heard little Carol Ann’s voice calling out from the TV set in Poltergeist, I had been curious as to what else our modern-day […]

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10 Minutes: Would You Put Your House on the Line for a Career in the Movies?

10 Minutes: Would You Put Your House on the Line for a Career in the Movies?

| January 12, 2005

Two years ago, young twenty-something Producer Dean Fisher set out to make a film that looked like any other you would go see at your local cinema. All he had was a self-penned, (though award-winning) short film script called Ten Minutes, and not a whole lot else. No cast, no crew and certainly no equipment. […]

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Swades

Swades

| January 5, 2005

From Ashutosh Gowariker, the director of Lagaan, comes a movie about an Indian who returns to his native land for the first time in 12 years. Mohan has been living in New York all that time, and has become a very successful scientist working for NASA. Shahrukh Khan (Main Hoon Na ,Hey Ram) plays Mohan, […]

The Sword of Doom

The Sword of Doom

| January 5, 2005

This crisp, beautiful samurai film follows an unscrupulous young swordsman who operates as both victim and catalyst to a complicated series of revenge schemes. During the mid-1800s, Japanese society slipped into a chaotic time, with the Shogunate falling into danger from democratic reformers, Secular modernists, power hungry warlords, and licentious gangsters. Amidst this rampant corruption […]

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Beyond the Sea

Beyond the Sea

| January 3, 2005

When was the last time you left the movie theater snapping your fingers, whistling and tapping your feet? Perhaps not too often, but Beyond the Sea, the biopic about the life of Bobby Darin, delivers just that feel. This movie goes down as smooth as “two fingers” of Scotch with cool musical numbers, the witty […]

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Bad Education

Bad Education

| January 3, 2005

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar once again returns to the world of drag queens and junkies and hustlers and artists while getting down to some grand gay myth-making in this noirish twisty about victims and predators and the loss of innocence. Enrique, a burgeoning filmmaker in a creative crisis, greets childhood friend Ignacio whom he hasn’t […]

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Angel Dust

Angel Dust

| January 3, 2005

This strange hybrid thriller cum horror film follows an unorthodox psychiatrist who beings to crack when working a serial killer case. Alternating between the swarming cities and the chipped, dark, desolate places in the earth, Japanese director Sogo Ishii seems to find population pressures ruining our cities, and the thanatos syndrome tainting everything else. Cities […]