ON_LINE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

SCREENING AT THE PIONEER THEATER IN NEW YORK CITY, JANUARY 10TH! “On_Line” takes the conventional New Yawk romantic comedy and blasts it through cyberspace. Jed Weintrob’s DV feature is sweet-natured at its core but also frothingly sexual, slathered with filthy talk and porny visuals…


Posted on January 10, 2005 by

ZOOEY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Shot in just two weeks on a budget of $20,000, “Zooey” is a grim and gritty urban tale that somehow manages to radiate a touching hope in humanity even under the most dire, even tragic circumstances…


Posted on December 6, 2004 by

GUERRILLA: THE TAKING OF PATTY HEARST

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Any student of recent U.S. history must be familiar with the incredible-but-true story of Patty Hearst’s abduction by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a radical militant fringe group. “Guerrilla” is a riveting account of this demented and scarcely believable American story…


Posted on November 28, 2004 by

THE CONTROL ROOM

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

SEE IT BEFORE YOU VOTE! In the end, the greatest achievement of “Control Room” may be to simply remind us, as Americans, that in this age of mega-corporate U.S. news media there are other perspectives on world events besides those of Fox, CNN, MSNBC-ABCBS and whoever else feeds us our information…


Posted on October 27, 2004 by

GO FURTHER

4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

IN THEATERS! You might have read about the event Mann chronicles in “Go Further”: a 2001 bus tour, from Seattle down to Los Angeles, with Harrelson and a band of like-minded folks along for the ride, spreading their message of “simple organic living…”


Posted on October 10, 2004 by

DIG!

4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! The smashing new rockumentary “DIG!” tells the fascinating, horrifying and hilarious tale of two ’60s obsessed young American bands, the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre…


Posted on October 1, 2004 by

TOM DOWD & THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC

5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

PLAYING IN LOS ANGELES! In an era when most pop and rock music – not to mention the dreaded “modern R&B” genre – has been polished, processed and overproduced into irrelevance, it’s hard to imagine that a man like Dowd could leave such a monumental legacy by, if anything, underproducing his acts…


Posted on August 13, 2004 by

GARDEN STATE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 112 minutes

IN THEATERS! The chemistry between Braff and Portman and their characters goes a long way, saving the film when it takes a few too many bizarre plot/location turns and overplays its dramatic hand towards the finish…


Posted on August 2, 2004 by

METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER

4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Metallica had boiled hard rock down to its essence, sent ’80s poodle-hair metal packing, soldiered on while Guns N’ Roses imploded, and blazed a trail for the introspective, intelligent skull-thumping of Nirvana and the Seattle grunge brigade.
But by the late ’90s, the inevitable decline had begun…


Posted on July 9, 2004 by

FAHRENHEIT 9/11

4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 116 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Fahrenheit 9/11” is everything you’ve heard: sad and funny, revealing and compelling, entertaining, devastating. For those who believe our country has been in deep trouble since the 2000 (S)election, the film will be – in the words of Neil Young, whose “Rockin’ in the Free World” plays over the end credits – a “milepost on the road back to America…”


Posted on June 24, 2004 by

I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

Now Hodges and Owen have reunited, and the ungainly “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” is the result. How ungainly? Well, any film whose plot takes off from an act of anal rape is likely to be…a tough sit…


Posted on June 18, 2004 by

TOGBE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

“Togbe” is a fast-paced and fascinating portrait of one man, a funny sort of man at that…


Posted on April 9, 2004 by

DON’T STOP BELIEVING: “TRIBUTE” FILMMAKERS

PREMIERING ON SHOWTIME, APRIL 5TH, 9PM! “Tribute” introduces us to people so desperate to live out their rock n’ roll dreams, they’ll pretend to be someone else. Meet the filmmakers behind this riotously funny rockumentary…



Posted on April 2, 2004 by

WALKENTALK

4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

SXSW 2004 NARRATIVE SHORT SELECTION! Who among us hasn’t tried to solve the eternal mystery of what it is, exactly, about how Christopher Walken…talks? It has something to do with obliterating all punctuation, putting in pauses and inflections where no one else would, and redirecting intonation at the end of every sentence…or something…


Posted on March 20, 2004 by

HOW TO DRAW A BUNNY

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

OPENING MARCH 12TH AT THE SUNSET 5 IN LOS ANGELES! Ray Johnson was a mystery wrapped in an enigma who lived his life like a Pop Art performance piece. His final masterpiece may well have been his own death…


Posted on March 9, 2004 by

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