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    Holy spiritHoly spirit:  Pavel Lungin’s The Island
    The Russian-Jewish filmmaker Pavel Lungin made his reputation as a post-Soviet Scorsese.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Bravo Rivo!Bravo Rivo!:  Plus Flickipedia
    September 30 was a delicious day for this secular Jew
    By: GERALD PEARY


    The Ingmar imbroglioThe Ingmar imbroglio:  Plus the Manhattan Short Film Fest
    There hasn’t been such a stir among film critics for years.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Open cityOpen city:  The 2007 Toronto Film Festival
    In the pioneering early-’80s days of the Toronto Film Festival, the audience actually rose before movie showings for a canned recording of “God Save the Queen.”
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Yankee know-howYankee know-how:  Telluride’s new American wave?
    Back from the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, I proclaim a renaissance of American cinema.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Midnight paparazzo?Midnight paparazzo?:  Delirious over Delirious; plus underground
    Midnight Cowboy, that Oscar-winning classic of subterranean New York City, gets the homage it deserves with the wry, amusing Delirious.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Critical lapsesCritical lapses:  When the reviewer becomes the reviewee
    Am I the only film critic with this vainglorious dream?
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Taking sidesTaking sides:  The Devil Came on Horseback; La faute à Fidel
    Have you been remiss in taking a stand on the killing war in Darfur because the situation there seems too complex to understand?
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Kid stuffKid stuff:  An idyllic Summercamp!, a brutal This Is England
    The three-week getaway at Swift Nature Camp is definitely idyllic.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Soleil brothersSoleil brothers:  Plus, Timeloses face and the Tribune loses a critic
    Wasn’t Jean-Bertrand Aristide the good-guy Haitian president, democratically elected and then unfairly driven into exile by right-wing thugs?
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Auteur of AfricaAuteur of Africa:  Ousmane Sembene, 1924–2007; plus, Sound of the Soul
    What I admired most about Ousmane Sembene was his courageous, lifetime commitment to women’s rights.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Normandy callingNormandy calling:  Bruno Dumont’s Flandres, plus Edward Yang
    The last time I saw Paris, it certainly wasn’t in a film by Bruno Dumont.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Lost auteurLost auteur:  Oscar Micheaux, plus El método
    There’s no business like Micheaux business.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Tour de forceTour de force:  Gypsy Caravan, You Kill Me
    Two movies push at each other within Jasmine Dellal’s Gyspy Caravan, which opens this Friday, July 6, at the Kendall Square.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Franken-Guy!Franken-Guy!:  Brand upon the Brain!, plus Bellocchio
    Why not the Hub?
    By: GERALD PEARY


    China not so fairChina not so fair:  Plus Judith Scott and Vietnam
    Feeling self-righteous about having recycled your dinosaur computer?
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Well hungWell hung:  Mala Noche and Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
    Gus Van Sant’s arresting first feature, the 1985 Mala Noche, was a raw, libidinous tale of homosexual desire.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Stage craftStage craft:  The magic in ShowBusiness and Casting About
    If your escape to New York must include a tune-filled stage show, then the documentary of your dreams is ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Hopper speaksHopper speaks:  Plus the original Rin Tin Tin
    I recall meeting an artist who hung with Edward Hopper during the summers he spent on the Lower Cape.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Jaglom dreams onJaglom dreams on:  And psychiatry gets The Treatment
    For his shaky, pretentious first film, A Safe Place, Henry Jaglom conned Orson Welles into playing a magician.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Golden anniversaryGolden anniversary:  The SF Film Fest turns 50
    Happy 50th anniversary to the San Francisco Film Festival.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Road rulesRoad rules:  Andrea Arnold takes on Lars von Trier
    Dogme is out, done for, as are Lars von Trier’s sly strictures on making Dogme films: only natural lighting, the actors must wear their real clothes, etc.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Sick puppySick puppy:  Sleeping Dogs Lie and Boy Culture
    Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait’s audacious premise for his 2006 feature Sleeping Dogs Lie did him in.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Political MovementPolitical Movement:  And who will dig Diggers?
    Jeff Silva and Alla Kovgan are the curators of the long-going Balagan Film Series at the Coolidge Corner, and also estimable cinéastes in their own right.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Rock-star movesRock-star moves:  Air Guitar Nation at the Brattle
    Hey, you American Idol drudges, exit your cave for a contest just as colossally dumb but a gazillion times zanier: Alexandra Lipsitz’s documentary Air Guitar Nation.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Tiger balmTiger balm:  And Kazuo Hara at the HFA
    Here’s a sunny movie-world tale.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Perversion, introversionPerversion, introversion:  Slavoj Zizek at Harvard, Bergman on Fårö
    Slavoj Zizek, the fuzzy-bearded Slovenian philosopher, seems a fun guy.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Pit bullsPit bulls:  And the Brattle’s WW2 flicks
    They’re called “festival films,” movies that resonate with the serious, eager-minded who attend fests but have little chance in the Darwinian world of theatrical release.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Michael and meMichael and me:  Moore’s the pity at SxSW
    Arriving in Austin for the South by Southwest Film Festival, Mr. Film Culture was one swell-chested dude.
    By: GERALD PEARY


    For kids of all agesFor kids of all ages:  Ty Burr, plus Jean-Claude Brisseau
    In this spineless age of ours, what more rueful sight than a child maneuvering his/her cowed parents to some insulting CGI movie?
    By: GERALD PEARY


    Learning experienceLearning experience:  The predictable curve of Starter for Ten and Islander
    “You’re not going to turn into a wanker?” It’s 1985, and homie Spencer is worried that his pal Brian is going to put on airs when off at university.
    By: GERALD PEARY


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BLOGS
  Funny Gamesnanship
posted at 7:18 PM / 10.26.2007
  Terror campaign
posted at 6:23 PM / 10.24.2007
  More Lust, More Caution: Ang Lee II
posted at 6:11 PM / 10.10.2007
  Cautionary tale: Lee on "Lust"
posted at 4:38 PM / 10.5.2007
  Women with guns
posted at 6:00 PM / 10.2.2007
  Character "Assassination"
posted at 6:42 PM / 9.21.2007
  Battle fatigue: has the Iraq film surge already fizzled?
posted at 6:25 PM / 9.18.2007
  I love it when they call me Big Grandma
posted at 4:28 PM / 10.15.2007
  The Blackout challenge
posted at 3:00 PM / 10.12.2007
  Unsexy my butt
posted at 12:50 PM / 10.12.2007
  Brady's too sexy for his real job
posted at 4:23 PM / 10.11.2007
  The Price Is Right, potty, and $10, 000 plinko
posted at 11:34 AM / 10.11.2007
  Magazine cover-model mayhem
posted at 11:06 AM / 10.11.2007
  Rainbows and Tea
posted at 5:34 PM / 10.10.2007


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