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March 2007 Archive

March 1, 2007

Screening Gotham: Everything's Jake With Fincher

Also: Weinsteins play well with Others, Rock could be steadier

Nair Gets Local with Namesake

"It was much more the world that I inhabit ... than, say, Queens or Little India," filmmaker tells The Reeler

Raise the Red Lantern

Vintage Zhang revival a reminder of how much has changed in 16 years

92nd Street Y Announces Makor's New Tribeca Digs

Film, arts and culture programs to occupy more than 15,000 square feet on Hudson Street

March 2, 2007


Fincher's serial-killer opus goes long on details, falls short on intrigue

Black Snake Moan

Deep blues haunt Jackson and Ricci in stellar, sweltering Southern drama

Tempest in a Crackpot?

Unusual ethical questions arise as film writer battles GreenCine over yanked director interviews

Children’s Film Fest Brings Brains, Not Barney

Tenth anniversary of NYICFF features sophisticated picks for all ages

Screening Gotham: All-Positive Friday!

Inside: Staten Island's cinematic conquest, Post critic wedding announcements

March 4, 2007

The City's Other Rendez-Vous

Cahiers du Cinema editor Frodon flashes back to the '70s with program in NYC

March 5, 2007

Screening Gotham: Visa Woes Continue in NYC

Also: Sevigny sorry she sucked, homegrown Spider-Man 3 ready for... Tokyo

300 Has No Political Message. So What is the Message?

A vexed Snyder and Miller shrug off ideological allusions to NY press

Gasp! Will Documentaries Survive the Oscars?

Of open letters, Jerry Seinfeld and hearts on sleeves

Kirk Douglas Makes Date With 92nd Street Y

90-year-old icon to talk up new book, old legends and probably that pesky chopper crash

March 6, 2007

Screening Gotham: Premiere is Dead. Long Live Premiere!

Inside: Print vessel folds while online promises that 300 really, really is fascist

Arkin's Spoils of War: The iTunes Celebrity Playlist

Folk, jazz and a Tibetan Lama score big in Oscar-winner's curatorial triumph

March 7, 2007

Exterminating Angels

A director's innocence is at stake in cavalcade of onanism, hysteria and whorishness

March 8, 2007

Angels at My Table

Chatting with Brisseau and Co. about sex, violence and ... Tinto Brass?

Spartan Cinema

The Snyder/Miller collaboration could be the beginning of a beautiful, bloody friendship

Loach, Murphy Bring Mighty Wind to MoMA

Director and star attend NYC preview of Palme D'Or-winning Irish independence saga

Screening Gotham: "They Said It" Edition

Inside: Riefenstahl's biographers have it all over critics; Kiarostami conjures metaphors for metaphors

Woody in the News: Muse Edition

Allen to join Keaton fete at Lincoln Center, reunite with Scarlett on Barcelona project?

Google This: Magnolia Subpoenas User Names

Cuban, Bowles revive battle to keep content off YouTube

March 9, 2007

Host Mortem

Exploring the dark side of the monster blockbuster with director Bong Joon-ho

Screening Gotham: All-Positive Friday!

Inside: Hudson gets diplomatic, nervous; Harlem Stage on Screen doesn't want your hype

The Host

Korean deconstruction of the blockbuster offers powerful incitement, guiltless good fun

The Namesake

Coming of age means coming to terms with ancestry in Nair's lovingly embroidered adaptation

One Night Only: Maysles Cracks the Archives

Director in attendance at rare screening of '60s-era shorts and studio commissions

March 12, 2007

Meme of the Crop

Art Fag City: Blend of Web culture and centuries-old art movement is the year's best show so far

Screening Gotham: Hounddog Can Only Get Better, Right? Right???

Also: Panahi and Kiarostami talk; NYPD lays down hard line on Busta Rhymes

Tribeca Sneak Peek: The Features

Competition line-ups set; Jolie, Spidey 3 and Fred Durst (?) in rumor mill

March 13, 2007

Screening Gotham: Escape From Are You Shitting Me?

Also: Harvey slips into something a little more comfortable; IndieFilmPedia -- four entries down, 2,498,807 to go

Andrew Sarris Likes to Watch

The greatest films of all time get terrific new climaxes for every viewing

Brooklyn Dodger: Glover Pops Foul, Flees in Court Tangle

Putative meeting for "movie project" ends with actor/producer fighting mad

More Tribeca: Whitaker Premiere, Dawson Revenge

Also: Firestone's doc Attica revived, actors get behind the camera

IFC Center, Matchmaker

Marquee marriage proposal first ever to invoke Lynch, Brisseau and Michael Caton-Jones

March 14, 2007

Scenes From the Siege

A pair of documentaries at Film Forum unearth haunting, surreal images of WWII

Screening Gotham: Scott Rudin Has Friends Everywhere

Also: Lethem not quite, just sort of giving it away; what Steve Buscemi and The Host have in common

Canada Front and Center at MoMA

Polley opens series of new films with Away From Her, Q&A

March 15, 2007

Screening Gotham: Cuts and More Cuts For Grind House?

Also: Daniel Craig makes Shortbus cameo (kind of); Lindsay Lohan gives paparazzi a ride

"It's About Instinct"

Sarah Polley and Olympia Dukakis on national cinema and the aching drama of Away From Her

From Borat to Bruno to ... Veber?

On his way out of New York, French comedy legend talks about the other Sacha Baron Cohen film in the works

More Tribeca: Fred Durst Breaks Through

Also: Elijah Wood gets drafted, Family Festival picks 10

The Reeler Cleans Out the Inbox

Inside: Great World of Sound goes to Magnolia; sacrifice your credit card for a movie ticket

March 16, 2007

I Think I Love My Wife

Rock's mainstream stab at depicting affluent black life suffers from a split-personality plot

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Ken Loach's IRA rebellion epic a study in how movements are made and unmade

American Cannibal

Sublimely cynical look at the reality TV business may be too good to be true

Of Rock and Rohmer

The actor/director on Chloe, comedy and getting personal in I Think I Love My Wife

Screening Gotham: All-Positive Friday!

Inside: Talkin' Walken; who did Kyle Smith piss off this time?

Fashion Slate

U.K.'s Fashion In Film festival tailors a century of cinema style for inaugural NYC run

March 19, 2007

When the Doctor Was In

Doc highlighting Hunter Thompson's last crusade gets NYC premiere

Screening Gotham: Post vs. Soderbergh. Again.

Inside: Gossip powerhouse demands historical accuracy; Anthony Lane has a question for you

Happy Birthday, Harvey!

The Flushing Kid celebrates the big 5-5!

More Tribeca: Shorts, Schools and Baseball

Shorts by Plympton and Stiles among premieres; Bronx kids screen three, then their own

March 20, 2007

Screening Gotham: Reign Over 3,000 Miles Away

Also: Maysles just wants to see you happy; filmmakers become comic-book heroes

Radio Free Hickenlooper

Filmmaker reviews career on podcast, including something about some Sienna Miller movie

STF Triple Whammy: Michael Moore, Billy The Kid and Czech Dream

Latest SXSW-winning doc joins Traverse City FF highlight; Moore in person

March 21, 2007

Reeler Roundtable: The New Yorkers of New Directors/New Films (Part Two)

Loktev, Zalla and Zobel on the festival, distribution challenges and dealing with critics

"I'm In a Lot of Movies"

Moore talks Traverse City, doesn't talk Manufacturing Dissent at NYC appearance

Reeler Roundtable: The New Yorkers of New Directors/New Films (Part One)

Zobel, Loktev and Zalla bring their work home for NYC premieres

Guggenheim Sticks to the Truth

In Reeler exclusive, Oscar-winner dismisses latest round of skeptics and naysayers

TONIGHT: Reeler Screening Series Continues with Air Guitar Nation

Bjorn Turoque, director Lipsitz and Co. to pay visit for Q&A

Hoax Hoopla: Whither the Twin Towers?

World Trade Center disappears in Hallstrom's period Manhattan

March 22, 2007


A soccer game provides fertile ground for examination of Iran's treacherous gender divide

Journey From the Fall

Worthy cause meets confused effect in post-Vietnam POW drama

Color Me Kubrick

Real-life Kubrick impersonator's story gets the feather-light farce treatment

Air Guitar Nation

Endearing characters and charming trash talk keep air guitar doc rocking

Reign Over Me

Sandler steps up to nearly redeem scattershot 9/11 postlude

Screening Gotham: Almodóvar's Women, Scorsese's Men

Also: The fuzzy reality of On the Bowery; Cuarón tolerates your questions

More Tribeca: All Access Slate Revealed

32 projects selected for Institute's industry outreach program

Sundance at BAM Gets Local for '07

The Reeler talks to BAMcinematek's Almozini about strong shorts, surprise picks

March 23, 2007

Heavy Snow

Children of Men co-writer (and Astoria kid) Mark Fergus makes directing debut with First Snow

Screening Gotham: All-Positive Friday!

Inside: Netflix for free in Brooklyn! Lily Tomlin forgives! DiCaprio and Winslet get even more tragic!

"Awfully Good": Lumet Recounts Network in NYC

Chayefsky, Dunaway and Finch among talking points at standing-room-only Academy screening

Once Twice: Carney's Gem Screens in NYC

Irish filmmaker chats about ND/NF premiere and the challenge of the modern musical

March 26, 2007

Stop the Presses

A look at what's broken in contemporary film criticism -- and how to fix it

Screening Gotham: Stiles Styles Elle Commercial?

Also: Verhoeven on baby-making; Schulberg on what makes Sammy stall

March 27, 2007

Screening Gotham: Blades of Glory Concussion Edition

Inside: New Yorkers' Glory at Sea gets trailer; Rudin honored for contributions to office terror

Spike Lee Counsels Indies on Directing, Dentistry

Filmmaker hands down wisdom to no-budget auteurs vying for LiveMansion crown

March 28, 2007

B-ing There

Film Forum's B Musicals series revives star-studded back-lot bargains of the '40s, '50s and '60s

The Hawk is Dying

A midlife crisis is a midlife crisis, but a hawk is so much more than a hawk in leaden drama

Screening Gotham: NYT Weighs in on New Directors

Also: Lumenick's grindhouse tour, YouTube revelations trickle out from Tube Time! competitors-to-be

Going Underground

Experimental, sexploitation and short finds populate 14th NY Underground Film Festival

Adrienne Shelly Foundation Names First Initiatives

Columbia University, IFP, NYU and others combine resources to aid women filmmakers

March 29, 2007

The Lookout

Veteran screenwriter's directorial debut true to noir-ish, antihero form

After the Wedding

Outrageous confluence of worst-case scenarios pushes Danish/Indian melodrama beyond the pale

Screening Gotham: You Can't Fire Mia Farrow, Because She Quits

Also: Nanny Diaries springs forward and falls back; what the hell is this "underground," anyway?

Nobody Puts Tribeca in the Corner

Dirty Dancing revival spearheads Drive-In series; panels and more youth programs set as well

March 30, 2007

Killer Freed After 30 Years

Charles Burnett discusses survival, restoration and the mythology of his classic Killer of Sheep

Screening Gotham: All-Positive Friday!

Inside: Baldwin offering his own take on the G.I. Bill; Clooney's confidence worth $1 million

Scott Frank Off Short List for Next Michael Bay Project

Hot-shot screenwriter-turned-director could teach action hack a thing or two

Bier's Wedding Party

Danish director opens Oscar-nominated pageant of pathos in NYC

Golden Tickets: This Year, Tribeca Will Cost You

Report: 50 percent jump could set viewers back as much as $25 for high-profile screenings

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