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October 2007 Archive

October 1, 2007

The News: Stuart Auteurs it Up for NYFF45

Also: Americans love a lawbreaker; Woodstock gets its close-up

Musty Orphans and Minor Tarr

Reeler @ NYFF: Shadowy festival imports fail to thrill despite rich art-house pedigree

October 2, 2007

The News: Cinetic Media, Eh?

Also: Sokurov finds an American buyer; breaking down the NYFF and Coney Island FF parties as only the Israels can

TODAY: Reeler Collides With IFC; None Survive

Reeler at NYFF: Submit your questions and insights to live Webcast from Lincoln Center

In With the New at South Asian Fest

Fourth annual event features premieres from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and... New York?

October 3, 2007

Lake of Fire

Kaye's epic abortion documentary proves as divisive as it is meticulously two-sided

The News: Army's NY/LA High-School Reunion

Also: Affleck's feelings are hurt; Sonnenfeld tries mulligan at Apple Store

Abel Minded

Reeler @ NYFF: From SoHo to Chelsea, trailing the tireless Ferrara's NYC odyssey

I'm Not There Isn't

Reeler @ NYFF: A skeptic greets Haynes's Dylan epic at Lincoln Center

October 4, 2007

Sleuth Sorts it Out in Chelsea

Don't call it a remake, Caine and Branagh tell NYC audience

The French Delegation

October promises biggest French cinema surge of the year for New York

The News: Today in List Clusterfuckery

Also: Landis contemplates Rickles; Sex and the City gets younger for big screen

The Heartbreak Kid

Heartbreak remake's upped gross-out quotient marks the Farrelly ethos back in effect

My Kid Could Paint That

Director Bar-Lev cops out on heady questions he raises about truth and art

Michael Clayton

Gilroy's moral thriller mimics skins of '70s mentors without attaining their soul

October 5, 2007

Bible, Kid New All Over Again

Reeler Flashback: Revisiting the Sundance debuts of Daniel Karslake and Amir Bar-Lev

Center of Gravity

Reeler reviews editor Michelle Orange surveys another of round of hits and misses at NYFF's halfway point

The News: All-Positive Friday!

Inside: Reeler sides with Kaufman (twice!); Scott over the moon as NYFF rolls into second week

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Art Fag City: How My Kid reinforces fears and myths about modern art

October 6, 2007

Margot and the Mistress

Reeler @ NYFF: Everything old is (sort of) new again as Kidman, Baumbach and Breillat hit NYC

October 7, 2007

Harsh Mistress

Reeler Interview: Director Breillat on her passion project and a diva named Argento

October 8, 2007

The News: Harvey Sheiks it Up

Also: Biggie casting call draws dreamers; Kehr owes someone an apology

Lynch-Mania Coming to Sixth Ave.

New doc, Eraserhead revival and midnight retrospective take over fall program


Gorgeous black-and-white visuals are the real star of unhappy rocker's biopic

October 9, 2007

The News: Come for the Hype, Stay for the Commercial

Also: IFC snaps up another pair; are you Rated X?

Jamie Stuart: Once More, With Feeling

Reeler @ NYFF: Stunning new video dispatch among filmmaker's best

The Drama of De Palma

Reeler @ NYFF: Director-on- distributor violence keeps Redacted on fest radar

October 10, 2007

The Man at the Control

Reeler Flashback: Anton Corbijn talks Curtis biopic as ReelerTV goes black-and-white

The News: "De Niro Inc."

Also: We're depressed, watch our movie; Ellis Island gets the German treatment

Warmth to Spare

Reeler @ NYFF: Landis's Rickles doc among fest's funniest in years

Vaughn, Temple En Route to CMJ

Oh, and something else about some guy named Anderson Cooper

October 11, 2007

Hoping Against Hype

Reeler reviews editor Michelle Orange on NYFF's hot-ticket Baumbach, Breillat and Coen selections

The News: Cronenberg Explains Himself

Also: Carr returns with Times two-fer; Bogdanovich preparing for NYFF in 2044

Lars and the Real Girl

Sex dolls and sentiment make uncommon bedfellows in this strangely tender small-town tale

We Own the Night

Brisk but boring crime drama unmitigated by a few good performances

King Corn Crops up in NYC

Two rookie farmers play it by ear in new documentary

Halle Berry, Lost in the Fire

Actress cheers for Bier, Benicio at special NYC screening

October 12, 2007

The News: All-Positive Friday!

Inside: Wade's Freeheld short-listed for Oscars; close-ups get their close-up

The Animated Life

Reeler @ NYFF: Filmmakers bring Persepolis to city for closing night

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Protestants rule and Catholics predictably drool, but Elizabeth redux is as ideologically confused as it is completely meaningless

October 15, 2007

Young Blood

Williamsburg splatter epic Murder Party joins others to mobilize "hipster horror" genre

A Useless End

Reeler @ NYFF: Jia impresses, Castillo depresses at 45th fest closes

The News: Tyler Perry Conquers World

Also: Idle Weinsteins apparently still newsworthy; Streep set for Lincoln Center tribute in 2008

October 16, 2007

From Woodstock With Love

A 48-hour Catskills sojourn reveals two new classics and a fest to watch

October 17, 2007

The Lethem Picture Show

Brooklyn author and honorary BAM curator talks cinephilia and adaptation with The Reeler

The News: Fingers on the Trigger

Also: I'm Not There gets benefit concert; Bloomberg latest notch on IFP bed post

Love, Hate and Michael Haneke

Cynical Games-manship ensues at MoMA retrospective's closing night

October 18, 2007

Wristcutters: A Love Story

Endearing and intelligent vision of the afterlife may soften even the hardest of hipster asses


Discourse on U.S. torture policies less cogent -- and entertaining -- than it thinks

Reservation Road

Like bad teenage poetry, Terry George's clumsy melodrama insists solely on its own tragedy

River to the Hamptons

Reeler Interview: Actor-director Chris Eigeman on his upcoming fest premiere and finding Famke Janssen's inner pool shark

Gone Baby Gone

Affleck's debut a twisted love letter to Boston's roughest but a just plain twisted narrative

Festival in Law

Fordham Law Film Festival returns for second year of cinematic deliberations

October 19, 2007

Will the Real Zodiac Please Stand Up?

Fincher bringing seven extra minutes with him next month at Lincoln Center

Black White in Color

Reeler Interview: Documentarian James Crump on his enigmatic subjects Wagstaff and Mapplethorpe

The News: All-Positive Friday! Video Edition

Inside: Drew Carey pinches bladders; revisiting Mailer and one of our favorite flies on the wall

October 22, 2007

The News: Chill in the Air for Box Office, Coppola

Also: Lumet deja vu; shorts festival returns with ambition to spare

Temple of Punk

Filmmaker shares new Strummer doc with eager crowd at CMJ FilmFest

Gothams Sound Off for '07

Zobel's debut scores hat trick, Loktev nabs pair as IFP nominations revealed

October 23, 2007

The News: Binary Burns Coming Soon to iTunes

Also: Stuart defies Gravity; Seberg vs. the world in beauty sweepstakes

The Reeler Finds The Hamptons -- Again

24 hours of traffic, tragedy and even a couple of worthwhile films

October 24, 2007

Lagerfeld Confidential

Largely ephemeral, day-in-the-life doc studded with a few meaty moments

Documentaries Gone Wild

DocFest07 hosts Who, Flynt and non-fiction forces at Paley Center

Karl's in Charge

Director Marconi on the matter-of-fact trail of Lagerfeld Confidential

The News: The Long and Short of It

Also: Ansen flashes back (and back); Bean makes Noise in Rome

Now Playing: The Totally Unrelated Blog-a-Thon

One week of freedom to spoil the film blogosphere with whim and whatever

Horror Fest Goes to School

New digs at NYU welcome Roth, honor Lewis and unspool Boll's latest

Jimmy Carter Man From Plains

Demme succumbs to the pie-eyed Carter myth in his disappointing documentary

The Real Thing

Totally Unrelated Blog-a-Thon: What we can -- and should -- learn from Dionne Warwick

October 25, 2007

The News: Troma on the Move

Also: Mulberry Street goes national; Anderson apparently big in Sweden

Mr. Untouchable

Imaginatively bankrupt portrait drains the color from one of NYC's flashiest gangsters

"They're All Going to Die!"

Reeler Interview: Catching up with the evil genius behind the Pioneer Theater's Werewolf All-Nighter

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Lumet's steady, memorable crime drama embodies existential despair

The Day the Music Vied

Duelling Harlem kingpin films bring Damon Dash and Jay-Z too close for comfort -- again

October 26, 2007

The News: All-Positive Friday!

Inside: Welcome Streep to the New Jersey Hall of Fame(!); another Weinstein "leak" mysteriously good for buzz

October 29, 2007

"One Lucky Moment"

Reeler Roundtable: Catching up with three generations of Croatian filmmakers as national cinema takes NYC

The News: Mayor's Office Backs Off Permits

Also: Bob Berney still good at his job; Shelly Foundation sets date for inaugural gala

Letterman Wearing Pants on New Doc

Talk icon lending name to Election Day chronicle of young candidates

October 30, 2007

Unwritten Rules

Reeler Interview: Director Temple on new Strummer doc, campfire filmmaking and how not to light Scorsese

The News: Pull Up a Chair, Edelstein's on a Roll

Also: Bloggy producer-on-consultant violence; micro-marketing hot new trend for '07

Gangsters Work it Out

Harlem drug kingpin tandem reunited for Untouchable/Gangster flashback in NYM

The Nanking Experience

Special screening of Guttentag's harrowing new doc delivers influence and intensity downtown

October 31, 2007

The News: Real Horror Show

Also: Butler flees Escape in terror; Critics in Crisis, Day 3

Yes, But Can Amy Fisher Act?

Long Island Lolita sex video makes rounds, world yawns with interest

Big Rig Rolls Into NYC

Pray's latest screens Stranger Than Fiction with a message for all you four-wheelers

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