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Features

March 6, 2008

"Rooms Full of Silent Reveries"

Reeler Interview: Rock star DP Christopher Doyle on Paranoid Park, Portland and his Van Sant reunion

March 5, 2008

Girls Will Rock

Reeler Interview: Doc makers Johnson and King on their journey at the Rock 'N' Roll Camp for Girls

March 4, 2008

The Bank of Jason Statham

Mulling a future in which a prolific action hero demands dramatic reckoning

March 3, 2008

The Last Nonprofit?

Who stands to gain what as Renew Media disappears into the Tribeca fold?

February 27, 2008

Orphans and Bastards

Reeler Interview: Chicago 10 filmmaker Brett Morgen on craft, character and looking forward to Cobain

February 21, 2008

A Mixed Signal

Directors Bruckner, Bush and Gentry on the ups, downs and challenges of three-way filmmaking

February 20, 2008

Fake It 'Til They Make It

Counterfeiters director and star on ambiguity, Oscar and the trouble with Holocaust films

February 14, 2008

How to Score Your Life

Director Brooks and stars Reynolds, Fisher and Breslin on Definitely, Maybe's do-it-yourself soundtrack

February 13, 2008

Gates Open; Yonder Closed?

Catching up with Maysles and Co. as new doc (and family rift) prepare for big debuts

February 12, 2008

Dead Man

Diary director George A. Romero trains his shaky camera on new-media zombies

February 7, 2008

Tell Me About Sidney

Musto, Carr, Swanberg, Longworth and others on the subject of Film Forum's latest epic retrospective

February 5, 2008

Bruges Brothers

Farrell, McDonagh and Schamus flaunt bloody In Bruges at NYC premiere

January 31, 2008

February Events Madness!

NYC film scene thaws out with deep list of fests, series, one-offs and other happenings

Nadine the Conqueror

Caramel filmmaker keeps it real about her salon fantasia, beloved Beirut and winning over New York

January 27, 2008

New Yorkers Score Big at Sundance -- Again

Frozen River, Man on Wire, The Wackness and others gather prizes in Park City

January 22, 2008

Cool to Be Kind

Reeler Interview: Michel Gondry on returning to Sundance, getting to know N.J. and the glory of doing it yourself

January 20, 2008

Can I Get a Wackness?

Reeler Interview: Filmmaker Jonathan Levine on buzz, Mary-Kate and finding a future at Sundance

January 17, 2008

Look on the Dark Side

Director Gibney on how torture became just another American way of life

January 16, 2008

A Savage Comeback

Reeler Interview: Filmmaker Tom Kalin on true crime, Savage Grace and his long-awaited return to Sundance

January 14, 2008

A Still Life Less Ordinary

Chinese director Jia Zhangke on hovering between the state and subversion

January 9, 2008

Shooting at Will

Reeler Interview: Veteran DP Ellen Kuras on directing, Gondry and her Sundance two-fer

January 7, 2008

Circles and Squares

NYC critics celebrate Country; von Donnersmarck gets Blood-y

January 3, 2008

The Reeler's Top 10 of Top 10 Lists of 2007, Part II

More hype, casualties and catastrophes on the road to consensus

January 2, 2008

The Reeler's Top 10 of Top 10 Lists of 2007

The Reeler's third annual look back at the misconceived hype that mattered

December 31, 2007

Spending the Day with PTA

One director, five films and 699 minutes of messy, meandering greatness

December 26, 2007

Face Value

Reeler Interview: Gregg Araki on Smiley Face, Faris and the trouble with genre

December 20, 2007

A Revolutionary Adaptation

The politics of bringing Persepolis from the page to the screen

NYC in Ink (and Pixels, and Paint, and...)

An online tour of local animation superstars, surprises and best-kept secrets

December 19, 2007

Neo-New York is About to E.X.P.L.O.D.E.

A beginner's guide to discovering anime culture in NYC

December 17, 2007

A Brooklyn Independent

Reeler Interview: Filmmaker Pacheco on Brooklyn's longest-running indie series and getting to know the Vietnamese secret police

December 13, 2007

Blood Brother

Anderson's milestone just another day at the office for the unflappable Paul Dano

December 12, 2007

Legend Has It

Will Smith and screenwriter Goldsman on reviving classic -- to mixed effect -- in NYC

December 10, 2007

Help Against Hype

The Reeler's handy year-end guide to unconventional wisdom

December 6, 2007

Everything to Lose

New doc charts the many rises and falls of NYC psychedelic rock heroes Holy Modal Rounders

December 4, 2007

Coppola's Youth Movement

Legendary director just wants you to enjoy his years-in-the-making mindfuck

December 3, 2007

Kid You Not

Director Venditti on the craft and controversy of Billy the Kid

November 29, 2007

Diving with Max

Reeler Interview: Von Sydow on Schnabel, Bergman and brief but essential turn in Butterfly

November 28, 2007

New York Returning to Park City

Fleck, Boden, Gibney and... Mary-Kate Olsen(!) headed to Sundance '08 competition

November 26, 2007

Mistress of Puppets

Oscar-winner Yu back at the controls for Protagonist's challenging doc-narrative hybrid

November 21, 2007

Evening Class

Possibilities are endless in Andrew Wagner's superb Talent follow-up

November 20, 2007

Flack From All Sides

How PR zealotry is killing film journalism -- and how to stop it

November 19, 2007

The Glover Model

Actor/director adapts self-distribution standard for challenging new film

November 16, 2007

Zen Can Cook

Cook Your Life chef brings viewers (and himself) back to basics

November 15, 2007

ReelerTV: Savages Take Over

Director Jenkins chats about acclaimed family drama; Cinecultist Wilson on Redacted and Margot

November 14, 2007

Baumbach's Wedding Party

Reeler Interview: Director discusses his Margot whirlwind and the art of the follow-up

November 12, 2007

The Reeler's 2007 Holiday Movie Preview Review

The annual glimpse at the guides worth your time

November 9, 2007

The Trick

The Coens see themselves in No Country For Old Men. But can they survive?

November 8, 2007

Back to Attica

Reeler Interview: Firestone discusses landmark documentary in advance of rare NYC encore

November 6, 2007

Scenes From a Strike

Checking in with Hedges, Coffey and other NYC scribes on the first day of the WGA work stoppage

November 5, 2007

Choking Man Breathes at Last

Magical-realist indie odyssey lands mainstream director in Queens cauldron

November 1, 2007

When Kingpins Collide

Searching for "the real Harlem" in American Gangster and Mr. Untouchable

October 30, 2007

Unwritten Rules

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

October 29, 2007

"One Lucky Moment"

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

October 25, 2007

The Day the Music Vied

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

October 24, 2007

The Real Thing

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

October 22, 2007

Gothams Sound Off for '07

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

October 19, 2007

Black White in Color

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

October 18, 2007

River to the Hamptons

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

October 17, 2007

The Lethem Picture Show

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

October 16, 2007

From Woodstock With Love

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

October 15, 2007

Young Blood

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

October 11, 2007

Hoping Against Hype

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

October 10, 2007

The Man at the Control

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

October 7, 2007

Harsh Mistress

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

October 5, 2007

Center of Gravity

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

October 3, 2007

Abel Minded

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

September 30, 2007

There You Have It

Reeler Interview: Todd Haynes on Dylan, mythology and the ambition of I'm Not There

September 27, 2007

Choice Words

Reeler reviews editor Michelle Orange on early NYFF faves and a bastard named De Palma

ReelerTV: Limited Time Only

Brody and Schwartzman talk Darjeeling; Flavorpill critic Rosman surveys the field

September 25, 2007

Getting With the Program

Reeler Interview: Programming chief Pena on selectivity, second-guessing and his 20th NYFF

September 20, 2007

Of Devils and Gauls

Lumet and Rohmer square off in NYFF's octogenarian auteur duel

September 18, 2007

A Sayles Job

Filmmaker brings Honeydripper to IFP Week, goes it alone for first time in decades

September 17, 2007

Horror on Ice

Reeler Interview: NYC scare maestro Larry Fessenden returns with global-warming terror The Last Winter

September 14, 2007

Green on the Scene

How indie maverick became the unwitting nexus between Apatow and mumblecore

September 13, 2007

Toasting Toots

Reeler Interview: Director Jacobson on reviving NYC nightlife giant -- and her grandfather -- for new doc

September 12, 2007

Not My Type

Helvetica the documentary explores untold story behind ubiquitous typeface

September 10, 2007

Herzog on Ice

Reeler @ TIFF: Werner Herzog on extinction, audiences and his Antarctic Encounters

September 7, 2007

Shoot-Out for the Soul of the Western

Reeler Interview: Catching up with James Mangold on the 3:10 to Yuma

September 6, 2007

Shoot-ing to Kill

Ex-hack Davis makes the most of Owen, Giamatti and a torrent of lead

September 5, 2007

All in a Day's Work

Reeler Interview: Musician filmmaker Kraus on his stunning portrait of the artist as a working man

September 4, 2007

"I'm Always Making Fun of Myself"

Reeler Interview: Paul Auster on Martin Frost, adaptations and a muse named Harvey

August 31, 2007

If We Don't Tell Our Stories

A NYC director and his colleagues become filmmaking mentors in Uganda

August 29, 2007

ReelerTV: Swanberg on the Stairs

The show returns with fest news, pleas to Harvey and another visit with Longworth -- Watch Now

August 28, 2007

"As Best as I Can Define It"

Reeler Interview: Oscar-winner Friedkin on dual revivals of NYC classics French Connection and Cruising

August 24, 2007

Mark Webber's Hottest State

State star on Hawke, hard work and the route from street kid to leading man

August 23, 2007

Boy Meets Girl, Acts Badly, Gets Girl

Dedication latest film to explore enduring romantic appeal of cinematic jerks

August 22, 2007

Mumblecore Inc.

How one festival and a new film series cornered the market on a "movement"

August 21, 2007

Two Weeks in Manhattan

A veteran critic turns rookie programmer for the 45th New York Film Festival

August 20, 2007

Korea, Beyond the Blockbusters

Sixth annual NY Korean Film Fest looks closer at underrepresented national cinema

August 17, 2007

Turning the Other Chabrol

Claude Chabrol's MoMA retrospective offers broader look at the "French Hitchcock"

August 15, 2007

Margot at the NYFF

Homegrown upstarts, old guard favorites and international heavy-hitters featured in drool-worthy program

August 13, 2007

Ready for Their Brooklyn Close-Up

826NYC and BAM team up to give some (very) young filmmakers their night in the sun

A Man, A Plan, An Ape

King of Kong's Astoria premiere more fun than a barrel of you-know-whats

August 7, 2007

Fallen Angels Get A Second Wind

BAM's new print of vintage Wong Kar-wai an apt reminder of his evolution in style

Reeler Flashback: Descent Climbs to Surface

Director Lugacy on old friend Rosario Dawson's polarizing rape-revenge trip

August 2, 2007

Jane Unbecoming

Will the real Jane Austen please step forward? Probably not

August 1, 2007

ReelerTV: Down to a Science

New episode catches up with Rocket man Jeffrey Blitz, mourns lost masters and hears from NYM critic Logan Hill

July 31, 2007

Who Will Save the Talent?

The Reeler's triage tips for J. Lo, Jude, Robin and other flagging careers

July 30, 2007

The Silent Treatment

New series reveals unflinchingly modern takes on silent-era New York

July 27, 2007

Candid Cameras

Annual Scanners video festival spotlights unflinching views of American sexuality

July 26, 2007

No Reservations - and Even Less Fuss

Hick's remake of Mostly Martha emerges as the year's anti-gourmand food film

The Fest That Wasn't There

NY Int. Independent Film and Video Fest still struggles with perception after 14 years

July 25, 2007

ReelerTV: NYC's Top Ten

The Reeler hits the red carpet, previews Norman Mailer Week and laments Lohan with Joshua Rothkopf

July 23, 2007

Ferguson's Line of Sight

Policy expert-turned-filmmaker discusses his wrenching Iraq procedural No End in Sight

July 20, 2007

Thoughts on the Chicago Fire

Who really loses in the war between critics and studios?

July 19, 2007

Danny Boyle, Lost in Space

Sunshine director weighs in on optimism, science and a few really good deaths

July 18, 2007

ReelerTV: Reeler on the Street!

Catching up with NYC filmgoers at the midsummer mark; also, the latest on Leo and hanging out In the Lobby with Karina Longworth

July 15, 2007

Filling in the Blanks

Milos Forman on the persona-less personality of Goya’s Ghosts

July 12, 2007

Letters From Gordon

Legendary cinematographer Willis on the theory and practice of Allen's Manhattan

July 11, 2007

ReelerTV: Steve Buscemi's Meta Moment

Interview director interviewed about interviews. Also: 1.18.08, NYC's own pot doc and a chat with IFC's Matt Singer

July 9, 2007

Talking the Talk

Is the biopic over? Talk to Me's Don Cheadle on life, liberties and pursuing a hero

July 6, 2007

Introducing Herself

Dwights' Brenda Blethyn joins the classic tradition of screen-mother freakouts

July 3, 2007

Rescue Me: ReelerTV Returns!

New show catches up with Dawn co-star Zahn, recaps news and reviews from week in NYC

July 2, 2007

Flying Through Life

Reeler Flashback: Confessions director Jennifer Fox on the epic "candy" of her six-hour doc

June 28, 2007

The Unknown Soldier

Is Herzog's Rescue Dawn the latest in string of racist Vietnam War films?

June 27, 2007

Waiting For Days on End

Filmmaker Kim discusses In Between Days' scenic route to the New York screen

June 25, 2007

To Haiti and Back Again

Ghosts of Cité Soleil director Asger Leth escapes with the story in harrowing new doc

June 21, 2007

The Weekend We Made Contact

NYC conference and arts festival spotlights the best, worst and weirdest of 60 years of UFO cinema

June 20, 2007

Exiled on Sixth Avenue

Catching up with Hong Kong legend Johnnie To in advance of new film's NYAFF showcase

June 19, 2007

Conventional Wisdom

Conventioneers director Stephens revisits '04 as award-winning film hits DVD

June 15, 2007

Worth 1,000 Words (and a Doc)

Manufactured Landscapes filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal on profiling the work of Edward Burtynsky

June 14, 2007

Horror Story

It's Only a Movie series sketches connections from '70s icons to the genre forces of today

June 12, 2007

The Mick of Time

Anderson and McDowell's Mick Travis trilogy dusted off in rare NYC revival

June 8, 2007

Roadwork Ahead

Finding home with Monicelli, Storaro and others on the Open Roads of new Italian cinema

June 7, 2007

Lost Once More

Bruce Weber on discovering (and rediscovering) Chet Baker in the newly restored Let's Get Lost

June 6, 2007

Ninjas are the New Everything

...and one of many winners at the inaugural Webbys Film and Video Awards

June 3, 2007

Magnum Force

Month-long film series celebrates legendary photojournalism co-op's 60th anniversary

May 31, 2007

Coming Up Short in Brooklyn

Sundance at BAM: Programming boss Cooper on the past, present and future of Sundance shorts

May 30, 2007

In With the NewFest

Controversial Dorian Gray adaptation opens trailblazing LGBT festival's 19th run

May 29, 2007

"A Hell of an Experience"

Exclusive: Kubrick actor and associate Leon Vitali looks back on 30 years of Barry Lyndon

May 25, 2007

New York in the Cannes

Ferrara, Kalin, Coens and other local auteurs take over on the Croisette

May 24, 2007

The Reeler's 2007 Guide to NYC Outdoor Cinema

An unofficial compendium of where to watch this summer

Love is All Around

The Whitney's Summer of Love exhibit reflects on films, light shows and other '60s visions

May 22, 2007

Close Encounters of the Werner Kind

A sneak peek at unfinished doc reveals filmmaker's "ecstatic truth" about Antarctica (among other things)

May 21, 2007

Kon is On with Paprika

Japanese animator discusses dreams, nightmares and masterful new film

May 18, 2007

Playing by the Rules -- At Last

Corrente and Caan on genre-hopping Brooklyn Rules' troubled trip to screen

May 16, 2007

Garden Variety: Scorsese Honored at MoMA

Filmmaker looks back with Bloomberg, Ovitz, Diller and others

May 15, 2007

Once Upon a Time in Dublin

Carney and Hansard on chance, beauty and their crowd-pleasing verite musical

May 11, 2007

What We Learned at Tribeca, Vol. VI

Making the rounds to make sense (or something) of it all

May 9, 2007

Alice Neel's Ultimate Portrait

Art Fag City: Grandson's doc reveals the family below the surface of famous artist's work

May 8, 2007

His Brand is Memory

Guy Maddin talks about Brand Upon the Brain! and the cinema of remembrance

May 4, 2007

Marveling At It All

More comics talk: Penn, Church and others deliver critiques, plaudits and scoops for films to come

The Paper They're Printed On

One filmgoer's plea to cure the comics adaptation cancer

May 3, 2007

A Treatment That Works

Doc veteran Rudavsky talks about the roots (and routes) of his narrative debut

May 1, 2007

Spider-Mania Sweeps Astoria

Maguire and Co. hit the street as black carpet welcomes hero back to the States

April 30, 2007

BeFilm's Short Run to Midtown

Former Tribeca Underground fest programs moves north, programs full week of shorts

April 27, 2007

The Midnight Mainstream

What happens when cult selections are among fests' most popular?

April 26, 2007

What on Earth: Tribeca Goes Green for Opener

Gore, De Niro and Scorsese among heavyweights at fest bow downtown

April 25, 2007

The Middle East Side

The Bubble, Making Of and others continue Tribeca's regional emphasis in 2007

April 24, 2007

Piece of Cake

Masterson's feature directing debut The Cake Eaters gets hometown premiere at Tribeca

April 20, 2007

Kind of Blue

Blue State star Anna Paquin on the Tribeca premiere's political edge and her bow as producer

April 18, 2007

The Daley Grind

Filmmaker Brougher on Tamblyn, Swinton and the tough issues guiding Stephanie Daley

April 16, 2007

(Re)Made in the USA

Amid a redux epidemic, a few helpful hints for making everything old new again

April 13, 2007

Mike White's Dog Days

The bard of outcast chic on Shannon, sympathy and his directorial debut, Year of the Dog

April 11, 2007

Appetite For Destruction

Documentary director Mary Jordan on truth, justice and the unknowable Jack Smith

April 10, 2007

The Berlin Marathon

Fassbinder's restored epic Berlin Alexanderplatz kicks off long week at MoMA

April 9, 2007

The Women in the Picture

Art Fag City: A pair of shows explore two generations of feminist video art

April 6, 2007

Re-living the Living Cinema

Jacobs, Child, Hoberman among many highlighted as NYC film institution remembered

April 4, 2007

"Making These Films Ourselves"

Continually growing NY African Film Festival celebrates independence in its 14th year

April 3, 2007

The Paul Bearers

Carice van Houten and Paul Verhoeven on the director's women and the notoriety of Black Book

March 30, 2007

Killer Freed After 30 Years

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

March 28, 2007

B-ing There

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

March 26, 2007

Stop the Presses

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

March 23, 2007

Heavy Snow

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

March 21, 2007

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

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

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

March 19, 2007

When the Doctor Was In

Doc highlighting Hunter Thompson's last crusade gets NYC premiere

March 16, 2007

Of Rock and Rohmer

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

March 14, 2007

Scenes From the Siege

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

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

March 9, 2007

Host Mortem

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

March 8, 2007

Spartan Cinema

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

Angels at My Table

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

March 4, 2007

The City's Other Rendez-Vous

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

March 2, 2007

Tempest in a Crackpot?

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

February 28, 2007

From Holland to Hollywood (and Back)

Verhoeven retraces road to Black Book at closing night of Film Comment Selects

February 27, 2007

One Last Date with Oscar

The Reeler's annual review of Academy Awards liveblogs

February 26, 2007

It's All Geek to Me

Getting into The Spirit (among other phenomena) at New York Comic Con

February 23, 2007

Gray Area: When a Kiss is Not Just A Kiss

Gray Matters director Kramer on the liplock with a life of its own

February 21, 2007

The Long Goodbye

Robert Altman tribute brings stars, family and fans together one final time in New York

February 20, 2007

Tarnished Angel

Brooklyn filmmaker Tully brings sordid festival hit Cocaine Angel to NYC audience

February 16, 2007

Oscars Anonymous

A terrifying epiphany forces one film lover into Academy Awards detox

February 14, 2007

The Selects Few

Verhoeven, Brisseau and the gang at Film Comment take over with annual program

February 12, 2007

Filmmaking Duo Goes Off Half-Cocked

Hawley and Galinsky revisit seminal indie rock drama for 10th anniversary revival at Anthology

February 9, 2007

Unfiltered Cammell

The endlessly fascinating freak-out Wild Side closes out the late filmmaker's NYC retrospective

February 8, 2007

The Painted Whale

Art Fag City: A closer look at the unique animation of Jacco Olivier

February 7, 2007

Lives in His Hands

German director von Donnersmarck on the art and politics of The Lives of Others

February 2, 2007

The Trouble With sleepwalkers

Art Fag City: MoMA's immense public art project downplays the public and the art

February 1, 2007

Nader Hits Town for Unreasonable Opening

Activist-turned-candidate joins directors and loyal supporters at IFC Center premiere

January 30, 2007

February Events Madness!

Doc Fortnight, Film Comment Selects, and Oscar second-guessers among city's late-winter highlights

January 28, 2007

New Yorkers Score Big at Sundance

NYC filmmakers behind Padre Nuestro, Manda Bala and Grace is Gone lead charge at festival awards

January 26, 2007

Breaking Even

Minghella, Binoche and co. talk about getting personal once again in Breaking and Entering

January 25, 2007

Blue in the Face

Peled's sweatshop exposé China Blue traces jeans from teenage laborers' hands to Retail America

January 24, 2007

Art During Wartime

Art Fag City: WWII doc The Rape of Europa looks at the plunder, destruction and recovery of priceless works

January 21, 2007

Sundance Kid

Powerful art doc premieres to festival raves -- and plenty of questions

January 19, 2007

Doc Legacy, Independence Duly Noted as Sundance Launches

Redford, Morgen note festival's influence; inaugural New Frontier installation stuns and surprises

January 17, 2007

Waitress Comes to Work

The Reeler at Sundance: Producer Roiff discusses the late actress/director Adrienne Shelly's final project

January 16, 2007

Distributors Map the Market

The Reeler at Sundance: NYC buyers prepare to shop 'til they drop at most competitive fest ever

January 15, 2007

'Dance Fever

The Reeler at Sundance: Sales kingpin John Sloss prepares his 2007 slate for the Park City marketplace

January 12, 2007

Putting an Ace to the Name

Wilder's nasty glimpse at media circus gets timely revival at Film Forum

January 10, 2007

Animator Green Hollers in NYC

Art Fag City: Excellent short-film triptych explores the paradox of life, death and experience

January 9, 2007

The Wild Card

Gosling, Fleck and ThinkFilm boss Urman talk about Half Nelson's Oscar potential

January 8, 2007

Alpha Male

Alpha Dog director Nick Cassavetes on voice, versatility and making Sharon Stone suffer

January 5, 2007

Riding the Dark Horse

Don't forget about these worthy alternatives that Oscar hype threatens to leaves behind

January 3, 2007

Crafted From Memories

Art Fag City: Douglas's exhibition in Harlem recasts 1960s Cuba in disorienting contemporary dream

January 2, 2007

Top 10 of Top 10 Lists -- The Quiz

Guess whose praise was whose in 2006 -- win valuable prizes!

December 29, 2006

The Top 10 of Top 10 Lists of 2006, Part II

Selecting the best of this year's hype, hypocrisy and general self-importance

December 28, 2006

The Top 10 of Top 10 Lists of 2006, Part I

The Reeler's second annual look back at the misconceived hype that mattered

December 27, 2006

Defending Miss Potter

Don't call it a chick flick, says star/producer Zellweger

December 26, 2006

All His Children

Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón on Children of Men, influences and "the Sept. 11 of sound"

December 20, 2006

Film Forum's Allen Retrospective Gets City Talking

Weinstein, Kopple, LaBute, Dargis and other New York culture all-stars reflect on best of Woody's work

Le Woody, C'est Moi

An Upper East Sider recalls growing up under the director's influence

Prose by Any Other Name

Finding comic salvation by accident in Woody's collected writings

Woody Allen, Thespian?

Reeler critics Matt Singer and Vadim Rizov on the filmmaker's time in front of the camera -- for better or worse

December 19, 2006

Showing No Restraint

Art Fag City: Alison Chernick's new documentary digs for meaning in the world of Matthew Barney

December 15, 2006

The Little DiVA That Couldn't

Art Fag City: The best videos in Miami's art fairs were from New York -- but where were all the buyers?

December 13, 2006

Sympathy for the Devil

De Niro's excellent Good Shepherd upends spy-movie convention with tragic glimpse at early CIA

December 11, 2006

When Robots (From Brooklyn) Attack!

McKenney's robot-rage allegory Automatons digs in for December at the Pioneer

December 8, 2006

Out 1 in a Million

Surviving (and enjoying) the first-ever American screening of Rivette's 12-hour-plus epic

December 7, 2006

Losing Their Place

As the Movie Place met its end, it showed why indie video shops still matter

December 6, 2006

Aliens in Our Midst

Art Fag City: Smack Mellon's Multiplex series continues with overlapping works on immigration

December 5, 2006

Dream On

In NYC preview, Condon discusses Murphy, Hudson and bringing Dreamgirls to the screen at last

December 1, 2006

Mondovino Takes the Scenic Route

Director Nossiter revisits his wine-world chronicle in 10-hour series premiering at MoMA

November 30, 2006

Wins and Losses: Live From the Gothams

Half Nelson's hat trick rescues long night, raises hard questions

Czechs and Balances

A dozen rare classics evoke the spectrum of Czech Modernism at BAM

November 29, 2006

A Mighty Wind

Art Fag City: Ahtila's shattering installation looks at culture's impact on female identity

November 27, 2006

MoMA Toasts Hollywood Independent

Oscar-winning producer Walter Mirisch discusses upcoming retrospective of his storied career

November 24, 2006

All Around This Filthy World

"Perverted uncle" John Waters discusses the new film of his ageless one-man show

November 22, 2006

Horrors at The Kitchen!

Art Fag City: Jankowski's latest revives collaborative spirit -- with a mixed bag of monsters and killers

November 20, 2006

D-fending His Life

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny director Liam Lynch on screen chemistry, Jack Black's leash and the art of the cock push-up

November 17, 2006

Reeler Podcast: For Your Consideration

Christopher Guest and company discuss satire, striving and the trouble with Oscar

November 16, 2006

Bond For Glory

Daniel Craig discusses the 007 legacy and the 21st-century spy of Casino Royale

November 15, 2006

The Voice in the Wilderness

A look inside the Village Voice's troubled film section reveals acrimony, disappointment -- and maybe even a future

November 14, 2006

The $50 Million Question

New documentary Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? takes on the case of an accidental art collector versus the art-world elite

November 10, 2006

Reeler Podcast: Steven Shainberg

The director of Fur discusses Arbus, Kidman and the art of breaking the biopic

November 9, 2006

Morning People

Ashley Judd, Joey Lauren Adams and the Southern comfort of Come Early Morning

November 8, 2006

What Is It? Anybody's Guess

Crispin Glover delivers outlandish directorial debut to NYC audiences

November 7, 2006

Doc Illuminates NYC Literary Legend

Paris Review co-founder and cultural gadabout Harold L."Doc" Humes gets the doc treatment from daughter Immy

November 6, 2006

Word on the Street

Narrative/doc hybrid The F Word finds new audience just in time for Election Day

November 3, 2006

November Events Madness!

Lynch! Soderbergh! Condon! Kopple! And they're giving Jim McKay away in Brooklyn!

One For the Ages

New doc Deeper Than Y illuminates the challenging -- if occasionally digressive -- realities of getting old in America

November 1, 2006

Reeler Podcast: Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz

A few minutes with the royal family behind Volver

October 31, 2006

Art Fag City: Not Quite Absolute Wilson

Conventional biography misses point in doc about legendary avant garde director Wilson

October 30, 2006

Resistance and Rebirth

Jancso films lead the way in major Hungarian cinema retrospective at Lincoln Center

October 27, 2006

Babel: Five Languages in Search of a Story

Globetrotting and orange juggling with Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu

October 26, 2006

Cowboys Up: New Doc Explores Decadent Miami Drug Trade

Tribeca hit Cocaine Cowboys returns to NYC with tales of excess, glamour and synthesizer fetishes

October 25, 2006

Art Fag City: The Return of Comic Book Confidential

Filmmaker Mann discusses seminal comics doc in special screening in NYC

October 24, 2006

Beat the Press

The Borat media frenzy begs the question: Will reporters ever quit rolling over for studios?

October 23, 2006

Putting the 'Die' in 'Indie': IFP Issues Gotham Award Noms

When three Best Feature nods have a combined $144 million budget, it might be time to change the rules

A Bridge Too Far?

NYC-based filmmaker Steel brings suicide to the screen in The Bridge

October 19, 2006

Building Blocks

51 Birch Street asks (and answers) the hardest question of all: Do you want to know your parents?

October 18, 2006

Art Fag City: When the Theater is the Medium

A pair of installations in Queens complement cinema with design

October 17, 2006

The Sweet and the Sublime

10 days to perfect German with Sweet Land stunner Elizabeth Reaser

October 14, 2006

When Sofia Met Marie

Coppola sabotages her vision outright, resulting in the most conventional kind of boring period trash

October 12, 2006

Day at the Races: What Woody Could Learn From Clint

Eastwood, the quintessential white Republican, might be the most racially progressive Caucasian filmmaker in the land

October 11, 2006

Noe Out: Filmmaker Revisits Feature Debut at IFC Center

"When you're angry, you just start spitting on anything that's not you."

October 10, 2006

Art Fag City: The Mess of Mount Weather

The weekly column returns with a look at Cliff Evans' Web-crazy video collage

October 7, 2006

Three Hours of Sleep: Lynch Unveils Inland Empire In New York

The vulgar courts the sublime in director's epic Hollywood fever dream

October 5, 2006

The Return of Pedro

Perennial NYFF-er Almodovar brings Volver and (some lady named Penelope) to Lincoln Center

October 4, 2006

Reeler Podcast: John Cameron Mitchell

On the Shortbus with the director of the year's unsexiest sex film

Beatty Talks (and Talks) Reds at NYFF

"Diane Keaton is a plot. A very interesting plot."

October 3, 2006

Art Fag City: Video Game Culture Thrives in New Documentary

A new column spotlights film and video from the New York art community

Of Angels, Angst and Kushner

Oscar winner Frieda Lee Mock talks about turning her camera on the legendary playwright

September 29, 2006

Something For the Grown-Ups

When it comes to wooing the adult audience, indies show studios how it's done

September 28, 2006

The Killer Inside: Vachon Tells All

NYC indie legend talks up new book at Lincoln Center

Goodbye to All That

Old Joy, The Last Kiss and the farewell to friendship

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