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There and back again

May 5, 2005

At this point in his career, it should be obvious Todd Solondz's films are not for everyone. In addition to the critical voices that have made this point, Solondz himself said in an interview with The...

Bits and pieces of light and darkness

April 21, 2005

In the early days of film, when cinema was barely out of the carnival tent and the nickelodeon, art critics vigorously debated the question of whether movies could be art. "The seventh art," as some commentators...

The lone and level sands

April 7, 2005

In the many roles Steve Zahn has played, the actor has never looked like he's phoning it in. On the contrary, Zahn's effervescence sparkles through even his more serious parts, though never at the expense...

Jug band hootenanny

February 10, 2005

At a Dinkytown cafe Saturday, several members of the Geezers Jug Band were living up to their name. "About the only place left from when we were here is Al's Breakfast," said University alumnus Peter Albrecht....

The personal is historical

February 10, 2005

In 1970, students protesting the Vietnam War filled the space in front of Coffman Union. Their image is preserved in the east and west entryways to the building, in large black-and-white photographs that...

A cursed age when man was wolf to man

February 3, 2005

Even, or especially, in the face of danger, it's important to laugh. "The Lizard," a new film from Iranian director Kamal Tabrizi, is not the kind of movie one might expect to see from a country on the...

The most powerful woman in the world

January 27, 2005

An old slogan has it that "you can't blow up a social relationship." Indeed, the solutions to the worst problems we face as a civilization are often complex, messy and not amenable to violent intervention. Such...

24-Hour Theatre presents art that’s all in the timing

January 20, 2005

Every day, around the world, artists are struggling to make art. They struggle to find money, to overcome political and social obstacles, to get their work into a public venue, and to transcend their own...

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

January 20, 2005

At a large land-grant institution like the University, it can be easy to lose track of everyone who passes through the halls. Unlike the products of the Ivy League or the Seven Sisters, our graduates don't...

Seek truth from literature

December 9, 2004

Now that all the anti-Bush and anti-Kerry books are safely on their way to the pulping plant and all the textbooks are headed that way soon, there is a chance to catch up on some pleasure reading. It can...

Scottish scientists seek stolen serum

December 9, 2004

So begins one of the chapters in Ken Follett's new super-bug potboiler "Whiteout." The Kremlin referred to is not the famous seat of Russian political power. Rather, it's a fancy house in Scotland that...

Weaving the way to Ragnarok

October 28, 2004

Ignoring the equinoxes is one of the ways Western society tries to hide its pagan past. Long ago, the people of Europe lived closer to the earth. They honored the soil, gazed lovingly at the moon, and...

Wild nights ahead

October 7, 2004

Along with Federico Fellini, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Luis Bunuel, Ingmar Bergman reigns as one of the gods of arthouse film. Bergman was born in 1918 in Uppsala, Sweden. Since 1946, he has...

Art is all around us

September 30, 2004

On Friday, dancers will commandeer the skyways between Blegen Hall and the Social Sciences tower. There will be a large metal cage erected along 21st Avenue, and tap dancers will kick up a storm on the...

Rocket to the crypt

September 16, 2004

It's not hard to see why the money people in Hollywood wanted another installment of the "Resident Evil" franchise. "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" follows a successful first film and a very successful video...

Welcome to a new year of A&E

September 9, 2004

Last year, I had the opportunity to welcome you, our readership, to a new and improved A&E section, one that again stood separately from the main body of the paper. And six months ago, I was able to...

Big, long sliding thing

September 9, 2004

After eating a large meal, it often seems like you have some insight into what an anaconda must feel like after it has swallowed a whole goat. Imagine the bloating and dyspepsia that would follow upon...

A dish best served cold

September 9, 2004

Hollywood movies are never so absurd - and never so satisfying - as when they try to criticize the Hollywood system. "Paparazzi," the new revenge fantasy from TV director Paul Abascal, doesn't have quite...

What rough beasts, their hour come round at last

August 18, 2004

What a way to wind up the summer blockbuster season! Just when you thought it was safe to go to a science fiction movie, along comes "Alien vs. Predator" to remind us all of past glories never to be regained. When...

Stylish ‘Collateral’ offers beauty in evil

August 11, 2004

The new film "Collateral," directed by Michael Mann, can't seem to escape the tag "stylish." Stylish is a adjective that many critics have recourse to when describing Mann's other projects like "Heat,"...

The Gibson continuum

July 28, 2004

It was 20 years ago this month that William Gibson changed the world of science fiction with his first novel, "Neuromancer." Gibson brought the relatively new genre of cyberpunk to the world with his book,...

Tougher than silicon

July 21, 2004

The dream of robotics is to remove drudgery from human experience. This dream dovetails well with Hollywood's stated intention to take us away from our mundane lives, if only for two hours at a time, and...

News, American style

July 21, 2004

For some people in the United States, the late 1970s signify a halcyon age of fondue pots, the AMC Gremlin and disco ascendant. Never mind that the half-decade sandwiched between the horrors of Vietnam...

The violence inherent in the system

July 14, 2004

Of all the popular heroes in British history - Boudicca, Wat Tyler, Gerard Winstanley - King Arthur seems like the least obvious choice for constant reinterpretation. But that's never stopped anyone. The...

No one trusts anybody

July 6, 2004

With all due respect to the western, the costume drama, the comedy and the musical, film noir may very well be the most important genre in the history of film. The original film noir directors of the late...

Tangled up in red and blue

June 30, 2004

For long-time fans of Marvel Comics, it's nice to see the industry's most venerable imprint finally getting the cinematic respect it deserves. Marvel's superhero titles have always been more intelligent,...

It’s payback time

June 23, 2004

Film directors may be some of the most unreliable narrators around, especially when the narrative involves themselves. "BAADASSSS!" is a story told by two narrators, Melvin Van Peebles, the director and...

Time for livin’

June 23, 2004

There's always a temptation to compare each new Beastie Boys' disc to their first album, 1986's brash, boyish and bombastic "Licensed to Ill." This is probably because pretty much anything would seem mature,...

The green man returns

June 16, 2004

In our post-"Shrek" world, it can be hard to remember what animated fairy tale films were like in the bad old days. So complete is the transformation that even relatively recent Disney products like "The...

Gender trouble

June 16, 2004

The original 1975 screen version of "The Stepford Wives" owed much of its creepiness to Enrique Bravo and Owen Roizman's brilliant cinematography. The green and pleasant avenues of suburban Connecticut...

Touch of evil

June 16, 2004

An evil horde of warrior fanatics is racing across the inhabited universe, bent on converting every human to their insane religion of blood and honor. Their chief weapon: Merciless tickling. Well, not...

Dreams of whiteness

June 7, 2004

A ttending a screening of Roland Emmerich's climate-change epic, "The Day After Tomorrow," here is somewhat anticlimactic. In the weeks prior to the film's opening, the New York Times ran a number of fidgety,...

War, what is it good for?

May 24, 2004

Judging by their pottery, the ancient Greeks were interested in three things: breasts, buggery and badasses. Sadly, "Troy," directed by Wolfgang Petersen, presents evidence of only one of these three obsessions. "Troy"...

Scruffed with fire & cinders

April 28, 2004

Popping, gurgling, reeking, glowing, smoking and hissing, molten iron is an extremely sensual material. The iron, star of the art department's 35th annual Iron Pour, looks like raw, broken garbage (which...

The Letter

April 8, 2004

LDir. Ziad H. Hamzeh ewiston, Maine isn't the kind of town normally associated with racial strife. But perhaps it should be. In a rapidly globalizing society, it is small towns like Lewiston, Austin, Minn....

Elina: As if I Wasn’t There

April 8, 2004

TDir. Klaus Härö hose Finns can be pretty hard-headed. The same stubbornness that served Minnesota well in the battles to organize the Range leads to trouble for the title character in "Elina:...

Kops

April 1, 2004

WDir. Josef Fares hatever your idea of "Swedish film" consists of, it will probably be challenged by Josef Fares' "Kops." This amalgam of "Super Troopers" and "Mayberry RFD" couldn't have less in common...

Between Latvias

April 1, 2004

LDir. Mara Pelece ife isn't easy in former Soviet republics. Regimes that ruled by fear and economies, burdened by bureaucracy and graft have been replaced by governments beholden to the World Bank and...

Taking action

March 25, 2004

In the dark, grimy recesses of the 7th Street Entry, the Strike is getting ready to play its first all-ages show in the Twin Cities in more than five years. Formed in 1993 in Minneapolis, the Strike has...

A&E expands to offer more for our readers

February 19, 2004

It almost seems like too much of a good thing. First, we reintroduced A&E last semester, after a three-year absence. Now, we have the chance to bring you A&E in broadsheet format. Hopefully, this...

Pleasure & principles

February 12, 2004

When sex and politics intersect in our culture, the result is often unpleasant. We live in a society that is divided about the role of sexuality in public and private life, and in particular, public expressions...

Love getaway

February 12, 2004

Among the many images that Sylvain Choumet put in his disturbing, humorous and poignant film "The Triplets of Belleville," the dreaming dog stands out as particularly strange. Bruno the dog, a birthday...

See how high she flies

January 29, 2004

It's always a bit surprising to go to Hayao Miyazaki films like "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away" and not find any vicious, slavering religious zealots blocking the entrance. There's so much in his...

Life is brutal

January 29, 2004

If the meek ever want to inherit Earth, they would do well to follow the example set by Iiris (Kati Outinen) in Aki Kaurismaki's "The Match Factory Girl." Iiris works all day in the titular match factory,...

The great northeast

January 22, 2004

There's no shortage of bars in northeast Minneapolis. Along with old brewery buildings and lots and lots of churches, bars are one of the chief distinguishing features of "Nordeast," that little Slavic...

The Finn never ends

January 22, 2004

American directors are afraid. They're afraid that if they make a picture with any trace of social conscience, any hint of idealism, they'll be pilloried by the knuckle-dragging entertainment press and...

It’s a man’s world

November 6, 2003

If you want earth-saving adventure, tales of burning ski resorts and exploding SUVs, you're out of luck - this ain't that kind of elf story. "Elf" tells the story of Buddy Elf (Will Ferrell), a human being...

An ocean of possibility

October 23, 2003

When you're adrift, there's plenty of time to think. The films of Andrei Tarkovsky sanctify drift, both in terms of human feelings and as a cinematic technique. A Tarkovsky retrospective will be presented...

Weather you believe

October 23, 2003

At the end of October the veil between the world we see and that which we do not see becomes gossamer. Barebones Productions, a local puppetry collective, has for the past 10 years taken this opportunity...

If a man ever needed dying, he did

October 16, 2003

Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires." So wrote William Blake in "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell." In "Kill Bill," Quentin Tarantino gives us a violent and heartfelt evocation...