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    CRITICS' POLL '06 | Film Critics Pick 200+ Favorite Undistributed Films

    Is Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo the must unsung auteur in the U.S. marketplace? For the last several years, the director's work has continued to place high atop critic polls of the year's best undistributed films at both indieWIRE and the Village Voice. From "The Power of Kangwon Province" to "Tur...

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    CRITICS' POLL '06 | The Comments: The Worst, the Overlooked, and The Death (and Rebirth?) of Film C

    THE DESCENT: The Worst Movie Ever Made and Other Low Points

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    CRITICS' POLL '06 | The Comments: The Best, From Mr. Lazarescu to Mr. Eastwood

    In a year where many movies barely skimmed the surface, "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" got under my skin. Its extraordinary long takes forge a practically physical connection between audience and subject; I'll never forget the moment when I felt my own body jerk in response to Lazarescu's spasmodic co...

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    DISPATCH FROM HAVANA: At A Fest in Cuba, Linking Films and The Current Political Climate

    Last week, as Cuba's leader apparently lay dying, the populace was remarkably calm about the future. Not coincidentally, the largest U.S. congressional delegation since Fidel Castro's revolution, 10 bipartisan anti-embargo members of the House, arrived for talks about trade and travel sanctions and ...

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    REVIEW | Love and Marriage: John Curran's "The Painted Veil"

    "As if a woman ever loved a man for his virtue," scoffs Kitty Fane, heroine of W. Somerset Maugham's 1925 novel "The Painted Veil" - the line remains intact in the new film version. This touches on something raw, the insoluble dilemma that Kitty's heart is rent upon: the people we most esteem or res...

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    Short Docs Shine at the Inaugural Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival

    This month the acclaimed ITVS/PBS showcase "Independent Lens," which bills itself as "the film festival in your living room," launches its first annual Online Shorts Festival, debuting a stellar array of short documentaries on its website and rebranding itself as "a film festival at your fingertips....

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    REVIEW | Pomp and Circumstance: Zhang Yimou's "Curse of the Golden Flower"

    Ever since Zhang Yimou's florid visual compositions and technicolor-vibrant hues first moved from the realm of social realist allegory to post-operatic martial artistry, he's been climbing ever more precipitous heights of action-movie gusto. Where to go after the endlessly looping, "Rashomon"-inflec...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Julian Hobbs, director of "Memoirs of My Nervous Illness"

    Director Julian Hobbs' narrative feature film debut "Memoirs of My Nervous Illness" stars Jefferson Mays ("The Notorious Bettie Page," "Kinsey"), and based on the 1903 journal written by Daniel Paul Schreber, a German judge who was incarcerated in an asylum under the watch of the obsessive Dr. Emil Flechsig. Schreber's insanity was characterized by startling delusions, all chronicled in his journal, including a belief that he directly communicated with God through a secret "nerve language," and a desire to transform himself into a woman. The film depicts the eccentric man's increasing descent into his alternate universe of supernatural powers...

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    Emerging Spectators: Cultivating the Art-House Audience in a Post-Auteur Culture

    At the Brooklyn Academy of Music earlier this month, renowned critic Andrew Sarris--the man who helped cultivate the auteur theory in the U.S.--appeared at a panel with critics J. Hoberman and Dennis Lim to celebrate the publication of the Village Voice Film Guide and a screening of Robert Bresson's...

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    REVIEW | Half Step: James Ponsoldt's "Off the Black"

    There's a lot about "Off the Black" to remind you that it's a directorial debut - the bearded indie-type clerking a small-town convenience store who just screams "director's buddy," for example - but that's not the real problem. Writer/director James Ponsoldt's screenplay never stops reminding us th...

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