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    Best of the Decade #14

    On a cold night in late February 2007, I made a pilgrimage to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to acquaint myself with the work of Béla Tarr, a filmmaker whose name had become emblematic of formidable intellect, exhaustive running times, and a rapturously grand vision. This was mostly due to the proselytizing of Susan Sontag and other critics smitten by Tarr’s seven-and-a-half-hour magnum opus Sátántangó, a legendary, see-it-if-you-can rarity reportedly on par with Rivette’s equally elusive Out 1. It hardly mattered that, on this particular evening, everyone in my immediate social circle was gathering at various domestic outposts to revel in a v...

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    Goodbye, Dubai

    I am a few hours from leaving Dubai. I just got out of the closing night screening of James Cameron's "Avatar," which I must say I was very underwhelmed by... watching it here felt ridiculously appropriate as both the film and the city overambitious and boastful, but ultimately hollow and downright ...

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Millenium Trilogy Movie Rights Go to Sony, Rudin

    On a recent trip to London, I picked up a copy of the U.K. hardcover edition of the third installment of the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, and have been lending it to my friends ever since. (It won't be published stateside until May.) T...

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    Film Movement Crosses "Welcome" to North America

    Philippe Lioret's French, English and Arab-language drama "Welcome" has been picked up by Film Movement, which it plans to open in the second quarter of 2010. The company's president Adley Gartenstein negotiated the deal with Film Distribution's Francois Yon. The film paints a portrait of two men wr...

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    Rentrak To Acquire Nielsen EDI

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    Lovesick Teenagers

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    cinemadaily | Film Forum Shows Off "A Town Called Panic"

    Fantastic Fest favorite Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar's "A Town Called Panic" (French Title: "Panique au village") begins a two week run at NYC's Film Forum tomorrow. The flick, which won an audience award at Fantastic Fest, is also distinguished as being the first full-length stop-motion anima...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Mad Men: Herzog's "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done"

    As willfully weird as his B-movie-grade update on Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant was grotesquely overwrought, Werner Herzog’s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done spins a matricidal true-crime yarn into an absurdist fable whose tropes and themes, like the motivations of its killer protagonist, remain obscure. Such was the consensus, anyway, when the film debuted in competition at Venice and then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it met with a lukewarm, appropriately puzzled response. Oddly enough, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, a far inferior film in every respect (even if its outlandishly narcissistic, no-hold...

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