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Movie Review: The Devil Wears Prada

There is a very small category of movies-from-books where the film not only stands on its own two feet but actually exceeds the source material. Read More »

The Labor Day Film Festival

I saw a whole bunch of movies over the Labor Day weekend—I was trying to catch up on all the summer movies that I haven’t seen but have been meaning to (that, and pretty much the entire population of Manhattan had abandoned the island for the long weekend, so I didn’t have all that much else to do). To review ... Read More »

It’s Spring, Right?

I was three years old when I first heard Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (or, The Rite of Spring for those of use who can’t pronounce French worth a damn). My parents had taken me to see Disney’s Fantasia (the original version, not the pale imitation that was Fantasia 2000) and I was entranced by it. Specifically, I was entranced ... Read More »

Ten Great Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen (but probably should): A Holiday Gift Guide

Need a stocking stuffer for the film buff in your life? Try one of these: Ikiru A dying bureaucrat tries to build a children’s playground. Something of a departure for Akira Kurosawa, this small, focused urban drama is miles away from the samurai epics he’s better known for. Yet this study of a man’s search for meaning is perhaps Kurosawa’s ... Read More »

Finisterre, or The End Of The Earth

Finisterre literally means The End of The Earth. As usual, fans of Saint Etienne are left to puzzle over the subtext (if any), while the band itself publicly insists that it was simply taken from a now-discontinued location on the BBC Shipping News. Is the band breaking up? Do they think that they’ve reached the end of their artistic journey? ... Read More »

Spirited Away

Spirited Away is the latest film to hit theaters from Hayao Miyazaki, the genius who also created Princess Mononoke. It’s a beautiful film, and it’s highly recommended to anyone who’s interested in Anime at all (or to anyone who enjoyed Mononoke). The computer animated sequences are seamlessly integrated into the traditionally animated sequences, and there are simply some astonishing visuals. ... Read More »