Category: FILM ARCHIVES

  • NY Mirror – 6/9/98

    It’s too soon for me to say anything qualitative about writer-director-star Vincent Gallo’s Buffalo ’66, but I can report that, while in some ways the film makes Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas look like Bedknobs and Broomsticks, it ultimately succeeds in disproving that gibe from A Chorus Line, “Suicide in Buffalo is redundant.”After a […]

  • Frank Sinatra 1915-1998

    THE LAST CROONER By Gary Giddins Nobody was shocked to learn of Frank Sinatra’s death at 82–almost everyone was surprised he lingered as long as he did. Yet his leaving inevitably focuses attention on a shared history. High arts never unite us as intimately as popular ones, and Sinatra’s absence is unmooring on several levels, […]

  • NY Mirror

    The fun, inspiring, but long Drama League Awards luncheon at the Plaza seemed to honor the majority of people who crossed a stage this year. As we vainly waited until dork, the other winners were so adorably grateful and honored to be sitting on the dais with all the other grateful and honored personages that […]

  • [He Got] Game Plan

    Spike Lee doesn’t want to tell people what to think about race and the movies, but that doesn’t mean he’s without opinions. “I don’t want to sound like Amiri Baraka or something,” he says, “like I’m the gatekeeper of black cinema, but c’mon. A lot of these films that are coming out are just bullshit. […]

  • NY Mirror

    Mainstream movies have an uncanny way of serving up gay characters; they make them straight. The most prominent recent movie queers have either “turned” straight (Chasing Amy), pretended to be straight (The Birdcage), thought they were straight (In & Out), moved in with a straight (The Object of My Affection), or they might as well […]

  • Sliding Doors

    Five minutes into Sliding Doors, Gwyneth Paltrow splits in two. Had this amoeba-like fission occured throughout the film at five-minute intervals, it would have spawned 1,048,576 Gwyneths (I did the math; I was bored). Writer-director Peter Howitt’s high concept isn’t nearly as disturbing–he simply flip-flops between two versions of the same woman in an oafishly […]

  • Behind the Screen

    In the gutsy black-and-white noir fable Gilda (1946), the sultry title character (Rita Hayworth), just married to a casino’s sinister owner, meets up with her old flame, Johnny Farrell, now her husband’s best friend. Two hours of plot twists later, they end up in each others’ arms. But before that, Gilda must disclose her devastating […]

  • Quentin Tarantino, Natural Born Filmmaker

    Natural Born Filmmaker: Quentin Tarantino vs. the Film Geeks October 24, 1994 The blood-red invitation should have read: THE OFFICERS AND DIREC­TORS OF THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER, MIRAMAX FILMS, VOLVO, AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO THE CORONATION OF QUENTIN TARANTINO AND THE OPENING OF THE 32ND NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL. After all, from […]

  • Ruminations on Todd Haynes

    “Ruminations on Todd” April 16, 1991 “Ah ha ha ha, ah ha ha ha ha, ah ha ha ha ha ha.” Laughter running on my ear like water against glass. “Ah ha. You didn’t see it? No one told you? Come on, someone must have told you. Let me tell you. Before the theme music […]

  • Martin Scorsese, King of the Outsiders

    Martin Scorsese Rages On: King of the Outsiders February 15, 1983 It’s late in the final day of shooting on King of Comedy, and the press has been invited to a studio so far west it’s practically in New Jersey to watch Martin Scorsese film inserts. Technicians have begun dismantling the set, tables are being […]