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September 28th, 2005

10:26 am
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June 17th, 2005

03:13 pm

Where the Wild Things Are: The Miyazaki Menagerie

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May 14th, 2005

01:23 pm - AO Scott on Woody Allen's brilliant new upcming film "Match Point"
Is Woody Allen Back?

My head is still spinning. A truly shocking thing happened this morning. I saw a really good Woody Allen movie. Really. But wasn't there just a new Woody Allen movie, like a month ago, you ask. Well yes, and now there's another one. But this one (called "Match Point") is different. It's longer than most of his recent ones have been (more than two hours), with a scratchy old opera record playing over the opening titles instead of a scratchy old jazz record, and it was shot (beautifully, as usual) in London, with a mostly English cast (except for Scarlett Johansson, who plays an expatriate struggling actress from Colorado).

It's also serious, in the manner of "Crimes and Misdemeanors," and marvelously witty. When he's not trying to force out comic dialogue (the one-liners haven't been sharp for at least a decade), the man can really write. Not only at the level of what the people on screen say. This is one of the most crisply and ingeniously plotted American movies I've seen in some time. If there's one thing critics hate, it's a surprise twist, but Mr. Allen planted one near the end of this picture and the audience at the early morning press screening clapped and cheered.

Some of them will find things to complain about later on (and may be trashing it in the cafes as I write this), but I was happy. And while a ghost does appear briefly in "Match Point," the ghost doesn't have sex with anyone, as in "Lemming" and "The Bow." So things are looking up.

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May 7th, 2005

04:47 am

Heroes vs. Stars: Revenge of the Nerds


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02:39 am - Mysterious Skin

Tony has a deliriously positive review of Mysterious Skin, which is a new film by Gregg Araki that came out this week.

I usually don't post Tony's film reviews unless they are extraordinary, and this one is for two reasons: he names the film the best he has seen so far this year, and he pays special attention on the director's ouevre, stating that he "might be the American Almodovar."


This is the guy.

Here is a short filmography.

  1. CrEEEEps! (2006) (announced)
  2. Mysterious Skin (2004)
  3. This Is How the World Ends (2000) (TV)
  4. Splendor (1999)
  5. Nowhere (1997)
  6. The Doom Generation (1995)
  7. Totally F***ed Up (1993)
  8. The Living End (1992/I)
  9. The Long Weekend (O'Despair) (1989)
  10. Three Bewildered People in the Night (1987)

It is an impressive output. 

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March 11th, 2005

03:38 pm

Why We Won't Let Woody Allen Grow Up

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February 11th, 2005


</nyt_kicker>In his review of the retrospective of the Godard film, Scott recommends it for "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola" as well as "the children of Ronald Reagan and Red Bull." The second one is the most inspired remark in a film review about my generation of young people.

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November 19th, 2004

06:12 pm - What Is a Foreign Movie Now?

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November 1st, 2004

12:13 am - Not Tony but almost as good

Be Somewhat Afraid; Tricks for Horror Fans

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October 14th, 2004

08:48 am

Tony urges his readers not "to miss an opportunity to experience the embracing, affirming, world-changing potential of humanist cinema at its finest." Go and see "Moolaade."

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