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Death in Venice

Glancing, Staring, Cruising

Queer Ways of Looking

Ecce homo

from the editor

The unsinkable Bright Lights!

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Glancing, Staring, Cruising: Queer Ways of Looking — Ecce homo

articles antechamber

300 300 Lies? Give Poetics a Chance — What’s Greek history without distortions, inaccuracies, and falsehoods?

Space Here We Come: P. J. Harvey’s Please Leave Quietly Redefines the Concert Film DVD — “It flashes before our eyes, and we are not even sure what we have witnessed.”

Amazing Scenes: Pretending to Be Normal — Pause. N-o-o-o-o-t!

Notes on a Scandal: On Film Criticism and Its Teachers — Will the twain ever meet?

Auspicious Beginnings: Nicholson’s Leitmotif in Five Easy Pieces — “His characters have tended to be more bewildered by life and disgusted by a world that won’t cooperate.”

The Panther and the Mouse: A Love Story — “Like the implicit struggle between Salome and Herod, it becomes unclear as to who serves whom.”

What a Waste: The Apocalyptic Prophecies of T. S. Eliot and Alfonso Cuarón — “What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow / Out of this stony rubbish?”

parlor of porn

FreewheelingBefore The Green Door: The Mitchell Brothers, the Counterculture, and Hard-Core’s Beginnings — It came from San Francisco

Secret Window: The Erotic Gaze of Tom Lazarus — “Lazarus doesn’t pathologize the locked-in gaze, he lets us feel it.”

revival room

Ronald Reagan’s Shoot from Hell! Cattle Queen of Montana — Up shit creek without a Pichon Longueville ’47

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recent cinema roundabout

Mo’ Money! Mo’ Money! Mo’ Money! J. K. Rowling Just Got Richer — Harry the Fifth comes in third

RatatouilleRat’s Eye for the Straight Guy: Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille — Eat first, talk later? If only!

Blow the Man Down: Aki Kaurismaki’s Lights in the Dusk — “The grafting on of the film’s film noir plot has a reductionist minimalism to it, as if Kaurismaki were sketching an archetype . . .

An Infarction to Die For: Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Thirteen — Can a film with George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt be all bad? Yes.

Return of the Return of the Repressed: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s 28 Weeks Later — Look familiar?

I Don't Want to Sleep AloneButterfly Dream: Tsai Ming-liang’s I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone — “There’s no overt sexuality to Rawang’s care for Hsiao Kang. It’s a tender act of love, a selfless giving of himself to another. “

interrogation alcove

Constructive Empathy: Speaking with Kadri Kousaar About Magnus — “People can die without love.”

Michael MooreStay Well, or Else . . .: Michael Moore’s Sicko — “What these Americans have could happen to us. And this is frightening.”

Silent Light or Absolute Miracle: An Interview with Carlos Reygadas at Cannes 2007 — “I hate the idea that film is actually telling a story!”

Back to Basis: Talking with Paul Verhoeven — On Black Book and his recent Hollywood defection

empty guest room

Irene DunneSmoke Gets in Your Eyes: The Elusive Pleasures of Irene Dunne — “You’d never get tired of having her around, because she’d always be someone else for you.”

bright sights

Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: Romeo, Juliet and Darkness; The Party and the Guests; Woman Is the Future of Man; Sansho the Bailiff; Old Joy; The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg; 20 Fingers; Electric Edwardians — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases

avant-garde atelier

The Odds of RecoveryClose to Home: The Films of Su Friedrich on DVD — Autobiography sometimes trumps art in these uneven works

The Valorized Artist: Incorporation into the “Perpetual Art Machine” [PAM] — Art for [PAM]’s sake

film festival flying buttress

Movin’ On Up: The 2007 Tribeca Film Festival — From neighborhood festival to NYC player

Closing the Closet: QDoc: The 2007 Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival — “We couldn’t figure out how to divide the cat . . .”

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