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The Beach (I) (2000)
Somewhere on this planet it must exist.
Filmmaker(s): Danny Boyle

Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.

Exotic Adventures For me, when a film fails to engage me by itself, I jump up a level, in this case making it a chapter in the movie of the life of Danny Boyle. I like the guy. I like his instincts. He envisions worlds that...

Published February 10, 2024
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The Girl (2000)
Filmmaker(s): Sande Zeig

A torrid affair between two women, a struggling artist and a flame-haired blues singer, upsets a man who has a thing for the girl.

Room in Paris I guess I should describe what the filmmaker described as her goals. She wanted to make a noir love story and to ‘abstract‘ it, making it pure, and therefore effective. This isn’t noir as I understand it, but that does not matter in this...

Published February 9, 2024
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Billy Elliott (2000)
Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it.
Filmmaker(s): Stephen Daldry

County Durham, England, 1984. The miners' strike has started and the police have started coming up from Bethnal Green, starting a class war with the lower classes suffering. Caught in the middle of the conflict is 11-year old Billy Elliot, who, after leaving his boxing club for the day, stumbles upon a ballet class and finds out that he's naturally talented. He practices with his teacher Mrs. Wilkinson for an upcoming audition in Newcastle-upon Tyne for the royal Ballet school in London.

Battle Dancer This is a replacement comment. Though the dance was passable here, the story is so vapid and unembellished, I sat there looking for another movie. And I found one, battling to get out. It was clever and true, overlooked because of the mediocrity placed in...

Published August 27, 2023
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Cheeky (2000)
Filmmaker(s): Tinto Brass

While scouting out apartments in London for her Venetian boyfriend, Carla rents an apartment that overlooks the Thames. There she meet the lesbian hyper-horny real estate agent Moira.

Nonchalant Openness Some films are simply about the appeal of one character. That's all that matters. There seem to be two types: those that depend on the charm of attractive women, and those that have to work some other engagement. Often that's the acting challenge. I'm thinking in...

Published August 3, 2023
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Better Than Sex (2000)
3 days in the life of a 1 night stand.
Filmmaker(s): Jonathan Teplitzky

After a one-night stand a couple is faced with the terrifying possibility of what they really want.

Freckles, Neck This slight project has nothing to recommend it, except wonder at its reason for being. But that is enough for me. See, the reason behind such a project is that the sexual charm of a woman — a certain woman — is an accelerating capture....

Published June 20, 2023
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Beat (2000)
Sex and Drugs before Rock and Roll
Filmmaker(s): Gary Walkow

The true story of two murders that shaped the lives of several college students who went on to become some of the most influential writers of the "Beat Generation."

Off Beat Off I will travel to see a film that is “folded“ in the simple sense this one is: writing about writing, especially when the story is historically based and most especially when the literary tradition in question is all about just this manner of...

Published May 16, 2023
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Arabian Nights (2000)

Targeted for assassination by his first wife and his evil brother, a young sultan must marry by the next full moon or he will lose his kingdom. His uncertainty over his newfound bride causes her to stall the sultan with a series of fantastic stories to ease the tension and stall her impending execution.

In the Lamp One key to master storytelling is the art of folding. That includes all sorts of techniques of overlapping narrative, spanning from overarching metaphor to stories within stories. It is an ancient technique, as old as any story we know. It is especially present...

Published May 1, 2023
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Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000-2015)
Dancing is forbidden!
Filmmaker(s): Jerry Zucker

The surreal adventures of three anthropomorphic fast food items: Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad, and their human nextdoor neighbor, Carl Brutananadilewski.

Abstraction Along the Folds The game of animation is in large measure a matter of moving further and further into abstract universes. The game of modern movies is a matter of folding along self-referential dimensions. The rate of abstraction has been pushed pretty far, from Beavis...

Published May 1, 2023
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Amores Perros (2000)
Love. Betrayal. Death.

A fatalistic car crash in Mexico city sets off a chain of events in the lives of three people: a supermodel, a young man wanting to run off with his sister-in-law, and a homeless man. Their lives are catapulted into unforeseen situations instigated by the seemingly inconsequential destiny of a dog.

Panting Astrology I believe that the future of film is now firmly in the hands of Spanish-speaking filmmakers. Not that they make the best films, but that they have the current crop of ideas. We saw Italians introduce us to the notion that a camera can...

Published April 1, 2023
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Italian for Beginners (2000)
Attendance optional. Passion required.
Filmmaker(s): Lone Scherfig

A group of strangers find friendship, family and love within an Italian beginners’ course.

Red Hair in Venice You know, intelligent filmmakers are faced with all sorts of philosophical dilemmas, not the least of which are controversies over storytelling styles. Let’s call them the North and South. The Northern style is a matter of creating a world whose fabric is a...

Published March 13, 2023
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