Reviews

Reviews: Jarecki's "All Good Things" and Hickenlooper's "Casino Jack"

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All Good Things (Andrew Jarecki. 2010. USA. 132 min.) Casino Jack (George Hickenlooper. 2010. USA. 108 min.) As a dramatic form, today’s crime docudramas have a rich literary heritage originating in true-crime magazines like True Detective and Master Detective, of the 1930s. These “slicks” were different from their fictional counterparts, the “pulps,” that grew Raymond… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "The Robber"

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival, which runs September 24th through October 10th. For a complete list of his selections, click here. The Robber (Benjamin Heisenberg. 2010. Austria-Germany. 96 min.) Bet you can’t think of another heist movie with a premise this simple and… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "Black Venus"

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival, which runs September 24th through October 10th. For a complete list of his selections, click here. Black Venus (Abdellatif Kechiche. 2010. France. 159 min.) The camera swings up past the startling, life-size plaster cast of the African woman,… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "The Social Network"

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival, which runs September 24th through October 10th. For a complete list of his selections, click here. The Social Network (David Fincher. 2010. USA. 120 m.) Why do you suppose Mark Zuckerberg, America’s only billionaire inventor with 500,000 friends,… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "Carlos"

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival, which runs September 24th through October 10th. For a complete list of his selections, click here. Carlos (Olivier Assayas. 2010. France/Germany. 319 min.) Scarface or Che? You have only six hours to decide. How much of yourself are… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "Certified Copy"

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival, which runs September 24th through October 10th. For a complete list of his selections, click here. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami. 2010. France/Germany.106 min.) Sometimes a copy of a marriage can be better than the original. Working in her… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "Of Gods and Men"

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival, which runs September 24th through October 10th. For a complete list of his selections, click here. Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois. 2010. France. 120 min.) On rare occasions the essence of a movie is transmitted by a… Read more »

New York Film Festival 2010 – Critic's Choice

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival. Below are excerpts of full reviews. New films will be added to this list throughout the fest, which runs September 24th through October 10th. The Robber (Benjamin Heisenberg. 2010. Austria-Germany. 96 min.) The Robber exemplifies a principle many… Read more »

“Catfish” and Lies the Internet Never Told You

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You might want to refresh your memory of Marc Ecko’s 2007 fabulously successful lnternet stunt—the spray-painting of what seems to be Air Force One on a dark night at what most accepted as Andrews Air Force Base. This colossal hoax, created by Ecko’s ad agency Droga 5 and personally supervised by the designer/entrepreneur and former… Read more »

Behind the Scenes with Six Masters of Design

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Chances are you didn’t know who decided to make Jimmy Stewart a stamp collector in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, but it was the production designer, Henry “Bummy” Bumstead. You might also have forgotten who aged the wood in the bleak gallows from which the convicted killers in In Cold Blood are hanged, but that was another… Read more »