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Zap2It.comThe nine-disc "Viva Pedro: The Almodovar Collection" ($117.95) from Sony Pictures Classics is an excellent passport to that witty, campy, involving land of filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. It contains eight of the Spanish director's best films, two of which --...
Tags: Cinema Industry, Drama (genre), Death, Academy Awards, Crimes
Zap2It.comMaybe I should confess that if Michel Gondry's next directing project involved rerouting traffic, I'd buy a ticket with my own money. "The Science of Sleep," Gondry's third feature, follows the under-loved "Human Nature" and the much more successful,...
The world premiere of Ron Howard's shrouded-in-secrecy "The Da Vinci Code" has created something of a smokescreen effect at the 59th Cannes Film Festival, which opens here Wednesday evening. Usually in the days and hours leading up to the festival,...
When the nominations for this year's IFP Gotham Awards were announced there was widespread criticism and head-scratching as to how the traditionally indie-oriented organization had found a way to include such relatively big-budget, studio-released films...
Zap2It.com"Last night I dreamt that 60 homeless prostitutes were invited to my apartment," says writer-director Michel Gondry, known for his critically acclaimed "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." "It was ... a representation of the spam mail I receive -- the...
Zap2It.comGiven that production has been underway for a while now, it's good that "The Bourne Ultimatum" has finally found its big villain. After an extended flirtation with Gael Garcia Bernal, the "Bourne" sequel has at least stayed in the Spanish-speaking world,...
Times Staff WriterThe words on the American poster for the Mexican film "El Crimen del Padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro)" say it all: "Love. Lust. Sin." Of the many kinds of movie love, forbidden love gives off the greatest charge, and what could be more forbidden...
Tags: Mexico, Christianity, Crimes, Crime, Law and Justice, Health
Times Staff WriterOutrageous without being offensive, provocatively and unapologetically sexual, alive to the possibilities of life and cinema, Alfonso Cuaron's "Y Tu Mama Tambien" is a sophisticated film happily masquerading as something off the cuff. Nominally a...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday April 13, 2001 "Amores Perros" is in every way a major work, yet it is so automatically controversial in one crucial aspect that this must be dealt with before the film can be considered as a whole. Director Alejandro Gonzalez...
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TRIBUNE STAFF REPORTER2 ˝ stars (out of 4) Spain's cinematic toreador Pedro Almodovar returns with "Bad Education," a deeply personal, sharply realized film that shrouds itself in film noir sensibilities and the recent Catholic Church sex abuse scandals. While Almodovar...
Tags: Christianity, Sexual Assault, Pedro Almodovar, Spain, Sony Corp.
Chicago Tribune movie criticCan Cannes bounce back from "The Brown Bunny"? Or will Michael Moore's already controversial "Fahrenheit 9/11" dominate the international movie showcase, which begins again Wednesday on the southern coast of France? Last year's Cannes Film Festival --...
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