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Opening This Week: November 17th, 2006

By Christopher Bonet IFC News [Photo: Neil Armfield’s “Candy,” ThinkFilm, 2006] A round-up of the indie and indie-ish films opening in theaters this week. “After Dark Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For” Apparently nothing spells “autumn” like horror films. Arriving a few weeks late for Halloween, the folks at After Dark Films are releasing this […]

Opening This Week: November 10th, 2006

By Christopher Bonet IFC News [Photo: “Come Early Morning,” Roadside Attractions, 2006] A round-up of the indie and indie-ish films opening in theaters this week. “The Cave of the Yellow Dog” A young girl must choose between her family and her pet, after she decides to adopt a dog against her father’s wishes. This is […]

What’s Up In November

By Christopher Bonet IFC News [Photo: Chia-Liang Liu’s “Dirty Ho,” part of BAM’s series Heroic Grace II: Shaw Brothers Return] AFI Fest Nov. 1-12 Returning for its twentieth year, L.A.’s biggest and brightest film fest continues promoting domestic and international, mainstream and independent, feature-length and short, narrative and documentary and, well, pretty much all things […]

Steve Anderson on “Fuck”

By Dan Persons IFC News [Photo: One of Bill Plympton’s animated interludes, ThinkFilm, 2006] “What’s the big deal? It doesn’t hurt anybody. Fuck-fuckety-fuck-fuck-fuck.” —Eric Cartman, as quoted in “Fuck” Here’s one reason to become a film journalist: It’s not likely that Cat Fancy will be featuring the word “fuck” as often as you’re going to […]

The Rise of the Fanumentary

By Dan Persons IFC News [Photo: “95 Miles to Go,” ThinkFilm, 2006] Halfway through a screening of “95 Miles to Go,” the video diary of comedian Ray Romano’s performance tour through the south, I thought I saw the future of documentary filmmaking, and it scared the shit out of me. I saw comedians, rock stars, […]

Opening This Week: November 3rd, 2006

By Christopher Bonet IFC News [Photo: “Romanticó,” Meteor Films, 2006] A round-up of the indie and indie-ish films opening in theaters this week. “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” “Jagshemash!” Sacha Baron Cohen returns to the big screen in this controversial mockumentary that made a huge splash at the […]

Phillip Noyce on “Catch a Fire”

By Dan Persons IFC News [Photo: Focus Features, 2006] Give director Phillip Noyce this: The man knows how to distill injustice and oppression into compelling tales of individual action. Having previously tackled Australia’s attempt at institutional genocide in “Rabbit-Proof Fence” and adapted Graham Greene’s examination of corruption in pre-quagmire Vietnam in “The Quiet American,” Noyce […]

Opening This Week: October 27th, 2006

By Christopher Bonet IFC News [Photo: “Babel,” Paramount Vantage, 2006] A round-up of the indie and indie-ish films opening in theaters this week. “20 Centimeters” Director Ramón Salazar taps into the “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” formula in this film about a narcoleptic transvestite hoping to rid herself of eight inches of junk to become […]

Alternate Endings Actually Worth Watching

By Aaron Hillis, Michelle Orange, Matt Singer, R. Emmet Sweeney and Alison Willmore The DVD of “X-Men: The Last Stand,” which went on sale this week, offers not one, not even two, but three alternate endings — what, did they let test audience vote with buttons on their armrests? (Well, we wouldn’t rule it out.) […]

All the paints in the paint box: John Cameron Mitchell on “Shortbus”

By Dan Persons IFC News [Photo: ThinkFilm, 2006] Into a desert of retrograde Puritanism and institutional denial, director John Cameron Mitchell (who made his directorial debut with 2001’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) posits “Shortbus,” a New York-based oasis/salon where a Bush-fatigued populace can converge for art, music, conversation, and, oh yeah, unbridled sex. Into […]