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Bush II Could Inspire Another Indie Film Renaissancenew

As we enter George W. Bush's second term, the country's extreme rightward turn could ignite the type of movie renaissance not seen since eight years of nuclear proliferation, HIV discrimination, and materialist greed helped produce the American independent film movement of the late '80s and early '90s.
The Village Voice  |  Anthony Kaufman  |  01-13-2005  |  Movies

Movies That Heated Up Cinemas in 2004new

Not one of the political documentariess distributed this year made a fraction of Fahrenheit 9/11's earnings, and deservedly so, because not one outraged, engaged or entertained the way Michael Moore's film did.
The Pitch  |  Bill Gallo, Melissa Levine, Jean Oppenheimer, Luke Y. Thompson and Robert Wilonsky  |  12-27-2004  |  Movies

Sorrowful Sidewaysnew

Alexander Payne's newest Oscar contender is sadder and more reflective than his earlier films.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  11-20-2004  |  Reviews

Men Uncorkednew

A sophisticated date movie about male midlife malcontents and the women who love them comes from the director of Election and About Schmidt.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marjorie Baumgarten  |  11-04-2004  |  Reviews

Film Demonstrates How to Drown in a Wineglassnew

Perhaps the filmmaker identifies more with Jack and Miles as struggling artists -- he torments them only because they should know better. But when the director ultimately treats them with generosity, Sideways suggests that, like a fine wine, Payne's sensibility is turning less sour with age.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  11-04-2004  |  Reviews

Forward: Alexander Payne Takes a Step in the Right Directionnew

The alternately rollicking and mournful road comedy about the terrors of settling into middle age takes place during a vacation taken by two men, pals since college, in California wine country. Accompanying the review is an interview with director Alexander Payne.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steve Vineberg  |  10-28-2004  |  Reviews

Days of Wine and Neurosesnew

Payne's movies are distinguished by their indelible characters, and Sideways -- a cross between a three-legged sack race and a pedant's bacchanal -- is no exception, featuring two of the most fully realized comic creations in recent American movies.
The Village Voice  |  J. Hoberman  |  10-22-2004  |  Reviews

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