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Culture, The Exhibitionist Q&A: With <i>Life of Pi</i>, Director Ang Lee Films the Unfilmable

Q&A: With Life of Pi, Director Ang Lee Films the Unfilmable

Director Ang Lee doesn't like to make the same kind of movie twice, as he proved with films like Sense and Sensibility, a period drama, The Hulk, an action film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a martial arts movie, and Brokeback Mountain,…
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Film, "Life of Pi": Tiger, Tiger, Pixels Bright

"Life of Pi": Tiger, Tiger, Pixels Bright

A stacked-deck theological inquiry filtered through a Titanic-by-way-of-Slumdog Millionaire narrative, Life of Pi manages occasional spiritual wonder through its 3-D visuals but otherwise sinks like a stone. It's no shock that Ang Lee brings to his high seas adventure graceful…
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Film, "Life of Pi": Irrfan Khan Forges a Cross-Cultural Career

"Life of Pi": Irrfan Khan Forges a Cross-Cultural Career

"I can't think of a more pathetic situation for an actor than to do a film and not connect to it," Irrfan Khan says. "And I pray to God that I never face that situation." Khan might not be one…
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Film, <i>Taking Woodstock</i> does nothing more than recycle the same late-'60s tropes

Taking Woodstock does nothing more than recycle the same late-'60s tropes

"If you remember Woodstock, you probably weren't there," the expression goes. And if you were, can you please stop gassing on about it? Aquarian Nostalgia is the most oppressively sanctimonious and dull stripe of reminiscing. Sure, the three free days…
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Film, The Not Terrible Hulk

The Not Terrible Hulk

In recent days, Universal has been running a TV spot for The Incredible Hulk that gives away what should come as no surprise to any fanboy worth his action figure collection: the appearance of Robert Downey Jr. as, natch, Tony…
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Film, Ang Lee&#146;s 'Lust, Caution' Needs More, Less

Ang Lee’s 'Lust, Caution' Needs More, Less

"Beautiful" and "cruel" — that's how director Ang Lee describes Eileen Chang's 1979 short story about obsessive love and effortless betrayal in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, a tale upon which Lee has based his epic-length Lust, Caution. Writing in the afterword to…
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Film, Red Dusk

Red Dusk

If you're a parent trying to teach your sullen teenage kids that movies with subtitles aren't all bad, try taking them to see Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor). Like Christophe Gans' The Brotherhood of the Wolf or Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger,…
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Culture, Stage Getting It On

Getting It On

Lately everyone's been talking about Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain -- and rightly so. With its slow-burning exploration of the clandestine love affair between two handsome ranch hands thrust together on a Wyoming mountainside while herding sheep one summer, the film…
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Film, Homo on the Range

Homo on the Range

It's not hard to predict how Ang Lee's controversial Brokeback Mountain will play in John Wayne country. This romantic tragedy about a pair of lean, wind-burned cowpokes who secretly live to poke each other flies in the face of everything…
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Film, Chinese Box

Chinese Box

You're a talented young resident at a New York hospital, first-generation Chinese, and you happen to be gay. In fact, you're dating a new and exciting woman, a dancer with the city ballet, and she wants you to share the…
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Film, Crouching Forward, Hidden Goalie

Crouching Forward, Hidden Goalie

If you've seen a movie at a Landmark theater in the past year or so, you've probably enjoyed the trailer for Shaolin Soccer. Over a lilting Asian flute that morphs into pounding percussion, airborne soccer players execute kung fu moves…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Jonestown's Legacy

Jonestown's Legacy

WED 11/19 Americans who turned on the news on November 18, 1978, got one hell of a bombshell: Hundreds of members of Jim Jones' People's Temple lay dead in the Guyana jungle, an apparent mass murder/suicide. California U.S. Representative Leo…
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Film, Give Thanks

Give Thanks

Pieces of April, made by playwright-turned-novelist-turned-screenwriter-turned-director Peter Hedges, could be confused for a compendium reel of someone's home movies. Shot on digital video using existing light, it looks like something assembled by a film student for a final and lost…
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Film, Emotion  in Motion

Emotion in Motion

For slightly more than a decade, Chinese martial arts films have -- directly and indirectly -- gained a growing audience in America. Now the genre may find its greatest breakthrough coming from an unlikely source -- director Ang Lee, best…
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Jane's Addiction

Sense and Sensibility is a big movie about small gestures. It's easy to see why Jane Austen (whose 1811 novel of the same title is the basis for Emma Thompson's screenplay) is enjoying her present vogue in Hollywood: Her characters…
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