David Ehrenstein

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  • 13 years ago | Film Reviews

    The ten best pictures of 2002: 1. I'm Going Home. The most beautiful film ever made about aging by the world's oldest working filmmaker, 94-year-old Manoel de Oliveira. 2. Far from Heaven. Todd Haynes's Douglas Sirk-inspired melodrama about race a...

  • 14 years ago | Film Reviews

    Times certainly have changed. Twenty years ago, a musical about an East German transsexual rock singer would have premiered in one of New York's off-off-Broadway theaters or cabarets, run for a couple of weeks and remained a pleasant memory of a s...

  • 14 years ago | Film Reviews

    That anyone should consider making a film of Reinaldo Arenas's memoir Before Night Falls is curious. That the person to do it should be painter-turned-film director Julian Schnabel is truly unusual. And that the results should be as good as they a...

  • 15 years ago | Film Reviews

    Somewhere near the halfway mark of The Broken Hearts Club, the latest gay romantic comedy (they really seem to be piling up these days) comes a not-unexpected scene where a rock-solidly avuncular/maternal older man (John Mahoney) tells a tremulous...

  • 15 years ago | Film Reviews

    When John Waters is at his best, as he is with his latest, Cecil B. Demented, he can pull you in like few filmmakers can. But recognizing that fact can sometimes be difficult in today's market-driven context. In fact, for the first half hour or so...

  • 15 years ago | Film Reviews

    It would be the easiest thing in the world to write off But I'm a Cheerleader, the story of a teenager discovering her sexual identity through a program designed to repress it, as a Saturday Night Live sketch awkwardly inflated to feature length. ...