Other Articles by Imran Siddiquee
CINEMA» Children of Men - FROM THE ARCHIVES: Being released to DVD next week, Alfonso Cuaron's visionary 2006 film imagines humanity in the year 2027, in a world where the artistic voice has been completely lost among the wreckage of constant war and strife, and it is a world that looks frighteningly familiar.
[06.24.2008 by Imran Siddiquee]
CINEMA» The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - American expressionist painter turned film director Julian Schnabel, who controversially debuted a decade ago by writing himself (and his family) into Basquiat, moves on to his third artistic biopic - after Reinaldo Arenas - with a remarkable adaptation of Jean-Dominique Bauby's memoir.
[03.18.2008 by Imran Siddiquee]
FESTIVALS» Noise Pop 2008 - For the fifth time in its storied 16-year running, LAS brings you a few highlights from San Francisco's biggest indie festival. This year LAS contributing writer Imran Sddiquee makes the rounds.
[03.04.2008 by Imran Siddiquee]
FESTIVALS» Treasure Island 2007: Text recap - Not being content with their own week-long festival in the city by the Bay, the folks at Noise Pop have teamed up with Another Planet to put together another music festival, which this year included DJ Shadow, M.I.A, Modest Mouse, Spoon and others.
[09.19.2007 by Imran Siddiquee]
FESTIVALS» Treasure Island 2007: Photo recap - Amidst the illustrious landmarks of San Francisco Bay, in the shadow of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, there is hidden the far less glamorous Treasure Island, which last weekend played host to an excellent music festival.
[09.19.2007 by Imran Siddiquee]
CINEMA» Bourne Ultimatum - Bloody Sunday and United 93 director Paul Greengrass has put together an action-movie feast for the ages; it's not only the best stand-alone film in the Bourne series but may very well be the most satisfying pure summer blockbuster in years.
[08.21.2007 by Imran Siddiquee]
CINEMA» Hairspray - Imran Siddiquee figures that if you had to quibble with Adam Shankman's remake of John Waters' classic civil rights musical, you might start with the surfeit of sugar poured into every last frame of film.
[08.03.2007 by Imran Siddiquee]
CINEMA» A Mighty Heart - Produced by Brad Pitt and starring Angelina Jolie, Michael Winterbottom's film plays like an entire season of The Wire packed into two brisk hours of rising tension.
[06.25.2007 by Imran Siddiquee]
CINEMA» Because I Said So - Director Michael Lehmann's latest film is not only confused about its central message, but it's about as funny an episode of 7th Heaven, a "chick-flick" that doesn't believe in women.
[05.29.2007 by Imran Siddiquee]
CINEMA» Spider-Man 3 - Sam Raimi's decision to stuff so many similar ideas into one work makes the total impact of this film far less than it could have been, yet the director still manages to shows his mastery of large-scale entertainment.
[05.22.2007 by Imran Siddiquee]
CINEMA» Fracture - Although often predictable, this film cannot be separated from the formidable presence of the two actors at its center. Ryan Gosling's charismatic intensity and Anthony Hopkins' sinister allure make it easy to overlook the major plot holes and improbabilities of the narrative.
[05.02.2007 by Imran Siddiquee]
CINEMA» Namesake - Taking its cues from Jhumpa Lahiri's prose, the real meat of director Mira Nair's latest Bengali-Indian familial drama lies in what is left unsaid.
[04.18.2007 by Imran Siddiquee]
CINEMA» Grindhouse - While the rest of Hollywood mechanically pumps out one flaccid blockbuster after another, directors Quentin Tarantino and his pal Robert Rodriguez are speeding down the back roads of cinema with bad-ass women and beautiful cars.
[04.10.2007 by Imran Siddiquee]
CINEMA» Last King of Scotland - It is his subtlety and charm, rather than manic expressions of violence or anger, that give Oscar hopefull Forest Whittaker's performance as Idi Amin its vitality. Whittaker actually makes Amin likable, and for this reason the eventual brutality is far more disturbing.
[02.14.2007 by Imran Siddiquee]
CINEMA» Volver - Snubbed yet again by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, director Pedro Almodóvar's latest film doesn't need an Oscar nomination to prove that it is the criminally underrated Spanish filmmaker's simplest and most effective masterpiece yet.
[01.30.2007 by Imran Siddiquee]