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    "A fast, complex, exhilarating roadster ride through history and time.... Kino is an intoxicating Euro-brew, written with enormous skill and dedication." — Frederick Barthelme

    "Jürgen Fauth's deft mashup of genre and historical period is both a full-throttle literary thriller of ideas and a contemplative examination of film and fascism. Kino is a debut of great intellectual  force."– Teddy Wayne

    "A surprising alternative history. Kino brings the golden age of German cinema to light with loving, sometimes gritty, detail and great precision." – Neal Pollack, author of Jewball.

    "A delirious melange of conspiracy, magic, sex, history, bad behavior, and cinema, Kino is a stellar entertainment, and Jürgen Fauth is a writer of rare, sinister imagination." – Owen King, author of Reenactment

    "A light-hearted romp that leads straight into darkness and back through the shadows on the wall."– Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

    "Movie nuts arise! A happy and felicitous debut."– Terese Svoboda

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Snakes on a Plane

From pitch to meme to hype to backlash, what’s left half a year later is a gleefully dumb B picture in the tradition of Arachnophobia and Tremors. In the middle of yet another awards season stuffed with the usual overpraised mediocrities and a few now-familiar great movies, this was a refreshingly unpretentious good time. As […]

Casino Royale

Everybody’s wondering whether or not Daniel Craig makes a good James Bond, but of course he’ll do nicely. The truth is, the role of 007 doesn’t really take much more than a cold stare and the capacity to look snazzy in a dinner jacket. The real question: what about Eva Green? We’ve adored the French […]

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker

How did we end up seeing this movie about a teenage secret agent saving the world from Mickey Rourke? It’s a long story, but it’s my blog, so I might as well tell it. It involves a severely sprained ankle, ridiculously oversold showings of The Departed at both 34th and 42nd Streets, and time to […]

Blade 2

I’m not sure what I was thinking–I must have rented this Wesley Snipes/Vampire thing to counteract NYFF-induced art house overload, or perhaps to get a better grip on director Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, which is showing at the festival and which I liked a lot. Either way, I suppose filmmaking for 12-year-old boys has […]

Banlieue 13

Bald people and people with tatoos talk tough, run, jump, shoot, and drive cars through locked gates. Parisian Escape from New York setting, Eastern acrobatics, and Euro techno soundtrack. Written by Luc Besson. There’s a bomb and a kidnapped sister and a villian who does too much cocaine for his own good. Banlieue 13, Pierre […]

Mission Impossible 3


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