Table of Contents
   Forewordp. xiii
   Introductionp. xix
   Prologue: Death of a Dream Palacep. xxix
   Review of La Dolce Vitap. xxxiv
   Interviews and Profiles
      Introductionp. 1
      Warren Beattyp. 3
      James Stewartp. 9
      Robert Mitchump. 14
      Mitch and Jimmy: Some Thoughtsp. 21
      Lee Marvinp. 25
      Ingmar Bergmanp. 35
      Martin Scorsese and Paul Schraderp. 47
      Robert Altmanp. 53
      Werner Herzogp. 59
      Meryl Streepp. 64
      Woody Allenp. 68
      Spike Leep. 75
      Tom Hanksp. 82
      Errol Morrisp. 93
      Steven Spielbergp. 98
   The Best
      Introductionp. 103
      1967 Bonnie and Clydep. 105
      1968 The Battle of Algiersp. 108
      1969 Zp. 110
      1970 Five Easy Piecesp. 113
      1971 The Last Picture Showp. 115
      1972 The Godfatherp. 118
      1973: Cries and Whispersp. 121
      1974: Scenes from a Marriagep. 124
      1975: Nashvillep. 127
      1976: Small Changep. 131
      1977: 3 Womenp. 133
      1978: An Unmarried Womanp. 135
      1979: Apocalypse Nowp. 138
      1980: The Black Stallionp. 141
      1981: My Dinner with Andrep. 144
      1982: Sophie's Choicep. 147
      1983: The Right Stuffp. 149
      1984: Amadeusp. 151
      1985: The Color Purplep. 154
      1986: Platoonp. 157
      1987: House of Gamesp. 160
      1988: Mississippi Burningp. 163
      1989: Do the Right Thingp. 167
      1990: GoodFellasp. 170
      1991: JFKp. 173
      1992: Malcolm Xp. 177
      1993: Schindler's Listp. 181
      1994: Hoop Dreamsp. 184
      1995: Leaving Las Vegasp. 188
      1996: Fargop. 191
      1997: Eve's Bayoup. 194
      1998: Dark Cityp. 197
      1999: Being John Malkovichp. 200
      2000: Almost Famousp. 202
      2001: Monster's Ballp. 205
      2002: Minority Reportp. 208
      2003: Monsterp. 211
      2004: Million Dollar Babyp. 214
      2005: Crashp. 217
   Foreign Films
      Introductionp. 221
      Tokyo Storyp. 223
      The Music Roomp. 225
      Au Hasard Balthazarp. 229
      Belle de Jourp. 233
      The Wild Childp. 236
      Claire's Kneep. 238
      Last Tango in Parisp. 240
      Fellini's Romap. 246
      Stroszekp. 249
      The Marriage of Maria Braunp. 251
      Wings of Desirep. 253
      Raise the Red Lanternp. 255
      The Scent of Green Papayap. 257
      Spirited Awayp. 260
      City of Godp. 262
   Documentaries
      Introductionp. 265
      Woodstockp. 267
      Harlan County, U.S.A.p. 272
      Gates of Heavenp. 274
      Say Amen, Somebodyp. 276
      The "Up" Moviesp. 278
         28 Upp. 278
         35 Upp. 281
         42 Upp. 284
      Shoahp. 287
      Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnamp. 293
      Crumbp. 296
      Heidi Fleiss, Hollywood Madamp. 299
      Microcosmosp. 302
   Overlooked and Underrated
      Introductionp. 305
      Thieves Like Usp. 307
      Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garciap. 309
      Saint Jackp. 313
      El Nortep. 315
      To Live and Die in L.A.p. 319
      Trouble in Mindp. 321
      Housekeepingp. 323
      The Rapturep. 325
      A Soldier's Daughter Never Criesp. 328
      The Saddest Music in the Worldp. 331
   Essays and Think Pieces
      Introductionp. 335
      That's the Way It Is: The Color Purple and the Oscarsp. 337
      Legacy of Star Warsp. 341
      John Cassavetes: An Appreciationp. 345
      Why I Love Black and Whitep. 349
      The Case for an A Ratingp. 354
      Well, Are Movies Better Than Ever?p. 364
      A Pulitzer for the Moviesp. 368
      Celluloid vs. Digital: The War for the Soul of the Cinemap. 371
      The Most Influential Films of the Centuryp. 377
      In Memoriam: Pauline Kaelp. 381
   On Film Criticism
      Introductionp. 385
      Twenty-five Years in the Darkp. 387
   Symposium from Film Comment
      All Thumbs, or, Is There a Future for Film Criticism?p. 394
      All Stars, or, Is There a Cure for Criticism of Film Criticism?p. 403
      Then Againp. 416
      Auteurism Is Alive and Well and Living in Argentinap. 420
   A Memo to Myself and Certain Other Film Criticsp. 430
   Epilogue: Thoughts on the Centennial of Cinemap. 433
   Coda: On the Meaning of Life...and Moviesp. 437
   Ten Best Lists, 1967-2005p. 441
   Indexp. 455