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2000 Stories by Amy Taubin

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  • Willem Dafoe Bares His Fangs

    published December 26, 2000

    The deliriously camp concept of E. Elias Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire is that Max Schreck, the star of F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu,... More >>

  • Boys Will Be Boys (Sometimes Women)

    published December 19, 2000

    All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy's elegiac novel about the loss of the West and the end of youth, has been adapted with respect and... More >>

  • Gus Van Sant’s Conventional Wisdom

    published December 12, 2000

    As generic as a Christmas tree, Finding Forrester would be pretty disposable if it were not decorated with taste and tenderness by Gus Van... More >>

  • Fear of Flying

    published December 5, 2000

    Although hardly a connoisseur of Chinese martial arts movies, I count among my most delirious cinematic experiences a Berlin Film Festival... More >>

  • Landscapes With Alienated Figures

    published November 28, 2000

    If Michael Snow's 1967 landmark avant-garde film Wavelength is like a Hitchcock movie with the narrative pared away so that only the... More >>

  • Blasts from the Past

    published November 14, 2000

    Set in Paris during the countdown to Christmas Eve, Danièle Thompson's by turns hilarious and wounding La Bûche disproves the... More >>

  • ‘Boys’ Keeps Swinging

    published November 14, 2000

    In these days of too many movies, it's rare for any of them to get a second chance at life. Wonder Boys, Curtis Hanson's bedraggled... More >>

  • What Would the Community Think

    published November 7, 2000

    Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me, the winner of two of Sundance's biggest prizes, seems like a TV movie. A well-written,... More >>

  • Swing the Body Electric

    published October 31, 2000

    In the current issue of Film Comment, Harmony Korine names Jean Eustache's The Mother and the Whore "the greatest movie about love."... More >>

  • Eyes and Ears of the Beholder

    published October 24, 2000

    Tonie Marshall's Venus Beauty Institute is a showcase for Nathalie Baye, who rode to stardom on a bicycle in Godard's 1979 Every Man for... More >>

  • Vincent Canby, 1924–2000

    published October 24, 2000

    As the first-string film critic for The New York Times from 1969 to 1993, Vincent Canby had a hand in making New York a moviegoing town to... More >>

  • Peep Shows and Prison Showmanship

    published October 17, 2000

    "Two, four, six, eight. Don't go in to masturbate," chant the strippers who are picketing the entrance to San Francisco's Lusty Lady Theater. In... More >>

  • First-Timers Get Under the Skin

    published October 10, 2000

    The first image in Ratcatcher, Lynne Ramsay's haunting evocation of a horrific Glasgow childhood, is of a preadolescent boy wrapping... More >>

  • Spike Lee’s Own Scary Movie

    published October 3, 2000

    What better title than Bamboozled for a film in which the most electrifying dance numbers since the days of Vincente Minnelli occur within... More >>

  • The Way of a Gun

    published October 3, 2000

    A wry, nearly deadpan suburban comedy, David Maquiling's Too Much Sleep is so good it made me wish I had kept that workhorse phrase... More >>

  • Original Sins and Future Shock

    published September 26, 2000

    An autumn ritual, the New York Film Festival's "Views From the Avant-Garde" offers... More >>

  • Sweet Release

    published September 19, 2000

    Wit Labor Day already a distant memory, Hollywood studio suits are trying to ignore their less than stellar summer box office grosses—down 5... More >>

  • Kin Flick; Kindred Spirits

    published September 19, 2000

    By any standards, Alma is a nightmare of a mother. A pathological narcissist who experiences frequent psychotic episodes, she has problems with... More >>

  • There Is Power in a Union

    published September 12, 2000

    Restrained, tough, and subtle enough to be as engrossing on the second viewing as it was on the first, Laurent Cantet's Human Resources is... More >>

  • Endurance Training

    published August 29, 2000

    "We have TV down here," says one of the tunnel dwellers in Marc Singer's Dark Days. For five years, Singer documented the men and women who... More >>

  • Boiling Points

    published August 22, 2000

    Just in time to put Lars Von Trier and his hype-happy Dogma spawn in perspective, Rob Nilsson's 1996 Chalk—an Oedipal drama so raw it... More >>

  • Rules of Engagement

    published August 15, 2000

    In honor of their anniversaries and in conjunction with their DVD release, classic films are being restored and showcased in theaters for limited... More >>

  • Crimes and Misdemeanors

    published August 8, 2000

    There's a moment in Gimme Shelter, David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin's documentary of the Rolling Stones' 1969 American... More >>

  • Primal Screen

    published August 1, 2000

    An anti-blockbuster about a guy who busts blocks legally for a living, Raging Bull makes pain the measure of manhood. Not only pain... More >>

  • We’ve Got to Get Out of This Place

    published July 25, 2000

    Mooney Pottie puts sparkles on her science-class diagrams of fallopian tubes, which isn't the only reason that everyone in the small Nova Scotia... More >>

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