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2004 Stories by David Ng

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  • People Chat

    published December 28, 2004

    For the uninitiated, a "googlewhack" may sound like something to do on a lonely night with a high-speed Internet connection, a bottle of lube, and... More >>

  • Theater

    published December 14, 2004

    Wringing new meaning from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is by now an exercise in diminishing returns. What can be said about the modern... More >>

  • Theater

    published November 30, 2004

    Is there a more symbol-rich icon of suburbia than the cul-de-sac? With intimations of dead-end claustrophobia and insular intimacy, it has long... More >>

  • House Rules

    published November 23, 2004

    Ten years ago this month, Zhang Yimou's To Live opened in U.S. theaters. The historical melodrama maps one family's transformation from... More >>

  • Film

    published November 9, 2004

    A culture-clash comedy that takes the notion of Japanese otherness to ludicrous extremes, Alain Corneau's Fear and Trembling follows a year... More >>

  • Harem Scarem

    published November 2, 2004

    How often do New York theatergoers get a chance to see a premier work from a major Indian dramatist, staged with the collaboration of the writer... More >>

  • Film

    published November 2, 2004

    French actor Laurent Lucas has a genuinely creepy presence (hissing voice, menacing underbite), but ironically, he's best known stateside as the... More >>

  • Film

    published October 12, 2004

    To a generation, Brian Austin Green will forever be associated with David Silver, the sensitive dweeb of Beverly Hills 90210. Four years... More >>

  • The African King

    published October 5, 2004

    For 81-year-old Ousmane Sembene, the best part of making a movie comes after writing, filming, and editing. In fact, it comes after the movie is... More >>

  • Film

    published October 5, 2004

    In 1997, Miramax scored a minor box office coup with Masayuki Suo's Shall We Dance?, a comedy about a Japanese salaryman who takes up... More >>

  • No Peace, No Sex

    published September 28, 2004

    Having triumphed in such demanding roles as Electra and Antigone, Greek actress Lydia Koniordou may seem to be taking a well-deserved break by... More >>

  • Inert Bodies

    published September 21, 2004

    A third of the way through Adam Rapp's slacker fantasy Finer Noble Gases, a character takes a leak onstage. It's not a simulated pee done... More >>

  • Good Grief!

    published September 7, 2004

    The palindromic title of Bert V. Royal's irreverent Peanuts adaptation possesses a profound simplicity. In three short syllables, it brings the... More >>

  • Film

    published September 7, 2004

    It takes a (Czech) village: When Prague resistance fighter Eliska (Anna Geislerová) learns that the SS is after her, she flees to the... More >>

  • Stress Becomes Her: Actress Conquers Middlebrow Angst

    published August 24, 2004

    Among the many pleasures of watching Italian actress Laura Morante is a certain astringency that seizes her face in moments of stress—her... More >>

  • Blame It on Rio

    published August 24, 2004

    Set during a little-known episode in French imperial history (the failed colonization of Rio de Janeiro in 1556), Jean-Christophe Rufin's... More >>

  • Trick or Treason

    published August 24, 2004

    The author of I'm Gonna to Kill the President wants you to know that merely uttering the name of his play is a federal offense, so he's... More >>

  • Film

    published August 10, 2004

    A poor-rich-girl whinefest based upon actress-director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's own privileged upbringing, It's Easier for a Camel . . .... More >>

  • Gender-Bending Sophocles at a Timely Political Moment

    published July 27, 2004

    With its depiction of a wartime ruler whose unyielding ideology gradually alienates the home front, ultimately leading to his ruin, Sophocles'... More >>

  • Accountant Cures Depressed Housewife Just by Listening

    published July 20, 2004

    Patrice Leconte certainly knows his audience. Like much of his work of the past 15 years, his latest is a bland chamber drama for those who like... More >>

  • Better Luck Today: Asian Fest Imagines There's No Countries

    published July 6, 2004

    How much Asian cinema can one city take in a single summer? Last month's New York Asian Film Festival placed some of the continent's edgier output... More >>

  • A Dry White Season

    published June 22, 2004

    Abduction thrillers generate much of their appeal (and, let's admit it, schadenfreude) by observing their typically complacent, upper-crust... More >>

  • Theater

    published June 22, 2004

    A pubescent girl spends a night having sex with a talking corpse and being pursued by a police officer dressed in a bear suit. Kevin Oakes's... More >>

  • Film

    published June 15, 2004

    Returning to the territory of his 1989 hit The Bear, Jean-Jacques Annaud delivers another refreshingly mature fable of bestial devotion,... More >>

  • Film

    published May 11, 2004

    A cutesy tale of endless childhood love, this French romantic fantasy begins with eight-year-olds Julien and Sophie learning to cope with catty... More >>

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