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1999 Stories by Dennis Lim

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  • Fiennes and Hawke Get the Cold Shoulder

    published December 21, 1999

    As Evgeny Onegin, the luckless hero of Pushkin's cruelly ironic tale of romantic reversal, Ralph Fiennes—his thin lips locked into a rueful... More >>

  • The Emperors’ Old Clothes

    published December 14, 1999

    China's Fifth Generation continues to work through its midlife crisis. Zhang Yimou retreats further from art house opulence (his modest... More >>

  • Tim Roth Takes Some Shots

    published December 7, 1999

    Tough, bleak, and unencumbered by actor-turned-director hubris, Tim Roth's first feature, The War Zone (opening December 10), is anything... More >>

  • A Misfit Pair; Hit by a '2 by 4'; 007 Down

    published November 23, 1999

    Two Joel Schumacher movies in one year is more than the average human brain is built to withstand. Is this some sick cosmic joke? True,... More >>

  • Flirting With Disaster

    published November 9, 1999

    Perhaps the most modest and romantic disaster movie ever made, Don McKellar's Last Night is a crystallization of free-floating millennial... More >>

  • The Men That Time Forgot

    published October 26, 1999

    It's a testament to Tim Roth's sheer grace and adaptability that The Legend of 1900—a fanciful tale of a baby born at sea who grows up... More >>

  • Season of the Twitch

    published October 19, 1999

    Toronto native Don McKellar is best known in the States as an oddball presence in the films of his countrymen—the nerdy pet-shop proprietor... More >>

  • Brain Humor

    published October 19, 1999

    It was always self-evident that when Spike Jonze, the most offhandedly avant-garde and whacked-out of the MTV brats, moved on from commercials and... More >>

  • Face Value

    published October 5, 1999

    More than any of his peers, Terence Stamp defined— and remains haunted by— the '60s, a decade that saw him transform from the angelic... More >>

  • Life's Rich Pageant

    published September 28, 1999

    If Happy, Texas, the subject of a heated bidding war at Sundance this year, has any use at all, it's as an illustration of festival-induced... More >>

  • Modern Life Is Rubbish

    published September 21, 1999

    A choice poisoned-fortune-cookie aphorism from the Black Box Recorder album: "Life is unfair/Kill yourself or get over it." A wiseass rejoinder,... More >>

  • Hers and His and His

    published September 14, 1999

    Masquerading as a bubbleheaded update of Design for Living, Splendor is Gregg Araki's version of a family-values movie. The values in... More >>

  • Bad Habits

    published September 14, 1999

    The ad campaign for The Minus Man is what you might call an exercise in ironic suggestibility, all sneering warnings ("Don't Bring a Dumb... More >>

  • Killing Time

    published September 7, 1999

    The ad campaign for The Minus Man is what you might call an exercise in ironic suggestibility, all sneering warnings ("Don't Bring a Dumb... More >>

  • The Spoils of War

    published August 31, 1999

    The freshest aspect of Ziad Doueiri's largely autobiographical first feature, West Beirut, is its offhand acknowledgment that war zones can... More >>

  • Teaching Mrs. Tingle

    published August 31, 1999

    Yet another black comedy that misunderstands and misrepresents the genre— call them Very Bad Jawbreakers— Kevin Williamson's first... More >>

  • You choke, you learn

    published August 24, 1999

    Yet another black comedy that misunderstands and misrepresents the genre—call them Very Bad Jaw breakers—Kevin Williamson's first... More >>

  • White-Collar Crimes

    published August 17, 1999

    A riff on, among other things, wounded masculinity and white-collar facelessness, the Japanese revenge thriller Nobody opens with three ad... More >>

  • Making Tracks

    published August 10, 1999

    Trains and cameras make a good match," says director Patrice Chéreau. "Films that are set on trains are always exciting to me, even when... More >>

  • Twin Falls Idaho

    published July 27, 1999

    In Twin Falls Idaho, their somber, fablelike first feature, identical twins Michael and Mark Polish try to milk resonance from novelty... More >>

  • Trick

    published July 20, 1999

    Post-Sundance raves have claimed that Trick represents a new, agenda-free brand of gay film (call it the Gay Gay Cinema), "revolutionary"... More >>

  • Heather Donahue Casts A Spell

    published July 13, 1999

    "If there were craft services, it probably wouldn't be the film that it is," says Heather Donahue, who, along with her costars Joshua Leonard and... More >>

  • Losing It

    published July 6, 1999

    A shrill, underhanded, neighbor-from-hell thriller, Arlington Road seems genuinely unable to distinguish between topicality and... More >>

  • Defying Gravity

    published July 6, 1999

    Denying Reality, more like. John Keitel's first feature is impossibly naive, even as smoothed-over coming-out tales go, and its sole, cursory... More >>

  • Broken Vessels

    published June 29, 1999

    A particularly softheaded specimen of the just-say-no morality tale, Broken Vessels is a tawdry, flashy portrait of addiction whose main... More >>

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