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2000 Stories by Dennis Lim

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  • The Emancipation Proclamations

    published December 19, 2000

    Swapping the wanton excesses of the 1980s New York art world for the puritanical confines of the Castro regime, Julian Schnabel continues to tread... More >>

  • That Old Slack Magic

    published December 12, 2000

    Lasse Hallström's Chocolat shares with the director's previous Miramax Oscar cause—the sheepish, unwittingly contradictory... More >>

  • Scout Camp

    published December 5, 2000

    The gay shorts profitably anthologized by Strand every few years have largely avoided formal and thematic risks in favor of quippy, frothy uplift.... More >>

  • Hothouse Flower

    published December 5, 2000

    Lily Bart, the beautiful socialite destroyed by a ruthless hierarchical machinery in Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, remains one of... More >>

  • This Won’t Hurt a Bit

    published November 21, 2000

    Variously characterized as ingenious, cheap, or (by those familiar with '60s cult favorite Carnival of Souls) secondhand, the suckerpunch... More >>

  • Do You Believe?

    published November 14, 2000

    A pale, patchy amalgam of the year's two unfairly reviled interplanetary adventures, Supernova and Mission to Mars, the lunkheaded... More >>

  • Lou Ye’s Generation Next

    published November 7, 2000

    Mainland Chinese cinema nudged its way into Western art houses in the late '80s with the panoramic history lessons of the so-called Fifth... More >>

  • Diphthong Songs

    published October 24, 2000

    Stephin Merritt's grand project involves nothing less than the mass production of pop. Those 69 love songs reveal new facets every time you hold... More >>

  • Dark Victories

    published October 24, 2000

    "I'm the slowest guy ever," says James Gray, explaining why it took him six years to follow up Little Odessa with The Yards. "People... More >>

  • Kill Yr Idols

    published October 24, 2000

    Just in time to placate the quadrennial Beltway snipers, Warner Bros. prostrates itself before John McCain with the inbred Gump relation Pay It... More >>

  • Next of Kin in Shades of Gray

    published October 17, 2000

    After only two features, James Gray is emerging as a distinctive, confidently unfashionable voice in American movies. The 31-year-old, whose... More >>

  • Lynne Ramsay Starts With a Punch

    published October 10, 2000

    "People tend to romanticize childhood," says Glasgow-born director Lynne Ramsay. "I think it's actually quite a brutal place. I'm not interested... More >>

  • Dolorous Haze

    published October 10, 2000

    Robert Altman calls his latest film a "love letter to the women of Dallas," but it's hard to detect anything resembling affection in Dr. T and... More >>

  • Falling Down

    published October 3, 2000

    A lot of time, money, and pain have gone into establishing Joel Schumacher's reputation as a well-oiled toxic-waste machine (deathless Batman and... More >>

  • Boys in the Bland

    published September 26, 2000

    The mating habits of gay men come under scrutiny yet again in The Broken Hearts Club, a Sundance favorite that, for release, has been... More >>

  • Stage Frightful

    published September 19, 2000

    Karaoke represents liberation in Duets—far more than a train-wreck by-product of oblivious drunkenness, it's a transformative escape... More >>

  • Past Masters and Possible Worlds

    published September 12, 2000

    In its 57th installment, the world's oldest film festival took a tentative step toward resolving its longtime identity crisis. Filling out the... More >>

  • Rebirth of a Nation

    published September 12, 2000

    The first Sarajevo Film Festival, which took place in October 1995, as the city was withstanding its fourth year of a devastating Serbian siege,... More >>

  • Days of Being Wild

    published August 22, 2000

    Drunk on B-movie love, Kaizo Hayashi's gumshoe homage The Most Terrible Time in My Life offers welcome evidence in the post-Austin... More >>

  • Triumph of the Ill

    published August 15, 2000

    When Stanley Kubrick was working on Eyes Wide Shut, in a presumable bid to circumvent the hang-ups and double standards of the ratings... More >>

  • The Day the Laughter Died

    published August 1, 2000

    Constipated English whimsy for the easily tickled, Saving Grace treats its thin, smugly eccentric premise—upstanding small-town widow... More >>

  • This Night Has Opened My Eyes

    published July 25, 2000

    Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland is a bruised romantic's wary valentine to London life. No less than Wong Kar-wai's ravishing Hong Kong... More >>

  • Voluminous Motion

    published July 18, 2000

    For at least an hour, Andre Téchiné's latest psychological melodrama, Alice and Martin, gains momentum through... More >>

  • This Is Hardcore

    published July 18, 2000

    The Asian American Film Festival's quirkiest lineup in several years is boosted by the presence of the great Korean iconoclast Jang Sun-Woo, whose... More >>

  • François Ozon Keeps His Distance

    published July 11, 2000

    Touchingly reverent as it is in rendering the cruel Fassbinderian ironies of sexual power struggles, François Ozon's Water Drops on... More >>

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