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2000 Stories by Dennis Lim

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  • What’s Your Beef?

    published June 27, 2000

    Not even passable as a waxy-beefcake oglefest, Mel Chionglo's Burlesk King fully consigns the Filipino go-go-boy melodrama (a blueprint... More >>

  • Aardman Hatches a Chick Flick

    published June 20, 2000

    A prisoner-of-war film starring poultry, Aardman's feature-length Chicken Run repackages in summer-movie form the British claymation... More >>

  • Auto Ban

    published June 13, 2000

    Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, bravely soldiering on after the death of partner-in-excess Don Simpson, lords over what is now the most emblematic of... More >>

  • One Foot in the Rave

    published June 6, 2000

    The first American fiction feature to embrace the rave scene as more than colorful scenery, Groove is less a work of subcultural... More >>

  • Queer and Present Danger

    published May 30, 2000

    With each passing year, despite good intentions, the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival doesn't so much celebrate queer innovation as illustrate the... More >>

  • No Sleep for the Wicked

    published May 23, 2000

    The psychopathology of choice at the movies—the split-personality syndrome that helped Gwyneth Paltrow find true love in Sliding... More >>

  • House of Games

    published May 16, 2000

    Knee-deep in dread, fueled by sexual repression, The Well is an outback gothic that resists Grand Guignol in favor of psychological... More >>

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    published May 2, 2000

    Fondly memorialized by bourgie nostalgists as a panoramic playground for twittering, uptight, romance-starved expats, pre-war Italy receives one... More >>

  • Future Shock; Führer Schlock

    published April 25, 2000

    A movie primed to make grown men cry, the time-travel thriller Frequency comes on like a sensitive-jock older brother to the cutely... More >>

  • Death and the Maidens

    published April 18, 2000

    As purposefully ambiguous as its source novel, The Virgin Suicides doesn't so much unfold as waft off the screen, leaving behind a vapor... More >>

  • While You Were Passed Out

    published April 11, 2000

    Irrepressible alcoholic Sandra Bullock shows up plastered at her sister's wedding, prompting the bride, Lilly (Elizabeth Perkins), to explode:... More >>

  • SINCE CANADA CAME ALONG

    published April 11, 2000

    The title of the Walter Reade's Canadian retro and the amusing if dubious claim in the program that many New Yorkers still see their neighbors... More >>

  • On the Subject of Me

    published April 4, 2000

    A cozy, affirmative fantasy, Me Myself I relies on shopworn metaphysics to illustrate any number of cockeyed truisms about destiny and... More >>

  • Truth and Consequences

    published March 28, 2000

    Nursing the raw wounds of decades of institutionalized racism, the South African government in 1994 formed the Truth and Reconciliation... More >>

  • Demographic Violence

    published March 21, 2000

    Romeo Must Die opens with a late-night drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, into deepest Oakland, the music turned way up, the gleaming,... More >>

  • Cold Comforts

    published March 14, 2000

    In The Carriers Are Waiting, Benoit Poelvoorde, the charismatic killer in Man Bites Dog, plays an altogether different and perhaps... More >>

  • Through a Mirror Darkly

    published March 7, 2000

    The newly pop-culture-friendly gay man/straight woman paradigm—rendered invariably as a wellspring of waggish repartee and mutual you-go-girl... More >>

  • All About His Mother

    published March 7, 2000

    Three months ago, Peter Mullan discovered that FilmFour, the producers of his first feature, Orphans, had destroyed 40 minutes of extra... More >>

  • Blinded Justice

    published February 29, 2000

    As suggested by its title (derived from an Alexander Pope epigram, "All is yellow to the jaundiced eye"), Nonny de la Peña's documentary... More >>

  • True to Formula

    published February 22, 2000

    Mifune, a/k/a Dogma 3, hews about as closely as its forerunners to the collective's tenfold Vow of Chastity (i.e., kinda), but it differs... More >>

  • No No Depression

    published February 22, 2000

    Beyond the myriad strains of so-called alt-country—from figureheads Wilco to numerous Will Oldham incarnations to unfortunately named... More >>

  • Turning Japanese in Rotterdam

    published February 15, 2000

    Typically all over the map, the Rotterdam Film Festival this year focused its considerable energies on an extensive Japanese section, bluntly... More >>

  • In the Heat of the Moment

    published February 1, 2000

    Bestowed the widest Spanish-language opening since Like Water for Chocolate, Santitos concerns a grieving young Mexican woman who... More >>

  • A Reborn Lama Kick-starts His Movie Career

    published January 25, 2000

    Khyentse Norbu, director of The Cup, a sweet-natured, old-fashioned comedy about soccer-loving monks, has a pedigree his PR-hungry Western... More >>

  • Far and Away

    published January 25, 2000

    The most charming thing about Supernova—a frivolous sci-fi adventure set in the 22nd century aboard a medical emergency... More >>

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