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2001 Stories by Dennis Lim

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  • To the Manor Born

    published December 25, 2001

    After some 30-odd years and almost as many features, Robert Altman finally gets around to fashioning a loving repro of his Rosetta stone with... More >>

  • The Rules of the Game

    published December 18, 2001

    Helplessly drawn to the spectacle of tragic genius yet routinely thwarted by its abstract dimensions, the Hollywood inspirational biopic has... More >>

  • Synchronized Drowning

    published December 11, 2001

    In Lantana, Ray Lawrence's fastidious diagram of inert lives and impacted relationships, Sydney is for all intents and purposes an outer... More >>

  • The Haunting Hours

    published December 4, 2001

    If grief, as the commonplace goes, defies description and comprehension, it is emphatically resistant to cinematic representation as well. How to... More >>

  • Schlock Exchange

    published November 27, 2001

    A fitfully amusing valentine to the late-night picture shows of bygone years, The Independent commemorates the decades-long career of... More >>

  • Scenes From a Marriage

    published November 20, 2001

    Its classical themes and three-act structure notwithstanding, Todd Field's debut feature, In the Bedroom, alighted on the snowy peaks of... More >>

  • Wish You Were Queer

    published November 13, 2001

    The Fluffer, an oddly coy peek into the workings of the gay adult-film industry, opens with a knowingly porn-like twist of fate.... More >>

  • In Sickness and in Stealth

    published November 6, 2001

    Racked with cold sweats and panic attacks, Marc Forster's digital-video feature Everything Put Together is at once venturesome and... More >>

  • Uncertainty Principles

    published October 30, 2001

    If Richard Linklater's Waking Life emulates the syllogistic flow of a philosophy term paper cranked out during a chemically abetted... More >>

  • Over the Killing Moon

    published October 23, 2001

    Mournful time-travel fantasy and heady nostalgia trip, Donnie Darko may be the first movie to fully simulate the carnivalesque horror of... More >>

  • Vicious Cycles

    published October 23, 2001

    Though it merely extends the bloodline of feminist horror that runs from Cat People to Carrie to The Company of Wolves, the... More >>

  • Stealing Booty

    published October 9, 2001

    Barry Levinson's complacently placid caper comedy Bandits sends short-fused ladies' man Joe (Bruce Willis) and fidgety hypochondriac Terry... More >>

  • Gone Fishin’

    published October 9, 2001

    David Lynch's Mulholland Drive barrels through a funhouse of the director's longtime obsessions: splintered psyches and multiple... More >>

  • Dedicated Followers of Fashion

    published October 2, 2001

    Zoolander offers the blissfully incongruous spectacle of virtuoso neurotic and rom-com sacrificial lamb Ben Stiller playing a supermodel,... More >>

  • Learn to Forget

    published September 11, 2001

    The Clean's response to the more-common-than-you'd-think musical conundrum "What becomes a Kiwi-rock legend most?" was to split up. First in 1982,... More >>

  • Lukas Moodysson Travels Light

    published August 21, 2001

    The improbable missing link between Marx and ABBA, Lukas Moodysson's Together ventures into the vanishing utopia of a Swedish commune in... More >>

  • Death and the Maidens

    published August 7, 2001

    Whatever else it may be—a cold-sweat nightmare of male sexual anxiety, a mocking explication of Eros and Thanatos, the best-disguised... More >>

  • Tiny Tears

    published July 31, 2001

    The program title promises a cosmopolitan grab bag, and BAM's second annual shorts compilation doesn't disappoint. A strong absurdist streak runs... More >>

  • Idle Hands and Devil’s Playthings

    published July 24, 2001

    In 101 Reykjavik, named for a zip code in the frostbitten Icelandic capital, leisure activity is simply a function of seasonal affective... More >>

  • Flip-Side Stories

    published July 17, 2001

    Traditionally reliant on Hong Kong pop pyrotechnics for its biggest crowd pleasers, this year's Asian American International Film Festival opens... More >>

  • Raise the Spoof

    published July 10, 2001

    Poised somewhere between blaxploitation spoof and avant-garde freak-out, Pootie Tang qualifies as the weirdest, funniest studio release of... More >>

  • Battles Royale

    published July 3, 2001

    Though his oeuvre spans four decades and some 60 films, the alarmingly versatile Kinji Fukasaku remains something of a nonentity in art-house... More >>

  • Tsai Ming-liang Opens the Floodgates

    published June 26, 2001

    Balancing reticence with boundless compassion, despondency with deadpan absurdity, debilitating inertia with a visceral urge for escape, Tsai... More >>

  • Gay Trippers

    published June 26, 2001

    Though far from radical—it's hardly a commercial or artistic risk to present a sad, pretty boy as an object of contemplation—Come... More >>

  • School Crossing

    published June 19, 2001

    "I hate cotton," declares Laura Lee Wallace, the resilient 62-year-old matriarch in the documentary LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton... More >>

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