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2001 Stories by Dennis Lim

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  • Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

    published June 19, 2001

    It's only fitting that a band as anachronistic as the Clientele should be so haunted by the passage of time. Enveloped in gossamer reverb and a... More >>

  • Realm of the Senseless

    published June 5, 2001

    An act of violence at once cruelly strategic and terrifyingly random, the gas attack on Tokyo's subway system was a flash point in the chronic... More >>

  • Fetish Abject

    published June 5, 2001

    A firm believer in the pace and pitch of exploitation moviemaking, Japanese cine-terrorist Takashi Miike disgorges as many as three or four toxic... More >>

  • Figments of Your Hallucination

    published May 29, 2001

    CANNES, FRANCE—It was somehow appropriate that the illusory, use-once-and-destroy pop plaything known as Moulin Rouge, curtain... More >>

  • Jim McKay’s Dreams So Real

    published May 22, 2001

    Jim McKay is screening his film Our Song at the Hostos Lincoln Academy in the Bronx, where he's serving as Principal for a Day, and he's... More >>

  • Moretti Wins at Cannes

    published May 22, 2001

    CANNES, FRANCE— Nanni Moretti's The Son's Room, a film designed especially to make grown men weep, walked off with the Palme... More >>

  • Past Pop for Now People

    published May 15, 2001

    CANNES, FRANCE—Posh and tacky in equal measure, the Cannes Film Festival kicked off its 54th installment last Wednesday night with... More >>

  • Lynch's 'City of Dreams' and More

    published May 15, 2001

    CANNES, FRANCE—After a first half that a Hollywood Reporter headline pronounced "d'Or-mant" and an Indiewire report... More >>

  • Embarrassment of Riches

    published May 8, 2001

    World-class eccentric, anachronistic prima donna, and paragon of blue-blood ridiculousness, Colin Tennant (or, as he no doubt prefers to be... More >>

  • Rich & Heinous

    published May 1, 2001

    Foreshadowed by a swelling inventory of ego collisions, inflationary spirals, executive bloodshed, and release-date equivocations (13 delays over... More >>

  • Perfectly Frank

    published April 24, 2001

    Director Jamie Thraves sums up his first feature, The Low Down, with one tellingly modest remark: "It's a character study in which the... More >>

  • New Romantics

    published April 24, 2001

    With his monumental '90s bookends, Les Amants du Pont-Neuf and Pola X, Leos Carax reinvented the art of the ridiculous... More >>

  • The State That I Am In

    published April 17, 2001

    Coy and fitful as it might seem, The Low Down captures the latent anxieties of a hazy, ambling existence with pinpoint accuracy. No chic... More >>

  • Mangled Web

    published April 10, 2001

    Kiss the Girls, the first movie adapted from the James Patterson assembly line of Dr. Alex Cross novels, was a middling 1997 profit-turner... More >>

  • Surreal Endgames, Seedy Glamour

    published March 6, 2001

    Historically a sanctuary for psychotronic splatter and abject grunge, the New York Underground Film Festival kicks off its eighth annual... More >>

  • The Soft Boys

    published February 27, 2001

    Whether couched in aesthete foppery, geek DIY-ism, or mousse-and-eyeliner genderfuck, synth pop has never been a particularly masculine... More >>

  • China's New City Symphonies

    published February 20, 2001

    Extrapolating from the sample on view in American art houses, it's easy to surmise that mainland Chinese cinema has been in decline for the better... More >>

  • Stool Britannia

    published February 13, 2001

    If nothing else, the British gangster movie (along with a couple of Oasis albums) epitomizes the demise of Tony Blair's Cool Britannia campaign... More >>

  • Park City’s Personal Bests

    published February 6, 2001

    If your primary concern was the vitality of the art form, Sundance 2001 offered a series of unexpected depth charges. And yet, notwithstanding the... More >>

  • Summer Thrills, Winter Chills

    published January 30, 2001

    Forgoing the fairy-tale uplift commonly associated with horny coming-of-age/coming-out fumblings, Nico and Dani acquires resonance through... More >>

  • Global Wetting

    published January 23, 2001

    As a born-too-late generational lament, The Invisible Circus seldom gets beyond canned nostalgia and exhausted signifiers; as a... More >>

  • Glimmer Twins

    published January 23, 2001

    Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love immerses itself in the tactile, electrostatic minutiae of a clandestine affair that is being mourned... More >>

  • Quit Playing Games With My Hard Drive

    published January 16, 2001

    It could be argued that a multimillion-dollar Hollywood movie lacks the moral authority to take a megacorporation to task for stealing ideas,... More >>

  • Both Sides Now

    published January 2, 2001

    PLUS: Soderbergh on Soderbergh Alternately credited and blamed for single-handedly inventing the... More >>

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