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2002 Stories by Dennis Lim

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  • Voice Critics' Top Tens

    published December 31, 2002

    1 ESTHER KAHN Arnaud Desplechin's bristling hybrid of nature documentary and philosophy thesis casts an East End wild child in the role of... More >>

  • Dances With Woolf

    published December 24, 2002

    If Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer-winning novel The Hours pulled off the quietest of daredevil stunts, maintaining a precarious composure as... More >>

  • Human Resources

    published December 17, 2002

    Gangs of New York isn't the only bloody historical pageant in town this week. As steeped in ethnic hatreds as Martin Scorsese's Lower... More >>

  • Bubbling Under

    published December 10, 2002

    The horror stories recounted in the San Francisco-set documentary Boom: The Sound of Eviction have played out (and still do) in any number... More >>

  • Learning Curves

    published December 3, 2002

    The conceit of adaptation is that the hard work of a story can be avoided by optioning a literary work and simply shifting it into a... More >>

  • Bust and Boom

    published November 26, 2002

    The sun barely put in a cameo appearance at last month's Vancouver International Film Festival, which made it all the more conducive to spending... More >>

  • Crib Notes

    published November 19, 2002

    "It would be nice to see words come back into power," muses the narrator of Lullaby, a book that goes about said mission with savage poise... More >>

  • Bow Wow Wow

    published November 19, 2002

    Easily the artiest queer stroke movie of the year, Portuguese director João Pedro Rodrigues's debut, O Fantasma, attempts an... More >>

  • Mind the Gaps

    published November 12, 2002

    Atom Egoyan's Ararat addresses a genocide that predates the invention of the term: the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians by the Turkish... More >>

  • Heaven Sent

    published October 29, 2002

    "I really wanted people to cry," Todd Haynes says of his new movie, Far From Heaven, a domestic weepie set in 1957 Connecticut and swaddled... More >>

  • Citizen Ray

    published October 8, 2002

    Crazy-quilt portrait and red-herring murder mystery, How to Draw a Bunny revels in the sheer elusiveness of its subject: the late... More >>

  • Memory and Desire

    published September 17, 2002

    TORONTO—Derailed a year ago by the September 11 attacks, the Toronto International Film Festival last week found itself fumbling to... More >>

  • Showing Off

    published September 10, 2002

    There exist a mere 30 episodes of Mr. Show, the sketch comedy series that drifted from one insomniac time slot to another on HBO for four... More >>

  • Carnal Knowledge

    published September 10, 2002

    Strewn with all manner of kinks, hang-ups, and fetishes, James Spader's films add up to a sexual biography of alienated modern man. "Most of the... More >>

  • Shock Waves

    published August 20, 2002

    Father-son tussles have dominated this season's blockbusters, from Road to Perdition to Signs to Austin Powers in Goldmember,... More >>

  • Dreams Never End

    published August 6, 2002

    Crammed with pop ephemera and apocrypha, Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People filters the mad sprawl of a musical Valhalla... More >>

  • Things Fall Apart

    published July 23, 2002

    Now that we know the Russians love their children too, along comes K-19: The Widowmaker to complete the reversal of sympathies. A... More >>

  • Laws of Desire

    published July 23, 2002

    When first-time producer Zhang Yongning decided to make a film version of Beijing Story, an anonymously published cybernovel legendary in... More >>

  • Where There's Smoke

    published July 16, 2002

    A lot less friendly than Puff (and nowhere near as mellifluous as Sean Connery in Dragonheart), the pyromaniacal beasts that rule the world... More >>

  • Enraptured Thrall

    published July 9, 2002

    In The Phantom Empire, his dizzying reverie on how we consume movies and how they in turn consume us, Geoffrey O'Brien explains why we... More >>

  • They Came From Within

    published July 9, 2002

    Man-machine interfacer, new-flesh apostle, techno-porn merchant, David Cronenberg has devoted his career to experiments in transfiguration. A... More >>

  • Love to Hate You

    published July 2, 2002

    Bleaker than its nostalgic premise (and soundtrack) would suggest, Me Without You (Samuel Goldwyn/Fireworks, in general release) observes a... More >>

  • Cruel Intentions

    published June 25, 2002

    A grim fairy tale of taboo love between a sorority girl and a "challenged athlete," Pumpkin uncannily echoes Todd Solondz's Storytelling... More >>

  • Let It Snow

    published June 25, 2002

    BAMcinématek's series of orphan movies, drawn from the results of the Voice's year-end critics' poll, continues this weekend with... More >>

  • The Notorious M.A.N.

    published June 11, 2002

    In addition to the cheerfully unsustainable marketing-as-brainwash theme common to the most vertiginous comedies of the past year (Josie and... More >>

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