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2003 Stories by Dennis Lim

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  • The Sound of Sex

    published June 24, 2003

    Claire Denis's sensuous movies are less talk than texture. Storytelling is confidently subverbal, almost artisanal, distilled to elemental acts... More >>

  • Unchained Malady

    published June 17, 2003

    Zombie movies are not normally noted for their plausibility, but in this busy season for the CDC and WHO, the basic premise of 28 Days Later... More >>

  • Epidemiology

    published June 17, 2003

    PANIC IN THE STREETS (Elia Kazan, 1950) Contrary to its title, a modest, controlled little noir, centered on an outbreak of bubonic plague... More >>

  • Pleased to Meat Me

    published June 10, 2003

    Like H.G. Wells's The Shape of Things to Come, Matthew Derby's wondrous debut collection of stories, Super Flat Times, imagines a... More >>

  • Seeing Double

    published June 3, 2003

    Movies have always been keen to visualize the gorier details of ocular trauma, from Un Chien Andalou's oozing eyeball to Tom Cruise in hot... More >>

  • String Theory

    published May 27, 2003

    Chen Kaige's Together reprises themes that the director has previously riffed on: adolescent rites of passage, teacher-student... More >>

  • Shots in the Dark

    published May 13, 2003

    A breezy study of movie love at its most dementedly committed, Cinemania offers a glimpse into lives regimented by screening schedules and... More >>

  • No Exit

    published April 29, 2003

    Newly arrived at the beachfront resort that will serve as Skinner box for this by now familiar experiment in randy, humiliation-prone... More >>

  • Far And Away

    published April 29, 2003

    Never mind Cannes in May: The Walter Reade's Central Asia show, a fresh detonation of Pacific Rim pop at Anthology courtesy Subway Cinema, and... More >>

  • Satisfying a Zeta Jones

    published April 15, 2003

    In A Beautiful Mind, the first public manifestation of John Nash's worsening mental state occurs during a lecture—Russell Crowe's... More >>

  • The Fire Sermon

    published April 1, 2003

    In the winter of 2001, journalist turned playwright Anne Nelson's The Guys—an autobiographical two-hander about a writer who helps a... More >>

  • Fly Right, Straighten Up

    published March 25, 2003

    Premised on sexist clichés and homophobic cartoons, glutted with wheezing gags and drooling soundtrack cues, View From the Top and... More >>

  • Natassia, It Was Really Nothing

    published March 18, 2003

    Pop knows well the love that dare not speak its name. But with the global ascendancy of the two Russian 18-year-olds who make up the sapphic... More >>

  • Cultural Evolution

    published March 18, 2003

    Jia Zhangke's films are all set in remote towns in the Chinese director's native province of Shanxi, a rugged, landlocked region bordering Inner... More >>

  • Hit Parade

    published March 18, 2003

    Hong Kong pulp has never placed a premium on coherence, but Fulltime Killer refines action non sequitur to pure dream illogic. Hopscotching... More >>

  • The China Syndrome

    published March 4, 2003

    While the Chinese underground is as fertile a cine-incubator as any in the world today, state-sanctioned product from the mainland gets little... More >>

  • Dead Man Gawking

    published February 18, 2003

    Those on the left still irked by Michael Moore's oafishly immodest case for gun control—wait till you see Alan Parker and Kevin Spacey... More >>

  • How Soon Is Now?

    published February 11, 2003

    As befits its title, Pattern Recognition invites the reader to look closer. It's tempting to view William Gibson's first contemporary novel... More >>

  • Think Different

    published February 11, 2003

    Dennis Lim: Pattern Recognition is your first present-day novel. Does it... More >>

  • Unnatural Selection

    published February 4, 2003

    PARK CITY, UTAH—For the movie lover—as opposed to the buyer, the seller, the sponsor, the flack, the star, or the... More >>

  • Necessary Roughness

    published January 7, 2003

    A mournful tale of compassion in a cold climate, The Slaughter Rule is set in a bumfuck town on the endless Montana plains, where whiskey... More >>

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