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2004 Stories by Dennis Lim

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  • Getting It Together: The Best in Film Share Their Secrets

    published December 28, 2004

    Quentin Tarantino doesn't merely worship Uma Thurman—he takes her iconicity as a given. With good reason, he has called her the Marlene... More >>

  • Film

    published December 21, 2004

    Work remains a four-letter word in Hollywood movies, and simply for that reason, Paul Weitz's In Good Company—with its passing but... More >>

  • The Parent Trap 2: Cultures Clash as Focker Wedding Nears

    published December 14, 2004

    Meet the Fockers grants perennial punching bag Ben Stiller something of a holiday reprieve, redirecting its efforts toward obvious... More >>

  • Los Angelenos Play Themselves

    published December 7, 2004

    Despite the cross-cultural harmony promised by its title, Spanglish never budges from its side of the border—or from its side of a Bel... More >>

  • Hack the Knife

    published December 7, 2004

    A bizarrely misshapen shrine erected in memory of semi-forgotten crooner Bobby Darin, Beyond the Sea may be the worst biopic of the season.... More >>

  • The Flirty Dozen

    published November 30, 2004

    Painstakingly documented via paparazzi telephotography and Access Hollywood dispatches all summer long, the Ocean's Twelve shoot... More >>

  • Ship of Fools: The Life Aquatic With Captain John Malkovich

    published November 30, 2004

    In A Talking Picture, a filmmaker who started his career in the silent era traces the birth—and contemplates the death—of Western... More >>

  • Film

    published November 23, 2004

    Vikram Jayanti's gripping documentary Game Over reminds us that chess legend Garry Kasparov's greatest victory was charged with political... More >>

  • Infernal Affairs

    published November 23, 2004

    "Tell me something true," one habitual liar asks of another in Closer, Mike Nichols's sleek, skillfully acted adaptation of Patrick... More >>

  • Film

    published November 23, 2004

    MOMA's celebratory glut of film premieres enters its second week. The biggest name on the slate is Theo Angelopoulos, but the Greek tragedian's... More >>

  • Scottish bigots come out in Loach's cross-cultural romance

    published November 16, 2004

    Unsubtle from the get-go, Ken Loach's interracial love story opens with sixth-former Tahara (Shabana Bakhsh) defiantly embracing her multiple... More >>

  • Children of the Porn

    published November 16, 2004

    Buried deep in the soiled pages of Canadian writer Michael Turner's The Pornographer's Poem—amid the telltale beer sausages and jars... More >>

  • Drinking Games

    published November 16, 2004

    Michael Turner's 1993 debut, Hard Core Logo (a punk-rock novel in verse, lyrics, and voice mail, turned into a movie by Bruce McDonald),... More >>

  • The Day I Became a Martyr: Islam Protest Brings Fatal Fatwa

    published November 9, 2004

    The movie that led to the death of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh lasts 11 minutes and is unlikely to influence anyone's views on its... More >>

  • Cinematographer Harris Savides on Trust, Birth, and Invisible Light

    published October 26, 2004

    "I light a room and let the people inhabit it, as opposed to lighting the people," says Birth cinematographer Harris Savides, explaining... More >>

  • Film

    published October 26, 2004

    A mid-century suburban caprice made nearly a decade before his Sirkian diorama Far From Heaven, Todd Haynes's 1993 short is a delicate... More >>

  • Freeze Frame: Stabs of Beauty in a Chilly Romantic Dystopia

    published October 19, 2004

    With It's All About Love, director Thomas Vinterberg takes the notion of love in a cold climate to apocalyptic extremes. Unlike most... More >>

  • Sean of the Dead

    published October 19, 2004

    A solemn, thrillingly ridiculous exercise in circular logic, Jonathan Glazer's Birth begins with a death—and a birth. (Or is it a... More >>

  • Play It to the Bone

    published October 12, 2004

    Not least among its questionable achievements, Brad Anderson's The Machinist plays like a remarkably thorough David Fincher clip reel. Set... More >>

  • A Primer Primer

    published October 5, 2004

    The rare movie that can claim a kinship with Mandelbrot and Heisenberg, Shane Carruth's Primer won Sundance's Grand Jury prize as well as... More >>

  • Film

    published October 5, 2004

    Strained and somnolent, this sci-fi melodrama posits a near future where prenatal implants record everything someone sees. After death, these... More >>

  • Film

    published September 28, 2004

    A sort of Idoru meets Spice World, Takashi Miike's 1998 J-pop jaunt congregates girl group Speed and boyband Da Pump in an... More >>

  • 36-Hour Party People

    published September 28, 2004

    A repeat-viewing brain twister to file along-side millennial puzzle films like Mulholland Drive and Memento, Shane Carruth's... More >>

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    published September 21, 2004

    In a career that otherwise defies classification, writer-director David O. Russell has found humor where others fear to tread, or never think to... More >>

  • The Cine of Lost Children

    published September 14, 2004

    TORONTO—You didn't need to be a parent to emerge anxious and shell-shocked from this year's Toronto film festival. Movie after movie... More >>

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