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2005 Stories by Dennis Lim

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  • Troubled in Paradise

    published December 13, 2005

    Claire Denis's tactile tone poems are premised on the primacy of sensory experience. Beau Travail (1999), her ecstatic Billy Budd... More >>

  • Anything But Sly: Secret Family-Holiday-Movie Formula Revealed

    published December 6, 2005

    It's hard to fathom why anyone would voluntarily endure a holiday family reunion movie (hereafter HFRM)—a genre devised solely to demonstrate... More >>

  • Name Game

    published December 6, 2005

    Smartly counterprogrammed opposite the orientalized depictions of Asian femininity in Memoirs of a Geisha, The Grace Lee Project is... More >>

  • Orient Excess

    published November 29, 2005

    In their great geisha dramas, Mikio Naruse and Kenji Mizoguchi bring an unblinking focus to the everyday realities of being a working woman:... More >>

  • Dante's Inferno

    published November 22, 2005

    TURIN, ITALY "This is a horror story because most of the characters are Republicans," director Joe Dante announced before the November 13... More >>

  • An Experience of Serene Bewilderment

    published November 22, 2005

    World cinema's premier maker of mysterious objects, Apichatpong Weerasethakul is on a one-man mission to change the way we watch movies. Rich and... More >>

  • Close-Up

    published November 8, 2005

    BAM's tribute to Gena Rowlands closes with a new print of John Cassavetes's final film, the all too rarely screened and still underappreciated ... More >>

  • Four More Music Video Veterans Enshrined in Pop Canon

    published November 1, 2005

    Palm's first batch of pop-promo anthologies celebrated the medium's three kings, all of whom had distinct shticks and personalities: Spike Jonze... More >>

  • Frame Canada

    published October 25, 2005

    VANCOUVER, CANADA—For an event of its size—300-plus films over two and a half weeks—the Vancouver International Film... More >>

  • Cobain Bio a Brilliant Narcotic Fog

    published October 25, 2005

    Last Days, the brilliant concluding chapter in the death trilogy that inspired Gus Van Sant's artistic rebirth, wafts through the final 48... More >>

  • Brain Humor

    published October 18, 2005

    October 26, 1999 It was always self-evident that when Spike Jonze, the most offhandedly avant-garde and whacked-out of the MTV brats,... More >>

  • Jaggedly Dreamy Film Contemplates the Unthinkable

    published October 18, 2005

    Is it possible for a child to "love" a pedophile? Not by any reasonable definition of love. But in daring to contemplate the unthinkable, Gregg... More >>

  • The Last Thing She Wanted

    published September 27, 2005

    The heart sinks at the very idea of Joan Didion's new book. The Year of Magical Thinking is a meticulous chronicle of a wretched spell that... More >>

  • The Young and the Restless

    published September 13, 2005

    TORONTO—Well stocked with gay cowboys, juvenile killers, and sexually curious jailbait, Toronto '05 was the festival of the young... More >>

  • The Way of the Gun

    published September 13, 2005

    "The violence that matters most to people is the violence done to the human body," says David Cronenberg, whose newest film, A History of... More >>

  • A History of Cronenberg

    published September 13, 2005

    David Cronenberg's career spans four decades, 20-plus films (including 16 features), multiple viral strains, and a ton of enthusiastic... More >>

  • Middlebrow Adaptation of a Math Play Doesn't Add Up

    published September 6, 2005

    A Miramax prestige pic based on David Auburn's Pulitzer-winning Broadway hit, Proof insists that life is not as tidy as... More >>

  • Do Look Back

    published August 23, 2005

    Never mind if the fall's new releases look a little spotty—the city's repertory houses are preparing for an abundant season, and in most... More >>

  • Adventures of a Desultory Twentysomething

    published August 23, 2005

    Most of the ha-has in Funny Ha Ha are not exactly funny: Andrew Bujalski's debut feature is foremost a squirming comedy of recognition.... More >>

  • Eclectic Boogaloo

    published August 16, 2005

    "My major contribution was making him a crier," says Justin Theroux of the sensitive, swashbuckling geode magnate he plays in Michael Showalter's... More >>

  • Dirty Dancing

    published August 16, 2005

    Like so many films that target a gay male audience, Three Dancing Slaves transpires in an abstract parallel universe where half the... More >>

  • Strangers on a Plane

    published August 9, 2005

    Call Wes Craven's Red Eye a claustro-thriller—a compact model of B movie, cheap in spirit if not always budget, that relies on the... More >>

  • The Incorporation of Dreams

    published August 2, 2005

    Routinely debunked yet unshakably entrenched, Freud's basic conception of man as subject to repressed primitive instincts refuses to budge from... More >>

  • The Descent of Man

    published July 26, 2005

    The Nile perch was introduced to Lake Victoria some 40 to 50 years ago, an apparent attempt to replenish the overfished waters that led to the... More >>

  • Film

    published July 19, 2005

    KARLOVY VARY, CZECH REPUBLIC—Most of the year, the oldest spa town in Bohemia, nestled in a picturesque valley 80 miles west of... More >>

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