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2005 Stories by Dennis Lim

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  • Solemn and Thrillingly Ridiculous Study of Obsession and Yearning

    published April 12, 2005

    Unfolding as if under a spell, Jonathan Glazer's solemn and thrillingly ridiculous second feature succeeds more as visual and aural enthrallment... More >>

  • Polar Opposites

    published April 5, 2005

    Arnaud Desplechin's films are as unstable as they are overstuffed. The 44-year-old French director, who receives his first full U.S. retro at BAM... More >>

  • Film

    published March 22, 2005

    A neo-Fassbinderian taxonomist of freak-show love, Italian director Matteo Garrone—whose previous film, The Embalmer, was surely the... More >>

  • Through the Grapevine

    published March 15, 2005

    New York wine importer Neal Rosenthal, one of the most eloquent and passionate "terroirists" in Jonathan Nossiter's Mondovino, describes... More >>

  • Beer Eats the Soul

    published March 8, 2005

    Title notwithstanding, the protagonist of 16 Years of Alcohol knows his poison: "My name is Frankie," he announces at an AA meeting, "and I... More >>

  • The Life of Brain

    published March 8, 2005

    Ian McEwan's Saturday is a novel of consciousness with a protagonist who literally penetrates skulls for a living. McEwan does to Henry... More >>

  • screens

    published March 8, 2005

    A pair of glowering Buenos Aires dykes—the inexplicably named Mao and Lenin—kidnap dumpy, depressed lingerie salesgirl Marcia at... More >>

  • His Loose Thread

    published March 1, 2005

    A dizzying pileup of bareback breeding, castration procedures, master-slave mind games, boyband necrophilia fantasies, and consensual snuff sex,... More >>

  • Play It Again, Siam

    published March 1, 2005

    BANGKOK, THAILAND—As hospitable and confounding as the city itself, the Bangkok Film Festival is, like so much else in Thailand,... More >>

  • Full Mental Jacket: Traumatized Vet Seeks Better Tomorrow

    published February 22, 2005

    Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of time-travel movies—one in which the protagonist's attempts to meddle with chronological cause and... More >>

  • screens

    published February 22, 2005

    Tsai Ming-liang's haunted elegy lovingly evokes the dream life of a dilapidated Taipei movie theater, where King Hu's martial-arts classic... More >>

  • Traveling Film Festival Brings Third-World Movies to U.S.

    published February 22, 2005

    Redressing the geographic imbalance endemic to American cinemas (and American consciousness), the Global Film Initiative caravan rolls into town... More >>

  • Film

    published February 15, 2005

    David O. Russell's best and boldest film yet is a comedy about the meaning of life, the nature of reality, the mystery of consciousness, and the... More >>

  • Winter Light

    published February 8, 2005

    ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS—For the weary Sundancer, there is no more invigorating detox plan than to head straight from the Utah slopes to... More >>

  • Prognosis: Negative

    published January 25, 2005

    PARK CITY, UTAH—The addled blur that is the Sundance Film Festival hardly lends itself to definitive pronouncements on the state of... More >>

  • Auto Focus

    published January 25, 2005

    Solipsism has always been a big part of the Sundance identity. Just as Tarnation advanced the home-movie fixation of the previous year's... More >>

  • Tourism Bored

    published January 18, 2005

    It's something of an irony that Thailand, alone among its Southeast Asian neighbors, was never a colony, since no country in the region... More >>

  • Japanese Genre Firebombs Send Codes of Honor up in Flames

    published January 4, 2005

    The posthumous reappraisal of Japan's most iconoclastic pulpster, Kinji Fukasaku, continues with this handsome packaging of what came to be known... More >>

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