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2006 Stories by Dennis Lim

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  • Festival Express

    published September 12, 2006

    Black Book Who better than Paul Verhoeven to slaughter the sacred cow that is the World War II drama? Working in his native Holland for... More >>

  • 'The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros'

    published September 12, 2006

    This year's Cavite undertakes a hectic tour of the dire squatter camps and garbage mountains on the outskirts of Manila; now comes a... More >>

  • A Memorial at Once Visceral and Sober

    published September 12, 2006

    Paul Greengrass's approximately real-time dramatization of what took place aboard Flight 93—which left Newark for San Francisco the morning... More >>

  • Micro-thriller a Blockbuster at Heart

    published August 1, 2006

    A paragon of guerrilla resourcefulness, Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana's micro-thriller is a more anxious and vivid experience than most movies... More >>

  • 'Brothers of the Head'

    published July 18, 2006

    This mockumentary tracks the rise and fall of a conjoined-twin glam-rock act (played by Luke and Harry Treadaway, with the aid of prosthetics) in... More >>

  • The Dead Zone

    published July 11, 2006

    The high point of Showtime's "Masters of Horror" series, Joe Dante's hour-long Homecoming is one of the most important political films of... More >>

  • Killing Me Loudly

    published July 11, 2006

    To its credit, I suppose, Shadowboxer is never exactly boring—in the sense that a jabbering madman's most florid delusions are never... More >>

  • The Break-Up

    published July 4, 2006

    Joseph Conrad's short story "The Return" (written in 1897 but not published until 1923) is a domestic-bourgeois detonation that finds the author... More >>

  • The Dying Gaul

    published July 4, 2006

    The French director François Ozon gravitates to bodies of water. In his movies, oceans, seas, and even swimming pools are sites of... More >>

  • Asian American International Film Festival

    published July 4, 2006

    As Asian American cinema slowly breaks free of the identity politics trap, events like the long-running AAIFF begin to reflect subtler and more... More >>

  • 'Another Wave: Global Queer Cinema, Part One'

    published June 27, 2006

    This fine two-part series sets out to redress the Anglo- and Eurocentric bias in queer cinema, and the genuinely far-flung selections range from... More >>

  • 'Urbanscapes'

    published June 27, 2006

    Taking its cue from photographer Camilo Vergara, who has spent over a quarter-century chronicling the life and (mainly) death of American cities,... More >>

  • Life of Pi

    published June 6, 2006

    The first spoken line of JPod should be taken as a warning: "Oh God," someone says. "I feel like a refugee from a Douglas Coupland novel."... More >>

  • 'Agnes and His Brothers'

    published May 30, 2006

    Three German siblings compete for Most Fucked-Up in Oskar Roehler's tedious Freudian roundelay: There's a sex-addicted, therapy-addled Peeping Tom... More >>

  • Third Degree

    published May 16, 2006

    If little else, the third and supposedly final entry in the X-Men mega-franchise suggests that some movies—or at any rate some... More >>

  • Have Camera, Will Travel

    published May 16, 2006

    A paragon of guerrilla resourcefulness and a model citizen of the global village, Cavite is a more anxious and vivid experience than most... More >>

  • Harried . . . With Children

    published May 9, 2006

    Like his first feature L.I.E.—and like half of the glib provocations that tumble off the indie assembly line—Michael Cuesta's... More >>

  • Sundance 2.0

    published May 2, 2006

    Is it mere coincidence that the most powerful film festival in America is launching an East Coast outpost literally within days of—and just a... More >>

  • A Dying Man's Long Goodbye

    published April 25, 2006

    The Intruder is some kind of breakthrough for Claire Denis—her most poetic and primal film, as thrilling as it is initially baffling.... More >>

  • But Is It Art?

    published April 25, 2006

    Art School Confidential has two not entirely unserious points to make: (a) most art sucks and (b) this is so because the controlling... More >>

  • A Flight to Remember

    published April 11, 2006

    In the city where it will premiere next Tuesday, United 93 is being greeted—or repelled?—almost as if it were itself some kind of... More >>

  • Scarlet Fever

    published April 11, 2006

    To most festgoers, Tribeca remains "the Robert De Niro festival." But as the city's movie scenesters know, the man who has done more than anyone... More >>

  • Romancing the Stone

    published March 28, 2006

    At one point in Basic Instinct 2, Sharon Stone's castrating nympho-bitch is diagnosed as a "masked psychotic"—a sneaky acknowledgment,... More >>

  • The Underminer

    published March 14, 2006

    A reluctant New Pornographer and the mastermind of a post-ironic art-rock band that takes its heavy-metal name literally, Destroyer's Daniel Bejar... More >>

  • Working Family

    published March 14, 2006

    Since La Promesse (1996) established them as international art-house stars, the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have... More >>

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