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2002 Stories by Ed Halter

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  • Things Fall Apart

    published December 31, 2002

    Like Turner and Constable, Andy Goldsworthy could be termed a British nature artist. But unlike his forebears, Goldsworthy has made his chosen... More >>

  • The Year in Avant-Garde

    published December 31, 2002

    Though everyday moviegoers wouldn't have noticed, several avant-garde filmmakers stormed feature-film barricades this year, with theatrical... More >>

  • Psychedelic Blurs

    published December 17, 2002

    Though nowadays "psychedelia" conjures seedy visions of black-light velvet posters, gnarly wizard-shaped bongs, and totally rad screen savers,... More >>

  • Sexy Beasts

    published December 10, 2002

    Like his mentor Pedro Almodóvar, 37-year-old Basque director Alex de la Iglesia creates crowd-friendly, candy-colored pastiches steeped in... More >>

  • Game Theory

    published December 10, 2002

    "I make the rules of the game, then attempt to play it," explains Michael Snow in Teri Wehn-Damisch's On Snow's Wavelength, Zoom Out, a... More >>

  • Mixed Company

    published November 19, 2002

    An annual exercise in utopian curation, lesbian and gay experimental festival MIX gropes creatively to justify its own existence for the... More >>

  • War Games

    published November 12, 2002

    The military isn't just about high-tech warfare anymore. It's also investing millions of dollars in high-tech entertainment. One national theater... More >>

  • Hard Knoxville

    published October 29, 2002

    No less an authority than Jerry Lewis wrote, in his underappreciated primer The Total Film-Maker, that the movies began with slapstick. For... More >>

  • XX Marks The Spot

    published October 22, 2002

    The Pioneer bills "Flesh and Bones" as a "provocative series exploring women and the body"—code words, as any liberal-arts grad knows, for a... More >>

  • It's Oh So Quiet

    published October 8, 2002

    Annual uptown destination for hardcore celluloid fetishists, the New York Film Festival's "Views From the Avant-Garde" ushers the humble... More >>

  • Opposing Forces

    published October 1, 2002

    AUSTIN—A week and a half ago, only blocks from the gargantuan capitol dome, tourists en route to Dubya's former workplace paused to... More >>

  • Action Heroine

    published September 24, 2002

    Shabana Azmi's on-screen debut, as peasant woman Lakshmi in Shyam Benegal's Ankur (1973), includes an ironic prophecy. "You look like a... More >>

  • Lords of Discipline

    published September 17, 2002

    A keen, gripping psychodrama with unsettling real-life underpinnings, Das Experiment marries German post-fascist soul-searching to the... More >>

  • Wait Until Dark

    published August 27, 2002

    "I like the dark," purrs moonfaced Simone Simon in Jacques Tourneur's Cat People (1942), her continental lilt toying lightly with each... More >>

  • Captive Markets

    published August 13, 2002

    Toward the end of Super 8 Stories, Emir Kusturica's profile of the Balkan gypsy-punk band No Smoking, the vocalist sings, "Video killed the... More >>

  • California Dreaming

    published July 16, 2002

    One of several selections at the New York Video Festival that investigate the psychic contours of American suburban life, Joe Carroll and Ben... More >>

  • Circles of Light

    published July 2, 2002

    "There's too many people here," artist Jack Goldstein deadpanned last Wednesday night, peering grimly through the houselights at the 70-odd... More >>

  • Return to Paradise

    published June 18, 2002

    The chilly vaults of Anthology Film Archives just got a bit hotter, thanks to a recent acquisition: the oeuvre of porn pioneer Wakefield Poole,... More >>

  • The Devil You Know

    published June 18, 2002

    The only gay movie protagonist in recent years whom I've identified with is the titular antihero of David Jacobson's exceptional biopic... More >>

  • Going to Extremes

    published May 14, 2002

    Overproduced and excessive, bedizened with Gaelic and Masonic symbolism, and conceptually ornate to the point of prog-rock pretension,... More >>

  • Moulin Raj

    published May 7, 2002

    With audiences prepped by musical references in Ghost World, Monsoon Wedding, and Moulin Rouge—not to mention the... More >>

  • Digital Love

    published March 5, 2002

    Among avant-garde cinephiles, the Whitney Biennial's film and video exhibitions hold an importance roughly analogous to Hollywood's Academy... More >>

  • Medium Cool

    published February 19, 2002

    It's hard to even envision a world without Blockbuster and camcorders, 100 channels of cable TV, Jumbotron billboards, digital cinema, or... More >>

  • Mann Handled

    published January 8, 2002

    Andrea Weiss and Wieland Speck's Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story (Quad, opens January 11) chronicles the careers of Thomas... More >>

  • The Year in Avant-Garde Film and Video

    published January 1, 2002

    Tackling the best of the avant-garde in 2001 is a thankfully daunting task. Despite rumors of its death, a renaissance of experimental... More >>

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