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2002 Stories by Ed Park

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  • Working Weak

    published December 24, 2002

    Along with Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Billy Wilder's 1960 Oscar-sweeper The Apartment elevates the... More >>

  • The Current Cinema

    published December 3, 2002

    The success of Adaptation, based on Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief, has turned other unlikely books by New Yorker writers... More >>

  • Magical Mystery Tours

    published November 12, 2002

    The shapeliest entry in J.K. Rowling's boy-wiz chronicles, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, reminds us that all fictions contain an... More >>

  • The Good Girls

    published October 15, 2002

    Viewers allergic to adorable-animal movies should know that felines barely leave a paw print in Take Care of My Cat, Korean director... More >>

  • Undercover Brothers

    published October 1, 2002

    He is not Jesus, but he has the same initials: Seven years into his rebirth as an American box-office draw, Jackie Chan plays an unwitting secret... More >>

  • Suffer the Children

    published September 17, 2002

    "A child is a child is a child is a child," says the head of a Chicago adoption agency in Outside Looking In, noting with dismay how some... More >>

  • Clipped Wings

    published September 10, 2002

    Rich people are different from you and me; they're not nearly as funny. "Do you know where your sterling performance is going to take you now,... More >>

  • Somebody's Watching Me

    published August 20, 2002

    "There are plots against people, aren't there?" Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) asks in Rosemary's Baby, one of six films in the Pioneer's... More >>

  • High and Low

    published August 13, 2002

    Ten minutes after we were airborne a woman asked me for my autograph. —Americana (1971) More >>

  • Egadsby!

    published August 6, 2002

    In March 2002, a group of authors and critics told Book mag that lit's top fictional dog, post-1900, was good old Jay Gatsby, from that... More >>

  • Hotrod Stuart

    published July 23, 2002

    In Stuart Little 2 (Columbia, in general release), the titular fur-face (voiced by Michael J. Fox) experiences growing pains that would be... More >>

  • Last Men Standing

    published July 23, 2002

    "I did a scene where I had to kill 30 people at once," Toshiro Mifune remarked about Akira Kurosawa's Sanjuro (1962), one of 12 offerings... More >>

  • Brand Identity

    published July 16, 2002

    "East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet," quoth an intertitle in Cecil B. DeMille's The Cheat (1915), before the... More >>

  • Talk Talk

    published July 2, 2002

    The fly on the wall has an appropriately compound eye in Marilyn Freeman and Anne de Marcken's Group, a real-time emotional rescue gleaned... More >>

  • Ohana Be Adored

    published June 25, 2002

    Tempering cosmic horror with a hang-loose Hawaiian ethos, Disney's latest animated film, Lilo & Stitch (in general release), has a creature... More >>

  • Four on the Floor

    published June 11, 2002

    Borges credited his first taste of infinite regress to a biscuit tin depicting a Japanese scene in which the same biscuit tin was reproduced. In... More >>

  • Canvas Sneaker

    published May 28, 2002

    Mundus vult decipi: The world likes to be deceived. In The Next Big Thing, PJ Posner's first feature, the New York demimonde... More >>

  • Beard Like Us

    published May 7, 2002

    The credits that open Janice Beard (Empire, opens May 10 at the Angelika) raise hopes that the great proofreading movie has finally... More >>

  • Not Into the Mystic

    published April 30, 2002

    The boy handed in libellous reviews of the films. 'We can't print this, man,' Ganesh said. 'Is all right for you to... More >>

  • The Sting

    published April 23, 2002

    Can you smell what the Rock is cooking? Barthes asserts that professional wrestling must be considered as a "spectacle of excess" rather than a... More >>

  • The Outsiders

    published April 16, 2002

    Permit me to be terrified. —Klee on Van Gogh What do we want from Henry Darger? Born in Chicago a century and a decade ago... More >>

  • Fortunate Sons

    published April 9, 2002

    Now that many of us have grown tired of saying "the full monty" when conveying everythingness—or merely disrobing for the shower—the... More >>

  • Beat the Parents

    published April 2, 2002

    "With this magic title of Paris, a play or review or book is always assured of success," noted Théophile Gautier of 19th-century... More >>

  • Industry Standard

    published March 5, 2002

    Though Henry Jaglom's Festival in Cannes unfolds in a Euro-paradise at movie-harvest time, it thankfully goes easy on the reel/real world... More >>

  • Get Plucky

    published February 26, 2002

    In Snack and Drink, a short in this year's New York International Children's Film Festival (Cantor Film Center, March 2 through 10; see More >>

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