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2004 Stories by Ed Park

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  • The Connections: X Marks the Spot in a New Boyd Story

    published December 28, 2004

    A couple weeks ago, gazing out the window in search of a word, I noticed an unusual pattern in the sky to the north: two long contrails meeting in... More >>

  • Film

    published December 21, 2004

    A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG Written and directed by Shainee Gabel Lions Gate, opens December 29 "Everyone... More >>

  • The Imagined Universe of an Outsider Artist Par Excellence

    published December 14, 2004

    What will it be?—" So runs the last, lonely entry in Henry Darger's diary, penned on New Year's Day 1972. He would die the next year at 81, a... More >>

  • Film

    published December 14, 2004

    This brief, chilling portrait of North Korean public life (shot in 1988 by a Polish crew) makes a fascinating companion piece to Dogville,... More >>

  • Film

    published December 14, 2004

    Hey, hey, hey—you knew the review would start this way! Fat Albert funnels the titular full-figure '70s cartoon Samaritan (Kenan... More >>

  • Neil LaBute finds there's more to love and hate with full-figured characters

    published December 14, 2004

    Armed with a clean-lined set, an efficient quartet of actors, and seven tightly coiled scenes, Neil LaBute's Fat Pig takes cool aim at the... More >>

  • See The Sea

    published December 7, 2004

    A Jacques Cousteau quote, handwritten in a library book (Diving for Sunken Treasure), leads Max Fischer to Miss Cross in Wes Anderson's... More >>

  • Film

    published November 23, 2004

    AmnesiA is a Dutch film so true to its title that I've forgotten many of the details already—and I just saw it this morning. (Released... More >>

  • Film

    published November 16, 2004

    A domestic Da Vinci Code eureka-fest, National Treasure will have you singing the Apprentice theme song: It's a movie about... More >>

  • Porous Is Burning! SpongeBob Breaks Into the Real World.

    published November 16, 2004

    No Pixar? No problem! An unstoppable good-mood generator, the resolutely 2-D SpongeBob SquarePants Movie has more yuks than Shark... More >>

  • Hasek's Hero

    published November 16, 2004

    "Czech can boast a wide range of words of abuse in all shades of intensity," writes translator Sir Cecil Parrott in his introduction to... More >>

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?: A New Look at the Old South Korea

    published November 9, 2004

    Simon S. Sheen, of 3 Ninjas fame, is no kin to Charlie, but rather one of the few filmmakers to see just how ronery North Korea's Kim Jong... More >>

  • Film

    published November 9, 2004

    Since 1978, the enigmatic Jandek has released 34 records through the equally secret Houston-based Corwood Industries: atonal marathons of ghostly... More >>

  • Strangers on a Train: Wobbly Cartoon Spectacle Lacks Human Element

    published November 2, 2004

    "Seeing is believing," says an enigmatic hobo-ghost (Tom Hanks) in The Polar Express, a sentiment on the mind of the Saint... More >>

  • A Talk With the Translator of the Memoir You Have to Read Next

    published October 26, 2004

    "The book is a trap, an infection, a time bomb," thinks the professorial protagonist in Margaret Drabble's The Red Queen. (See James... More >>

  • The Family Plot

    published October 26, 2004

    [This review originally appeared in The Village Voice, October 8, 1996.] It... More >>

  • The Balloonatic

    published October 19, 2004

    Fantastically front-loaded, Enduring Love climaxes early. Joe Rose (Sylvia's Daniel Craig), college lecturer and pop evolutionary... More >>

  • Film

    published October 19, 2004

    A candy-colored update of a Dutch TV series from the '60s, Yes Nurse! No Nurse! has an occasional from-Mars appeal, as the mildly cracked... More >>

  • Books

    published October 12, 2004

    October means Halloween means—pirates! British paleontology student Gideon Defoe's attractively tiny debut (more properly, "pamphlet") is... More >>

  • Film

    published October 12, 2004

    From ostensible Brit comedians Phil Cornwell and John Sessions and a producer of Monty Python and the Holy Grail comes this ill-advised... More >>

  • Film

    published October 5, 2004

    The 10th screen iteration of Les Liaisons Dangereuses moves the action to the lacquered mansions and flowering pleasure grounds of Korea's... More >>

  • Jumping the Shark

    published September 21, 2004

    Shark Tale's shallow plot and leagues of padding put it fully in the shadow of last year's animated underwater offering, the nifty,... More >>

  • Back to the Future: Law and Paltrow Glow in a Blue-Screen, Robot-Rousing Fantasia

    published September 14, 2004

    A chiaroscuro lark, Kerry Conran's Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow trips through at least a dozen killer screen savers in evoking its... More >>

  • Two Socialites Have Sex, Make War in All the Wrong Places

    published September 7, 2004

    Dear Penthouse: I, Guy (Stuart Townsend) of Dublin, was a student at Cambridge in 1933. It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly,... More >>

  • Film

    published August 31, 2004

    This ain't no Gilmore Girls: Enid Zentelis's debut feature, Evergreen, tracks high schooler Henri (Addie Land) and single mom Kate... More >>

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