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2000 Stories by J. Hoberman

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  • Leaps of Faith

    published January 4, 2000

    No matter who Time sees fit to anoint Man of the Century, it's difficult not to view World War II—and specifically, the... More >>

  • Yanks Tank, Imports Rank

    published December 26, 2000

    It could be a national emergency or maybe a constitutional crisis: Fifty-five film critics, mainly from the alternative press, mostly from the... More >>

  • Blood Sports

    published December 26, 2000

    Premised on the notion that F.W. Murnau's silent horror classic Nosferatu was actually a documentary, Shadow of the Vampire manages... More >>

  • 100 Years of Solitude

    published December 19, 2000

    The stylized silhouette of doomed soubrette Lily Bart emerges from the steam cloud produced by a train just about to leave the station: From its... More >>

  • Stone Cold Warriors

    published December 12, 2000

    Galloping into the holiday season with a cloud of dust and a hearty "Hi-yo, Silver," Thirteen Days evokes a thrilling yesteryear of beehive... More >>

  • The First Days of Disco

    published November 28, 2000

    A Hard Day's Night, rereleased this week at Film Forum, is hardly a great film. But as the movie that first projected the Beatles as... More >>

  • Cruel and Unusual

    published November 21, 2000

    "Dear reader, I have a naughty little tale to tell. . . . " So begins Quills, Philip Kaufman's earnestly overblown celebration of the... More >>

  • Antichrist Superstar

    published November 14, 2000

    Two-ton box office gorilla Adam Sandler doesn't do print interviews. So we can't ask him how he felt when a pair of national weeklies and the... More >>

  • Imps of the Perverse

    published November 14, 2000

    I read someplace (it might even have been last week's Village Voice) that Korean food was the cuisine du jour. If so, it's appropriate that... More >>

  • Eternal Return

    published November 7, 2000

    Home to the last great popular cinema of the 20th century, Hong Kong has proved a great source of inspiration. Syncretic by nature, Hong Kong... More >>

  • Le Misérable

    published November 7, 2000

    In France, per The New York Times, Michel Houellebecq is considered the first novelist since Balzac to capture contemporary "social... More >>

  • Veterans of Disorder

    published October 31, 2000

    Kippur, which—with sobering timeliness—has its theatrical premiere this week, confirms Amos Gitai's earnest claim to be the most... More >>

  • The Children's Hour

    published October 24, 2000

    George Washington, the first feature by 25-year-old David Gordon Green, is the year's most fascinating American indie precisely because... More >>

  • Totò Recall

    published October 17, 2000

    Someday, perhaps, some bold internationalist will consecrate an alley off Hollywood Boulevard to those other superstars of world cinema—the... More >>

  • A Conspiracy So Vast

    published October 10, 2000

    The Contender will be no one's idea of an October surprise, although, barring some late-breaking revelation of George Bush fratboy... More >>

  • It's All Relative

    published October 3, 2000

    Edward Yang's Yi Yi, which screens tonight at the New York Film Festival and opens Friday at Film Forum, is a wonderfully engrossing... More >>

  • Contact Sports

    published September 26, 2000

    Taboo, which has its premiere at the New York Film Festival this weekend, could be considered an event within the event. Nagisa Oshima is... More >>

  • Trailer Flash and Female Trouble

    published September 19, 2000

    Twenty-five this year, the Toronto Film Festival has managed to integrate its various identities—Hollywood junket, Perspective Canada, Cannes... More >>

  • Generational Tastes

    published September 12, 2000

    A historical marker in more ways than one, American Graffiti perfected a near Pavlovian formula for manufacturing the myth of a... More >>

  • Picture This

    published September 5, 2000

    The fall fanfare has begun: Ready to rock your world, DreamWorks is positioning Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous—the... More >>

  • Desperate Remedies

    published September 5, 2000

    Neither genius nor poseur, the aging enfant terrible who calls himself Leos Carax can be seen to best advantage in Pola X. This moody,... More >>

  • Multiple Maniacs

    published August 15, 2000

    The much maligned "Sixties" refer less to a precise decade than to a chunk of time lasting a dozen years or so when, for a host of reasons ranging... More >>

  • Men Will Be Boys

    published August 8, 2000

    A spasm of annoyance convulsed the normally placid world of film crit last week. Yes, of course, bad boy Paul Verhoeven had released a new... More >>

  • Wander Land

    published July 25, 2000

    "We're heading nowhere," a disembodied voice complains as a battered jeep crawls up a winding road through harsh, scrubby terrain. So begins... More >>

  • Bands of Outsiders

    published July 18, 2000

    Pop culture is often a matter of instant tradition. Take the once famous Rififi. A low-budget thriller that became an international success... More >>

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