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2001 Stories by Jessica Winter

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  • Edged Out

    published August 14, 2001

    O is hardly the first film about youth unrest to be waylaid by terrible timing and nervous studio executives with political profiles to... More >>

  • City Sickness

    published August 7, 2001

    Encapsulating the moviemaking energies of an entire continent in 30 films, the Walter Reade's biennial Latin American series warrants the... More >>

  • One-Trick Ponies

    published July 31, 2001

    Turns out the French haven't completely cornered the market on art-house hardcore—the otherwise somnolent Swedish import Under the Sun... More >>

  • Camera Obscura

    published July 31, 2001

    Though his eclectic oeuvre was consistent only in its awfulness, there was something of the quixotic hero about the late Allen Smithee. Time and... More >>

  • Shock the Monkey

    published July 24, 2001

    Moviegoers who were born after, say, 1970 and/or have seen too many episodes of The Simpsons have most likely absorbed the Planet of the... More >>

  • Flight Path

    published July 24, 2001

    All but ignored by her mistress-accessorized husband and aging out of her role as full-time mother to two late-teen sons, Rosalba (Licia... More >>

  • After the Last Call

    published July 24, 2001

    If you're a congenitally morose urban troubadour who spends his afternoons in dank cafés rereading The Diary of a Seducer and your... More >>

  • Who Let the Underdogs Out?

    published July 10, 2001

    Swingers popularized ballroom dancing, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and the adjectival use of money, but scribe-star Jon Favreau's baby was... More >>

  • Legal Tender Is the Night

    published July 10, 2001

    Marriage is a high-interest loan and payback's a bitch. Or so contends Where's My Money?, John Patrick Shanley's frayed web of entangling... More >>

  • Ruff Ryders

    published July 3, 2001

    Devotees may blanch at the sight of Jet Li outfitted with a gun early in Kiss of the Dragon, but not to fear—he's promptly divested of... More >>

  • Repeat Offenders

    published June 26, 2001

    The public-relations pitch for Mathieu Kassovitz's grisly policier The Crimson Rivers is "Seven meets The Silence of the... More >>

  • Mad for Sadness

    published June 19, 2001

    "Try living life instead of hiding in the bedroom," a frustrated girlfriend snaps on the early Red House Painters song "Medicine Bottle," but the... More >>

  • Not for Ourselves Alone

    published May 29, 2001

    Equal parts documentarian and melodramatist of the disenfranchised, Ken Loach protests the political and socioeconomic forces behind personal... More >>

  • What It Feels Like for a Girl

    published May 22, 2001

    Our Song is an exemplary coming-of-age tale not least because it so gracefully transcends its genre—for all its verité... More >>

  • Cities of Lost Children

    published May 15, 2001

    Jacques Doillon is best known for Ponette, a lacerating passion play in which a preschooler simply, stubbornly refuses to believe that her... More >>

  • Seventeen Liar Bodies

    published May 15, 2001

    Devout popular-music scholar and anything-goes sociologist, Greil Marcus only connects—and when that fails, only projects. For him, one... More >>

  • Garden 'Hos

    published May 8, 2001

    Anyone would envy the title character of About Adam his seductive talents and adaptable charm, not to mention his copious free time. The... More >>

  • The Land That Time Forgot

    published May 1, 2001

    A hugely empathic study of sorrow and reckoning, Shinji Aoyama's epic Eureka maps the aftermath of a bus hijacking in southwest Japan that... More >>

  • Beyoncé Good and Evil

    published May 1, 2001

    As the name suggests, there's only one infant messiah in Destiny's Child, and Survivor (note singular) is for all purposes the inevitable... More >>

  • Mondo Trasho and Desperate Living

    published April 24, 2001

    The Tom Green Cancer Special was a genuinely startling piece of surreality TV, a gallows parody of disease-of-the-week programs that just... More >>

  • Natural Porn Killers

    published April 17, 2001

    Wayne Wang's first foray into digital video offers two interpretations of its title. "The thing about computers is you're connected to everyone... More >>

  • New Haven Vice

    published April 10, 2001

    Madonna and whore, house of the holy and den of iniquity, Sterling Memorial Library has been entangled for a lifetime in a luxurious struggle... More >>

  • The Choices They Made

    published April 3, 2001

    Barnett Slepian wasn't the first American doctor killed for the anti-abortion cause, but his murder in October 1998 did signal a ghastly point of... More >>

  • Family Trees

    published March 27, 2001

    Fascinating combination of hippie dreamer and determined pragmatist, Julia Butterfly Hill became an unlikely celebrity when she clambered 180 feet... More >>

  • Bipolar Ex

    published March 20, 2001

    Sometime in the last 10 years, the spiked punch of Hollywood romantic banter fermented into throat-scouring moonshine. In teen flicks lately, most... More >>

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