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2002 Stories by Jessica Winter

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  • Modesty Blaze

    published December 24, 2002

    One of a rare hybrid breed that might be termed Star Character Actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman has, in the space of just a few years, amassed an... More >>

  • The Good Son

    published December 24, 2002

    Charles Dickens's third full-fledged novel once occasioned a Royal Shakespeare Company production that ran nine and a half hours long, owing not... More >>

  • Road Scholar

    published December 17, 2002

    LONDON—Mad traveler and secret historian, Iain Sinclair maps the forgotten and forsaken corners of England most flaneurs would either... More >>

  • Save the Last Trance

    published December 17, 2002

    LONDON—As fragmentary, elusive, and brilliantly hued as a kaleidoscope's pattern, Lynne Ramsay's More >>

  • High-Water Mark

    published November 12, 2002

    I. Repetition Singin' in the Rain, I've seen that thing a million zillion . . . it's uncountable how many times I've seen that.... More >>

  • Luminous Motion

    published November 5, 2002

    In cinema's purported Age of Democracy, the herky-jerky aesthetic of the faux-verité drama forgives and even embraces technical... More >>

  • The Pope Says 'Dope'

    published October 22, 2002

    Peter Mullan and Carlos Carrera might be on the Catholic Church's blacklist now, but when it comes to impious directors, the pontiff's crew... More >>

  • Mass Hysteria

    published October 22, 2002

    Growing up, I was a very idealistic young Catholic," says Peter Mullan, director of The Magdalene Sisters. "I wanted to be Spencer Tracy in... More >>

  • Troubles Every Day

    published September 24, 2002

    "It's unquestionably the most difficult, the most contentious, the most controversial single day of the whole Troubles," says More >>

  • Body Blows

    published September 17, 2002

    TORONTO—Soaked through with every variety of bodily fluid, Ken Park revels in adolescent bumping and bloodletting, the sticky... More >>

  • Ten Years After

    published September 3, 2002

    SARAJEVO—A decade after the beginning of the Serbian attack that leveled the cityscape and killed more than 10,000 civilians, Bosnia... More >>

  • Take the Long Way Home

    published August 20, 2002

    "They're all so happy to hear that I've done wrong," Neko Case once sang about nosy neighbors titillated by rumors of scandalous extracurriculars,... More >>

  • Chimp Change

    published August 6, 2002

    When Marc Jurnove first visited the Long Island Game Farm Park and Zoo in the spring of 1995, he found Barney, a chimpanzee, living in bleak... More >>

  • Keep It Together

    published August 6, 2002

    In a glassy-eyed season of franchise bloat and blockbusters-by-committee, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams pulls off a dual identity... More >>

  • Truth and Consequences

    published July 30, 2002

    Ken Loach studied law at Oxford, and though he claims to have been an indifferent pupil, he went on to answer his calling as a public advocate... More >>

  • The Underneath

    published July 30, 2002

    Trapped in ice for the 2582nd day running, the puzzlingly portly captain of a hapless north pole expedition in Voyage of the Carcass (HERE)... More >>

  • Flesh + Blood

    published July 23, 2002

    As is proper for a series about transgression, AMMI's "Carnal Knowledge" program includes a pair of veritable outlaws from the year of the Summer... More >>

  • Lost and Found

    published July 23, 2002

    Just as grumbling about Warner/Reprise's abandonment of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot elevated a serviceable psychedelic-folk record into a... More >>

  • The Road to Mecha

    published July 23, 2002

    Scientists at the World Economic Forum predicted on Friday a grim future replete with unprecedented biological threats, global warming and the... More >>

  • Vive L'Amour

    published July 16, 2002

    The copious epigraphs in Tadpole come courtesy of Voltaire, beginning with "Love shows signs that cannot be mistaken." Fitting, then, that... More >>

  • Hot Thespian Action

    published July 9, 2002

    Write what you know: In his debut film, writer-director Yvan Attal plays Yvan, whose wife is an actress named Charlotte, played by Attal's wife,... More >>

  • Losing His Religion

    published July 2, 2002

    Dotted with amateur martyrs, home to a malpracticing magician, and site of a well-attended human sacrifice, the unnamed pre-apocalyptic city of More >>

  • Denis Johnson's Ukiah Heap

    published July 2, 2002

    A nine-year-old girl's voice, clear and fragile as cut glass and accompanied by a lonely piano, intones a prologue of sorts to Denis Johnson's new... More >>

  • State of Confusion

    published June 18, 2002

    Prefab promised land for snowbirds, retirees, exiles, and carpetbaggers, not to mention tabloid devotees, Florida is most often a destination (or... More >>

  • Behind the Barricades

    published June 18, 2002

    Rich with documentary reportage from all over the globe, this year's Human Rights Watch International Film Festival (through June 27 at the Walter... More >>

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