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2005 Stories by Jessica Winter

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  • Big Bang Theories

    published July 19, 2005

    I. Standards and Practices Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs is the slender treatment of a year-long London romance spoken in... More >>

  • Bad Education: German Activists Do Radical Chic to Death

    published July 12, 2005

    Pitting three hapless young activists against the autocracy of high-bourgeois materialism, The Edukators smiles indulgently as the kids... More >>

  • How London Got That Stiff Upper Lip

    published July 5, 2005

    LONDON- When I first moved from New York to London in September 2002, there were two questions that inevitably popped up in any... More >>

  • The Covers Album

    published July 5, 2005

    The Nirvana biographer Michael Azerrad once said that he refused to sell the film rights to his book Come as You Are because he "didn't... More >>

  • The No-Commitments

    published July 5, 2005

    Hollywood number crunchers estimate that by 2008, one-quarter of all studio comedies will feature a permutation of the acting collective popularly... More >>

  • Mystery Scientology Theater

    published June 21, 2005

    The ominous tagline in early trailers for the alien invasion blockbuster War of the Worlds was "They're Already Here"—but any learned... More >>

  • Malle on 65th Street: A New Wave Outsider's Eclectic Oeuvre

    published June 14, 2005

    He got his start only slightly ahead of Godard, Truffaut, Rivette, et al.—sharing the Palme d'Or at age 23 with Jacques Cousteau for The... More >>

  • Wireless Connections

    published June 7, 2005

    The inclusive title of polymath Miranda July's first feature film is apt for a multimedia artist who has often sought to forge virtual communities... More >>

  • The Original Rebel Giant, Lost to the East of Eden

    published May 31, 2005

    "This young actor, who is here doing his first big-screen stint, is a mass of histrionic gingerbread. He scuffs his feet, he whirls, he pouts, he... More >>

  • Rights and Wronged

    published May 31, 2005

    War and its aftermath are always major preoccupations of Human Rights Watch's annual global film sampler; the 16th installment of this invaluable... More >>

  • Middle-Class Convention Gets Tweaked

    published May 24, 2005

    "I'm sick of symmetry," declares a character early in Luis Buñuel's penultimate feature, and though the director was never much a stickler... More >>

  • 'Or (My Treasure)'

    published May 24, 2005

    With a cool head and level gaze, Keren Ye-daya's stark first feature attempts a Bressonian trajectory of tragic inevitability. Or (Dana Ivgy) is a... More >>

  • The Mother and the Whore

    published May 3, 2005

    "I don't want your love unless you know I am repulsive," intones the luxuriantly dissolute matriarch to her teenage son in Georges Bataille's 1966... More >>

  • Cracked Rear View

    published May 3, 2005

    The thrumming backdrop of Sam Brumbaugh's well-wrought debut novel is a rueful American romance of the open road, combined with a near Ballardian... More >>

  • The Fable Guy

    published April 26, 2005

    Michael Powell once said of his films, "They are, for the most part, fairy tales." Certainly during the mid-to-late-'40s high tide of his... More >>

  • Sade-ways: The Story of Story of O

    published April 26, 2005

    "I just want to be a hole," says the pensive masochist in Catherine Breillat's Romance. The heroine of Story of O, godmother to... More >>

  • Mostly Harmless

    published April 19, 2005

    Radical atheist and devout science geek Douglas Adams died of a heart attack at the ridiculously early age of 49 in May 2001. He thus missed... More >>

  • Treasure Hunt Saga Ignores Rules of Space-Time

    published April 5, 2005

    Sahara is many things, but it is not a movie. It is the skull-splitting cacophony of 21 producers and four screenwriters (that we know... More >>

  • False Note: Day-Lewis Smells Like a Rose, While Ballad Reeks

    published March 15, 2005

    What does it mean to give a wholly convincing performance from an untenable script? Does the feat confirm the supremacy of the living word... More >>

  • Dearth in Venice: Locals Lost in Tourism Glut

    published March 8, 2005

    The Venice day-tripper may imagine herself wandering not a city but a floating outdoor museum, densely dotted with overpriced cafés and... More >>

  • Look Back in Anger: Self-Pitying Drunks Drown in Glib Alkie Romance

    published March 1, 2005

    Contrary to the title, it's all downside here. Having announced that her husband has absconded to Sweden with his mistress, affluent... More >>

  • Film

    published March 1, 2005

    "How can shit like this happen to the same guy twice?" was Bruce Willis's lament in Die Hard 2, which shouldered both its Xerox plot and... More >>

  • Film

    published March 1, 2005

    In this fine refresher course on recent Middle Eastern cinema, the woman's place is usually confining, claustrophobic, and fraught with peril, be... More >>

  • Truth or Consequences: A Trite Post-Apartheid Romance

    published March 1, 2005

    Rejecting vengeance in favor of an almost unimaginable well of forgiveness, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission marked an extraordinary... More >>

  • Film

    published February 22, 2005

    Mike Leigh spins silk out of shoestrings and Terence Davies can't even get a foot in the financiers' door, but somehow the U.K. film industry can... More >>

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