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2000 Stories by Michael Atkinson

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  • Performance Anxieties

    published March 14, 2000

    A beguiling, navel-focused freakazoid as original and mysterious as Sundance award winners are ever likely to get, Scott King's Treasure Island... More >>

  • Party Over, Whoops, Out of Time

    published March 7, 2000

    Paling beside La Sept Arte's "2000 as Seen By . . . " series standouts Don McKellar's Last Night and Tsai Ming-liang's The Hole,... More >>

  • Seven Children, No Organisms

    published February 29, 2000

    One would hope that Anjelica Huston, who grew up in the remote fields of County Galway, would have the bitter reality of Irish proles in her... More >>

  • Skin Flick

    published February 15, 2000

    "Look who it is—Mr. Jigaboo!" is one of the first spittings from the mouth of David Lee (David Lee Wilson), an L.A. skinhead hitting the... More >>

  • Stabs In the Dark; 'Mad Max' Returns

    published February 8, 2000

    Deliver us from midwinter. Distributor shelves are cleared, projectors choke on misassembled junk, tumbleweeds haunt the empty theater corridors.... More >>

  • Young Frankenheimer

    published February 8, 2000

    John Frankenheimer is precisely the type of erratic Hollywood auteur who benefits from a selective retro, rather than an exhaustive career survey... More >>

  • Frederick Wiseman's Fair Game

    published February 1, 2000

    Our secular pope of give-them-enough-rope docs, Frederick Wiseman, has been observing the American drama for 33 years now, and the current retro... More >>

  • Nolte and Bridges Flog a Dread Horse

    published February 1, 2000

    At this late date, Sam Shepard's brand of symbol-strewn American Dreamism seems to require a little electroshock, and that could be said twice... More >>

  • A 30-Year Chronicle of Daily Life

    published January 25, 2000

    If Errol Morris bids to be poet-philosopher of the American extremities, then Frederick Wiseman is our town-hall archivist, a conscientious,... More >>

  • The Year in Underachievements

    published January 11, 2000

    Now in their third year, the annual Village Voice Hidekis were originally defined as toasting "non-achievement" in movies, and with their... More >>

  • A New Director Rediscovers His Native Nowhere

    published January 4, 2000

    A still-warm slice of American heart-meat, Julian Goldberger's Trans does a simple thing movies no longer find easy to do: bushwhacks and... More >>

  • The Corn Blows at Midnight

    published January 4, 2000

    A circumstantial genre (determined after-the-fact on its audience being punchy, bleary-eyed, and thoroughly snotted), midnight movies live on at... More >>

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