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2001 Stories by Michael Atkinson

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  • Improbable Cause

    published March 6, 2001

    Commonly misquoted and misapplied, Warhol's dictum that everybody in the future will be famous for 15 minutes has had such a long run as a... More >>

  • Bad Trips and Borrowed Trash

    published February 27, 2001

    A self-adrenalizing, self-destructing pop-culture whirligig, Henry Selick's Monkeybone is no more centered or reasoned in its abuse of... More >>

  • Crouching Pussycats, Hidden Gems

    published February 27, 2001

    And so we emerge like depressed, tick-plagued groundhogs not from merely a winter of withering cinematic mediocrity but an entire year of... More >>

  • Terminal Endearment

    published February 20, 2001

    An extra-thick vanilla schmalted with just the right amount of raw sugar to summon the awwwws of high school girls, Sweet November updates... More >>

  • Ramshackle Projections of the Id

    published February 13, 2001

    In the history of the new waves, the Czechoslovakian outburst rates as one of the prime events—excelling at a still-fresh sardonic naturalism... More >>

  • Tempting Fate

    published February 6, 2001

    As if to answer the introverted, prevaricating psychodramatics of his debut, Sunday, Jonathan Nossiter has assembled his new film, Signs... More >>

  • Drive, He Said

    published January 30, 2001

    The crash—be it in a car, train, plane, or less popular mode of high-speed, high-risk transport—is one of cinema's basic visual... More >>

  • Where the Streets Have No Shame

    published January 30, 2001

    Confirming how severely decades of fame and wealth will alienate artists from the culture they used to have a hand in creating, Wim Wenders's... More >>

  • Wreckage and Reckonings

    published January 23, 2001

    Ingmar Bergman stopped making movies 17 years ago, but then again, he didn't. His epic autobiographical/dynastic script project, which has been... More >>

  • Preaching to the Converted

    published January 16, 2001

    Politics and film—paradoxical yet inevitable bedfellows caught in a hapless tail-chase of opinion humping and moral panic. Few were gratified... More >>

  • The Full Monte

    published January 9, 2001

    If you haven't yet come to understand what makes Monte Hellman the American New Wave's most beloved auteur maudit, now's the winter of your... More >>

  • The Knobbies '00

    published January 2, 2001

    In their fourth year, the Awards Formerly Known as the Hidekis™ have been rechristened and redefined, their original erstwhile Yankee... More >>

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