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2002 Stories by Michael Atkinson

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  • Adrift in No Man’s Land

    published March 12, 2002

    The Israeli-Palestinian crisis is usually regarded as a sociopolitical tar baby, glumly pondered at arm's length. On a clear day, however, what... More >>

  • Patriot Shame

    published March 5, 2002

    Early in We Were Soldiers, gung ho bullethead colonel Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) invokes Custer as a possible paradigm for his situation during... More >>

  • Death Be Not Proud

    published February 26, 2002

    Tom (Ace Ventura) Shadyac's new résumé-deposit possesses an almost Victorian notion of swoony metaphysics that crosses the... More >>

  • Prosaic Nations

    published February 19, 2002

    With its lunatic genre freak-outs and intimidating quantity, Indian cinema is as difficult to nail down as a blob of mercury, but you'd never know... More >>

  • For Mature Audiences Only

    published February 12, 2002

    There aren't many serious films about aging, but there has never been any shortage of movies that sling sweet bullshit about being old. Living on... More >>

  • Between Heaven and Earth

    published January 29, 2002

    Perhaps the most rarefied of working filmmakers, Alexander Sokurov may also possess contemporary cinema's most original vision. Feel free to stump... More >>

  • To Live

    published January 22, 2002

    It's not that no one cares much about contemporary Chinese cinema anymore—in whatever generation they're in, if they're even... More >>

  • Sexy Beasts and Sweet Nothings

    published January 15, 2002

    All pulp may be proletarian, but surely some pulp is more equal than others. American and Asian pulp, for instance, have always had the racy... More >>

  • Director's Cut

    published January 1, 2002

    Biopics about directors are a relatively late-blooming phenomenon—starting more or less with 1992's enervating Chaplin—because... More >>

  • The Anniversary Party

    published January 1, 2002

    It's easy to sympathize with repertory programmers: 52 weeks of screen time every year, and only so many international cinemas and revivable... More >>

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