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2003 Stories by Michael Atkinson

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  • The Deuce-ical

    published March 11, 2003

    A lowbrow time tunnel wackily nostalgic for the piss fog and meat-counter movie gore of the recent past, hubby-wife team Bill Landis and Michelle... More >>

  • Beyond The Veil

    published March 11, 2003

    Imported Iranian movies freely excoriate their nation's sociopolitical conditions, and yet the land of mullahs and doe-eyed tykes is conceived of... More >>

  • Raising Cain

    published March 4, 2003

    A well-tumbled jade of thriller triple-crosses and noirish iconography, Hideo Nakata's Chaos lacks the subterranean frisson of his... More >>

  • Blow By Blow

    published February 25, 2003

    A near perfect manifestation of radical, DIY media intervention, the video doc Horns and Halos could not be more timely—just as we... More >>

  • Trauma Centers

    published February 18, 2003

    Just as Lars Von Trier foresaw in his epic-passional manner, the Dogme trendlet is making movies safe for soap opera again. Which sounds like the... More >>

  • Spook Easy

    published February 4, 2003

    A rather insular spook procedural that hardly ever leaves the Langley suburbs, The Recruit weighs in like a porous brick of recycled... More >>

  • Being There

    published January 28, 2003

    A voice from the frontier of both post-post-industrial civilization and art-film reductionism, Lithuanian filmmaker Sarunas Bartas may be the... More >>

  • The No Men

    published January 21, 2003

    Being an immigrant import, the gangster is hardly an all-American phenomenon—except as defined by movies. He evolved from the silent... More >>

  • Boys From Brazil

    published January 14, 2003

    Sensationally sensationalistic, Fernando Meirelles's City of God spews like a magma jet. Mapping out the titular Rio housing project as it... More >>

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