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2005 Stories by Michael Atkinson

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  • Head Hunter: Peckinpah's Anarchic Nixon-Era Neo-Noir

    published March 15, 2005

    The underworld demon king of masculine genre angst and the world's first genuine action craftsman, Sam Peckinpah was also a quintessentially... More >>

  • screens

    published March 15, 2005

    If meta-folk-rock idiosyncrat-renaissance artificer Cory McAbee has anything to say about it, irony is not dead—it's merely lost in the... More >>

  • Die Hard With a Vengeance

    published March 15, 2005

    More than any single Korean film as yet released stateside, Park Chanwook's Oldboy crystallizes the reigning characteristic of its national... More >>

  • screens

    published March 15, 2005

    Seeming even more innocent and utopian today than its era's musicals and westerns, the Depression-era screwball comedy also required a good deal... More >>

  • screens

    published March 8, 2005

    The German New Wave, and its newfound capabilities for dealing with the mass-think demons of German consciousness past, present and future, more... More >>

  • Pale Fire

    published March 8, 2005

    Beginning with a slovenly nod to the WWI-era underworld serial Les Vampires and finishing on the same quote from Revelation that named Elem... More >>

  • Central Asian Indie Wastes Post-Apocalyptic Landscape

    published March 8, 2005

    A modest, formulaic day trip from Kazakhstan, produced and co-written by Russian mainstreamer Sergei Bodrov, Schizo observes the placid... More >>

  • Accidental Hollywood Masterpiece Star of New Noir Set

    published March 8, 2005

    In its factory formation belle epoque, Hollywood was infrequently blessed by calamitous serendipity—sometimes, production debacles that... More >>

  • screens

    published March 8, 2005

    From the seemingly bottomless vault store of Andrzej Wajda's films that have gone unreleased in the U.S. springs this serrated, farcical 1999... More >>

  • screens

    published March 8, 2005

    Among its more predictable achievements, the Criterion Collection has taken upon itself the task of correcting the virtually nonexistent American... More >>

  • screens

    published March 1, 2005

    The original, old-school reading-the-will-in-a-haunted-house murder mystery bugbear, directed in 1927 by German expat Paul Leni midway between two... More >>

  • River Runs Through It: Van Sant's Magical Mystery Tour

    published March 1, 2005

    Gus Van Sant searched for and found a new vocabulary in this utterly seminal, decade-defining punk of a movie, as restless, densely inhabited, and... More >>

  • screens

    published March 1, 2005

    Known as a J-horror elder but more sensibly viewed as a mad-doctor surrealist, Kiyoshi Kurosawa is scantly released here (out of 23 features, only... More >>

  • screens

    published March 1, 2005

    Spirited Away was such a disorienting assault-and-battery of conceptual charm and visual elegance that the American market can no longer... More >>

  • Foreign Legion

    published March 1, 2005

    In its 10th manifestation, Lincoln Center's annual buffet of Gallic entrées presents, among other things, a distinct vision of how... More >>

  • Consolidated Edison: A trove of turn-of-the-century shorts

    published February 22, 2005

    For the movie collector and cinephile, this gorgeously designed four-disc box is kinda like a discovered trunkload of priceless, pristine Caruso... More >>

  • screens

    published February 22, 2005

    Something like the Asian school years trauma zeitgeist's Quadrophenia, Shunji Iwai's rueful movie fashions pensive cyber-lyricism out of a... More >>

  • screens

    published February 22, 2005

    The vaults of the powerful studio, haunted by the Golden Era's most idiosyncratic character-stars, open in a gout of totemic classics that were... More >>

  • Double Dutch

    published February 22, 2005

    At least the MGM marketers waited for Dutch Leonard to write a Get Shorty sequel before they green-lit a filmed one—but the wait may... More >>

  • The Year the Western Went New Wave

    published February 22, 2005

    And then the western grew sick in the heart and mind, sick with ruined mythopoeia and squandered righteousness and violent lies, and died,... More >>

  • Film

    published February 22, 2005

    Haunted by history and caught in a state of maddened rue, the Korean new wave is still gaining steam as a zeitgeist, and Park Chan-wook appears to... More >>

  • Film

    published February 15, 2005

    Here are two mid-career Seijun Suzuki opuses that didn't get him in trouble, but should have—the man's timeless disgust with formula and... More >>

  • Scorsese Boxed Set Captures '70s Career From Boxcar to Bull

    published February 15, 2005

    Will our boy finally get the big O this year? Whatever: Here, four of his '70s films are shipped together, ranging from his yeoman stint on the... More >>

  • Harsh Mistress: Considering Muratova's Post-Soviet Films

    published February 15, 2005

    "Bold" is not a lightly applied word—as represented by the unfettered films this gray panther has made in the post-Soviet era, Kira Muratova... More >>

  • Film

    published February 15, 2005

    Welcoming the pioneers of celluloid-free moviemaking, the Moving Image's ongoing Digital Masters series showcases the new medium's particular... More >>

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