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2007 Stories by Nathan Lee

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  • No More Drama

    published July 24, 2007

    The funny thing about minimalism is its endless variety: Like "realism," the term is so abstract and subjective as to be practically meaningless.... More >>

  • A Star is Bourne (Again)

    published July 24, 2007

    The Bourne Ultimatum opens in Russia as the amnesiac super-spy Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) does what he does best: eludes capture, cracks... More >>

  • Sucker Edition

    published July 17, 2007

    When Grindhouse and Zodiac opened this spring the reviews were ecstatic. By the time they finished their runs with a victory lap at... More >>

  • Working Class Heroes—and Zeros

    published July 17, 2007

    Scene by scene, This Is England gets the job done. Drawing on memories of a specific place and time—England in the early... More >>

  • Summer Lovin'

    published July 17, 2007

    Summer 2001: paradise before the fall, a season of innocent fantasy and untroubled spectacle. It was all so different then, wasn't it? Who can... More >>

  • The Charge of the Light Brigade

    published July 10, 2007

    In the observation room of the spacecraft Icarus II, passengers sit on a bench in front of a large, rectangular screen displaying a view of... More >>

  • Queer as Folk

    published July 10, 2007

    I can't speak to the achievement of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry within the Adam Sandler oeuvre. Geeky Jews are totally my type, but... More >>

  • Nuts, Ninjas, and Metamorphic Sprites

    published July 3, 2007

    There are no raccoons in Princess Raccoon; the word is a convenient but misleading translation of tanuki, the Japanese term for an... More >>

  • Talk to Me

    published July 3, 2007

    Having ascended to genre supremacy, the biopic has long since reached its imaginative low—so much so that the banality of Talk To Me... More >>

  • Auto-Chaotic

    published June 26, 2007

    Transformers twiddles its big, fat, stupid robotic thumbs for the better part of two hours before jabbing them into your eye socket and... More >>

  • Early Bloomer

    published June 26, 2007

    Remember Peter Greenaway? Once upon a time, he was the brainiest—if not quite the smartest—of British filmmakers. Trained as a painter... More >>

  • The Method

    published June 26, 2007

    Anti-globalization activists are rioting on the streets of Madrid. High above, sequestered in an immaculate beige conference room, seven... More >>

  • Coming to America, Coming of Age

    published June 19, 2007

    In Between Days is instantly compelling. Dwarfed inside a fur-rimmed parka, a young girl trumps through snow with a rubbery crunch, her... More >>

  • From Mongolia or Outer Space?

    published June 12, 2007

    In 1982, magnetized tissues were discovered in dolphins. Scientists speculated that the clever mammals might be tuning into the earth’s... More >>

  • Flash in the Can

    published June 12, 2007

    From one perspective, the big news at the 2007 New York Asian Film Festival is the American premiere of Park Chan-wook's I'm a Cyborg,... More >>

  • Evil Dead

    published June 5, 2007

    Eli Roth is obviously a poseur, but on the evidence of Hostel: Part II, he's also kind of a pussy. Anyone can string a naked woman up by... More >>

  • The Whole World in Our Hands

    published June 5, 2007

    The 2007 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival unearths hope and horror from the International Criminal Tribunal at The Hague, Israeli... More >>

  • Lights in the Dusk

    published June 5, 2007

    Lights in the Dusk derives scant excitement from its melodramatic plot, which satisfies a dismal, ineluctable formula with stultifying... More >>

  • Bad Day

    published May 22, 2007

    Night Watch, you may recall, told of an ancient feud waged between the forces of Light and Dark. In the interest of maintaining a fragile... More >>

  • In the Beginning

    published May 22, 2007

    We could be in Montana, Texas, or China: An expanse of low hills, powdered in mist, rolls on the horizon. Dreamy and iconic, this gray-on-gray... More >>

  • 'The Fifth Empire'

    published May 22, 2007

    Admirable in retrospect but maddening as it goes (and goes and goes), The Fifth Empire opens with a comet in the sky, a conversation in the... More >>

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At Wit's End

    published May 15, 2007

    And so Disney's immense, booty-busting, pro-piracy epic has come to an End. I doubt very much that Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's... More >>

  • Pictures of You

    published May 15, 2007

    One way of looking at Magic Mirror, a baffling opacity from Manoel de Oliveira, is easy enough. Every film is a magic mirror.... More >>

  • Oh, the Humanité!

    published May 8, 2007

    Eight years ago, the philosophy professor-turned-cineaste Bruno Dumont debuted his sophomore feature at the Cannes Film Festival. Set in a banal... More >>

  • 209 Weeks Later

    published May 1, 2007

    Four years after "Mission Accomplished," 28 Weeks Later reminds us that the mission, whatever the hell it was to begin with, is now... More >>

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