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2008 Stories by Nathan Lee

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  • New Directors/New Films Brings the New Class

    published March 25, 2008

    Once again, New Directors/New Films, "the premiere festival for works that break or recast the cinematic mold," if they do say so themselves,... More >>

  • The Cool School

    published March 25, 2008

    Half a century ago, so the story goes, Los Angeles was a visual-art wasteland. Excepting the movies, of course—an asinine exemption to... More >>

  • Asia Argento Rising

    published March 18, 2008

    Audiences at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival might have been less surprised by a glimpse of Asia Argento's anus—the sole body part she has... More >>

  • Towards Darkness: The Bourne Opprobrium

    published March 11, 2008

    Towards Darkness purports to expose the scourge of kidnapping in Colombia by reveling in the tropes of the jittery, time-leaping,... More >>

  • J'Entends Plus la Guitare: Nico Remembered

    published March 4, 2008

    Philippe Garrel's 1991 masterpiece J'entends plus la guitare (I Don't Hear the Guitar Anymore) opens with a set of proofs, puns,... More >>

  • Snow Angels: On Thin Ice

    published March 4, 2008

    Stomping about on a frozen football field, shy trombonist Arthur Parkinson (Michael Angarano) and his high-school bandmates fumble their way... More >>

  • Music is Religious Experience in Apparition of the Eternal Church

    published February 26, 2008

    When I got in touch with Paul Festa to find out if I might take a look at his 2006 film, Apparition of the Eternal Church, in which a... More >>

  • Chop Shop: A Kid's Rundown Queens

    published February 26, 2008

    You come away from Chop Shop with a mood, the voluptuous sum of its fine-tuned parts: the way a rundown patch of Queens is always... More >>

  • The Duchess of Langeais: She Got Game

    published February 19, 2008

    Having returned from the center of Africa, "held prisoner by savages for two years before fleeing," the Marquis de Montriveau (Guillaume... More >>

  • Frederick Wiseman Goes to Idaho

    published February 19, 2008

    On paper, it sounds beyond wonky: a fly-on-the-wall documentary, nearly four hours in length, concerned with the day-to-day operation of the Idaho... More >>

  • Vlogged to Death

    published February 5, 2008

    Fleet-footed corpses are, from a physiological point of view, complete bullshit. "If you run that fast, your ankles will snap off," says Jason... More >>

  • Princes of Darkness

    published January 29, 2008

    In his 1998 essay "American Movie Classic," critic Kent Jones makes a persuasive case for John Carpenter as "the last genre filmmaker in America"... More >>

  • London to Brighton

    published January 29, 2008

    Someone smacked the shit out of Kelly (Lorraine Stanley), a hooker with a heart of gold, and something nasty happened to Joanne (Georgia Groome),... More >>

  • The Hottie and the Nottie

    published January 29, 2008

    Crass, shrill, disingenuous, tawdry, mean-spirited, vulgar, idiotic, boring, slapdash, half-assed, and very, very unfunny, The Hottie and the... More >>

  • When Everything Changed

    published January 22, 2008

    Sex and chance brought them together, one furtive summer night, in the cruising grounds of a wooded Parisian park. Adrien (Michel Blanc), a... More >>

  • Cloverfield Is One Giant, Incredibly Entertaining ‘Screw You!’ to Yuppie New York

    published January 15, 2008

    “I don’t understand why this is happening,” whimpers an awestruck participant in the Cloverfield calamity. Quaking amidst... More >>

  • You Kill Me

    published January 15, 2008

    Regarding the irrelevance of Untraceable: First of all, torture is so 2007, and just because this drab little thriller with a... More >>

  • Doc

    published January 15, 2008

    As exhaustively, rather sycophantically chronicled at the outset of Doc, Harold "Doc" Humes knew everyone (Baldwin, Duchamp, Dietrich,... More >>

  • Freak Folk

    published January 8, 2008

    I just love it when this happens: Barely two weeks into the new year and here comes Opera Jawa, a surrealist Indonesian... More >>

  • Blissfully His

    published January 1, 2008

    One afternoon toward the end of the millennium, Apichatpong Weerasethakul pointed his video camera at the sun. A strange thing happened, and he... More >>

  • After the Fall

    published January 1, 2008

    Liberty Kid elevates that woeful genre, the 9/11 movie, by keeping a Wire-worthy ear to the street talk of south Williamsburg and... More >>

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