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2002 Stories by Andy Klein

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  • Year of the Coma

    published December 26, 2002

    It's been nearly three years since Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Perhaps it's... More >>

  • On the Farm

    published November 28, 2002

    Small-town stud Tully (Anson Mount) works the family farm with his younger brother Earl (Glenn Fitzgerald) and their inexpressive, unsmiling... More >>

  • Trials and Tribulations

    published November 28, 2002

    Taking its cue from Christopher Hitchens' excoriating, similarly titled book (minus the "s" in "Trials"), this terse and compelling documentary... More >>

  • Dark Chocolat

    published November 28, 2002

    Through a strange chain of events, a likable young pianist (Anna Mouglalis) becomes an interloper in the household of an internationally renowned... More >>

  • Hot Stuff

    published November 14, 2002

    A tough Paris cop (Jean Reno) flies to Tokyo for the funeral of his great lost love, only to find out that she has left him in charge of the... More >>

  • Crazy Taxi

    published October 10, 2002

    In the past few years--more or less since the failure of his embarrassing Joan of Arc epic The Messenger--former wunderkind director... More >>

  • Royal Shaft

    published October 3, 2002

    Where is the dividing line between romantic devotion and psychotic obsession? How can you know whether your romance is Titanic...or ... More >>

  • Larger Than Life

    published September 19, 2002

    Originally meant to be called Springtime for Hitler, Mel Brooks' first feature as writer-director was only a moderate success when released... More >>

  • Going Ballistic

    published September 19, 2002

    The son of a fascistic intelligence agency boss (Gregg Henry) is kidnapped by Sever (Lucy Liu), a ruthless, mysteriously hooded killing machine.... More >>

  • Three-hour Tour

    published September 12, 2002

    In turn-of-the-century France, a minister (Charles Berling) scandalizes his tiny Protestant community by divorcing his wife (Isabelle Huppert) and... More >>

  • Bad Trip

    published September 5, 2002

    With Harvard Man, writer-director James Toback returns to his roots...in more ways than one. Not only does he admittedly draw on his... More >>

  • House of Cards

    published August 29, 2002

    Jesse Peretz, founding member of the Lemonheads, has made the transition from musician to filmmaker over the past decade or so by way of music... More >>

  • Cold Blooded

    published August 15, 2002

    Director Neil LaBute (Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty) seems the unlikeliest candidate to direct the film version of British... More >>

  • Heart of Mold

    published August 8, 2002

    Blood Work, Clint Eastwood's 23rd film as director, is another crime thriller in the vein of, but better than, True Crime... More >>

  • Destiny Calls

    published August 8, 2002

    Hearing that her writer boyfriend (Tristán Ulloa) has been killed in an accident, a Madrid waitress (Paz Vega) named Lucia takes off for an... More >>

  • Portrait of a Serial Killer

    published August 8, 2002

    A story of a somewhat troubled young man, who, heavily closeted and socially awkward, took to picking up younger males, drugging them, killing... More >>

  • Promise?

    published August 8, 2002

    After endless failed relationships, a middle-aged exterminator and jazz musician (Jeffrey Tambor) begins to think that maybe he's gay. On his... More >>

  • Promise?

    published July 25, 2002

    After endless failed relationships, a middle-aged exterminator and jazz musician (Jeffrey Tambor) begins to think that maybe he's gay. On his very... More >>

  • Moving Story

    published July 25, 2002

    During the last weeks before the fall of Saigon, tens of thousands of South Vietnamese, fearful of NVA recriminations, fled the country for the... More >>

  • Saving the Neighborhood

    published June 27, 2002

    An evil industrialist (voice of Paul Sorvino) intends to knock down the neighborhood in which Arnold (Spencer Klein), the kid with the... More >>

  • War Torn

    published June 20, 2002

    Iranian director Majid Majidi received a mantelful of awards, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film and got some American attention for... More >>

  • Pitching Woo

    published June 13, 2002

    The opening credit sequence of Windtalkers--a montage of Monument Valley--instantly invokes memories of the opening of John Woo's... More >>

  • Murder by Proxy

    published June 6, 2002

    A police detective (Koji Yakusho, star of Eureka and Shall We Dance?) is confronted with a series of inexplicable homicides. All... More >>

  • Rome Sweet Home

    published June 6, 2002

    The new Martin Scorsese film is out, and, no, it's not the delayed, high-priced Gangs of New York, but rather a delayed, low-budget... More >>

  • Painted Lady

    published May 30, 2002

    This latest film from 82-year-old French New Wave stalwart Eric Rohmer is enough of a departure that it may either confound or irritate his fans.... More >>

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