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2001 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • Clay Feet

    published December 27, 2001

    The most daunting thing for an actor is to portray a god, and when that god comes equipped with a tangle of myths and the quickest left jab in... More >>

  • Duke, Where's My Car?

    published December 20, 2001

    The tricked-up charms of James Mangold's Kate & Leopold may be precisely what the moment demands--if you accept the existence of... More >>

  • Working Girls

    published December 13, 2001

    The combatants in Patrick Stettner's compelling first feature, The Business of Strangers, are a middle-aged software executive... More >>

  • Grand Allusions

    published December 13, 2001

    At first look, the cloud of gloom that envelops Lucrecia Martel's strangely affecting first feature, La Cienaga (The... More >>

  • Dental Damned

    published November 15, 2001

    It takes a nimble mind to mix light and dark, to wed humor with treachery, and in Novocaine newcomer David Atkins is not always... More >>

  • In the Screening Room

    published November 15, 2001

    Two years ago, a colleague of Michael Cain's asked the founder and director of the Deep Ellum Film Festival just why the hell he named his... More >>

  • Emma Goes to France

    published November 8, 2001

    The heroine of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's bold and bracing new comedy, Amlie, is Amélie Poulain, a doe-eyed crusader with the... More >>

  • Cain and Very Able

    published November 1, 2001

    Joel and Ethan Coen's periodic genuflections to classic Hollywood are inevitably accompanied by a knowing wink from one brother and a wry... More >>

  • Secret Worlds

    published October 11, 2001

    Tran Anh Hung's beautiful meditation on family ties and family traumas, The Vertical Ray of the Sun, marks a captivating new... More >>

  • The Awful Truth

    published September 27, 2001

    Combine teenage angst with suburban emptiness and you've got a movie formula with an appreciable advantage over some other current movie... More >>

  • Wynter of Our Discontent

    published September 20, 2001

    In the annals of social change, Alma Schindler is strictly small potatoes, and Bruce Beresford's new biopic, Bride of the Wind,... More >>

  • A Glitch in Time

    published September 13, 2001

    The beautiful little conceit at the heart of Brad Anderson's Happy Accidents is that audiences will sit still once more for the... More >>

  • Covering the Bases

    published September 13, 2001

    Faced with yet another sports movie in which a group of lovably troubled kids triumphs over adversity, it's easier to scoff and grumble than... More >>

  • Allen Town

    published August 23, 2001

    Woody Allen's latest romp through Old New York combines (among other things) a skirt-chasing insurance investigator with the charm of a... More >>

  • Ship of Fools

    published August 16, 2001

    The social lessons of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, all of them suitable for framing in just about any dorm room, are these: War... More >>

  • Gangster Crap

    published August 2, 2001

    When last we spotted indie icons Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau onscreen together, they were knocking back fruit-flavored martinis and chasing... More >>

  • Survivors

    published July 26, 2001

    If there's any justice in moviedom, this summer's feel-good hit will be an unassuming Dutch comedy called Everybody's... More >>

  • The Unforgotten

    published July 12, 2001

    In the movies, dead husbands and dearly departed boyfriends have an irksome habit of revisiting the women who once loved them--usually at... More >>

  • Nurse Sissi

    published July 5, 2001

    The German filmmaker Tom Tykwer has a gift for fusing psychological complexity and crackling plot without forsaking the excitements of either.... More >>

  • A Knight's Tale

    published June 14, 2001

    The crimes Hollywood has committed against the major Russian novelists would themselves fill a pretty hefty tome. While reducing giants such... More >>

  • Adam's Antics

    published May 17, 2001

    Irish. Sex. Farce. These are not three words you see snuggled up together very often. Given the ironclad no-no's of the Catholic church, the... More >>

  • A Sound Sleep

    published March 22, 2001

    In David Maquiling's quirky little first feature, Too Much Sleep, a rudderless 24-year-old who lives at home with his mother and... More >>

  • Ménage quatre

    published March 15, 2001

    The heroine of Andrucha Waddington's Me, You, Them is a force of nature who holds men in her thrall and deftly reshapes them to... More >>

  • Broad Strokes

    published March 8, 2001

    Van Gogh was a lunatic who cut off his ear. Picasso was a self-absorbed cur who abused women. Warhol turned out to be a weird, desperate... More >>

  • The X Factor

    published February 1, 2001

    With the canon of Jane Austen all but exhausted, literary filmmakers continue their assault on Edith Wharton, another sharply observant writer of... More >>

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