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2004 Stories by Melissa Levine

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  • Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson

    published December 23, 2004

    What is it about older women and younger men this year? No fewer than five films -- The Door in the Floor, The Mother,... More >>

  • The Year in Queer

    published December 23, 2004

    The gay films of 2004 merit a solid fair to middling overall rating, with a couple of lovely exceptions. Chief among those was Miguel Albaladejo's... More >>

  • Love Letter to Alexander Payne

    published December 23, 2004

    Dear Alexander Payne: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: 1) You made Election and About Schmidt, two hilarious, probing... More >>

  • Wake Up, Spike Lee

    published December 23, 2004

    Dear Spike Lee: The opening words of Do the Right Thing, your 1989 breakout film, were these: "Wake up!" You wanted the world to awaken... More >>

  • Misdirected

    published December 16, 2004

    Bad Education, the new film by the flamboyant Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, opens on a man sitting at a table, poring over... More >>

  • Brave and Crazy

    published November 18, 2004

    Whatever else can be said about Tarnation -- and there is plenty to say -- there is no denying this: It is a very brave movie.... More >>

  • Sour Grapes

    published November 11, 2004

    When was the last time you saw Paul Giamatti? And when the film ended, did you realize how much you would miss him? It was just last year that... More >>

  • The Anton Newcombe Massacre

    published November 11, 2004

    I'm not for sale. I'm fucking love. I give it away." So says Anton Newcombe, the raging megalomaniac who heads the Brian Jonestown... More >>

  • Secrets and Lies

    published October 28, 2004

    How does Mike Leigh do it? The years pass; film fashions come and go; Hollywood churns its commercial pap. Careers sparkle; others fizz; whom the... More >>

  • Empty Sex

    published September 23, 2004

    The very best thing about A Dirty Shame, a giddy sex farce from John Waters, is the credits. What's not to love about a list of... More >>

  • Reese's Piece

    published September 2, 2004

    In Victorian England, 40,000 novels were published every year. Of the few that have endured, perhaps none is more worthy of a film adaptation than... More >>

  • Sa-Weet!

    published July 15, 2004

    It's charming. It's hilarious. It is perhaps the most beautifully crafted, lovingly rendered portrait of extreme geekitude ever to grace the... More >>

  • Crouching Forward, Hidden Goalie

    published July 15, 2004

    If you've seen a movie at a Landmark theater in the past year or so, you've probably enjoyed the trailer for Shaolin Soccer. Over a... More >>

  • Mother Courage

    published July 1, 2004

    The first exceptional drama of 2004 is here, and it only took, what, seven months? Perhaps unsurprisingly, The Mother comes from British writer... More >>

  • Weirdest Movie in the World

    published June 17, 2004

    Ah, the peculiar genius that is Guy Maddin. Who else but the morose Canadian director, born and raised in one of the coldest cities in the world,... More >>

  • The Passion for Christ

    published June 10, 2004

    Beware the exclamation point. When found at the end of a title, it almost inevitably signals a level of self-hype rarely justified by the content... More >>

  • Radio Free Haiti

    published April 29, 2004

    Every once in a while, you encounter a person who seems to have been born under an urgent, righteous star -- a person who is both a fiery activist... More >>

  • Prey to Pretense

    published April 8, 2004

    The most notable thing about The United States of Leland, a youth violence drama from writer-director Matthew Ryan Hoge, is its... More >>

  • The Wince and Me

    published April 1, 2004

    She's a premed farm girl intent on administering to the world's suffering children. He's a car-racing Danish prince looking to shed the burdens of... More >>

  • Sizzle? Fizzle

    published February 26, 2004

    This is not a good movie. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is, in fact, a bad movie. The script bleeds one cliché after another,... More >>

  • Rationality Will Not Save Us

    published February 12, 2004

    At the opening of The Fog of War, the brilliant new documentary from director Errol Morris, we see a composed, sharply groomed, and... More >>

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