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2000 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • Klieg Lights in Vermont

    published December 21, 2000

    Playwright-filmmaker David Mamet has the sharpest gift imaginable for shooting down the sins of American greed, the con games people run to get... More >>

  • K2 Why?

    published December 7, 2000

    About halfway through the megabudget mountain-climbing adventure Vertical Limit, even the most rugged, thrill-hungry disaster-movie fans... More >>

  • Kurd Mentality

    published November 16, 2000

    The stark simplicity of A Time for Drunken Horses, one of the few films that has slipped out of postrevolutionary Iran to the West, does... More >>

  • Spanking the Junkie

    published November 9, 2000

    The soon-to-be-talked-about sensations in Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream include three or four flashing, near-subliminal montages... More >>

  • Grime and Punishment

    published October 26, 2000

    Any moviemaker who ventures into the sewers of New York City corruption will find Sidney Lumet's wet footprints. In classics like The... More >>

  • On Pointe

    published October 19, 2000

    The setting of Stephen Daldry's uplifting comedy Billy Elliot, which is about a working-class boy who wants to be a ballet dancer, is a... More >>

  • Bye Bye Brazil

    published September 21, 2000

    Some may find reason to embrace the romantic comedy Woman on Top as the nonsensical but sweet-tempered fantasy of two South American... More >>

  • Standout Standup

    published August 17, 2000

    As any Klump family member can tell you, this has been a hot summer for black comedians. Movies starring Martin Lawrence, the Wayans brothers and... More >>

  • Spliff Competition

    published August 17, 2000

    Irish charm and British eccentricity are hot properties on this side of the pond -- especially among U.S. moviegoers. Witness the phenomenal... More >>

  • Strange Bud Fellows

    published August 3, 2000

    The bewildering penchant of recent American movies for glorifying the lovable naïf, the perpetual adolescent and the village idiot takes a... More >>

  • Fallen Idyll

    published July 13, 2000

    For most Americans, the social and political issues underlying José Luis Cuerda's Butterfly seem remote at best. The tensions... More >>

  • The Ravers' Edge

    published June 29, 2000

    It has taken moviemakers and, more crucially, foot-dragging movie investors almost a decade to catch up with rave culture -- the heady mix of... More >>

  • Bawdy Double

    published June 22, 2000

    In the new Jim Carrey farce, Me, Myself & Irene, the rubber-faced comedian plays a meek Rhode Island state trooper named Charlie whose... More >>

  • American Gotham

    published April 20, 2000

    In the rich mythology of the New Yorker, a periodical renowned for the quality of its writing and the quirks of its writers, no legend... More >>

  • Organ Grinder

    published April 13, 2000

    What's your pick for the most ridiculous movie ever made? The Conqueror, starring John Wayne as Mongol emperor Genghis Khan? How about... More >>

  • Faith Lift

    published February 17, 2000

    Film director Agnieszka Holland is the daughter of a Jewish father and a Catholic mother, but she was raised in communist Poland in an atmosphere... More >>

  • From Schlubs to Sharks

    published February 17, 2000

    Twenty-seven-year-old Ben Younger delivers the message of his first feature, Boiler Room, with all the subtlety of a car bomb. To wit:... More >>

  • Wanna-be in Pictures

    published January 20, 2000

    The world's demand for minimally talented 30-year-old high school dropouts who believe they're great poets or great musicians or great movie... More >>

  • The Blizzard of Ooze

    published January 13, 2000

    It's likely that many of the readers who bought four million copies, in at least 30 languages, of David Guterson's 1995 best-seller Snow... More >>

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