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Stuart Klawans

Film Critic

Winner of the National Magazine Award for his film reviews for The Nation, Stuart Klawans is author of the books Film Follies: The Cinema Out of Order (a finalist for the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Awards) and Left in the Dark: Film Reviews and Essays, 1988-2001. When not on deadline for The Nation, he contributes articles to The New York Times, Parnassus: Poetry in Review and other publications.

  • Film September 7, 2000

    Rock in a Hard Place

    Blessed with a pitch-perfect name for his métier, Lester Bangs wrote on the subject of rock music--writing, for him, being a matter of slamming two nouns together so their heads rang, an

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film August 24, 2000

    ‘The Ultimate Bad Review’

    If our political parties insist on producing bad show business, then the least we should demand is that Hollywood make good movies.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film July 13, 2000

    The Flounder

    Long before I'd gone to a theater and lashed myself to a seat, I formed two expectations about The Perfect Storm.

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  • Film June 29, 2000

    Smart and Smarter

    In Me, Myself & Irene, Jim Carrey bullies a series of small children, gets into senseless fights (on the grounds that "he started it") and reverts hungrily to breast-feeding.

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  • Film June 22, 2000

    Columbo This Isn’t

    The first thing I need to explain about Bruno Dumont's Humanité shouldn't have to be said at all. It's that the film is not a whodunit.

    Stuart Klawans

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  • Film June 15, 2000

    Tea Time

    Everyone knows you can't film Remembrance of Things Past, so Raúl Ruiz did it.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film June 1, 2000

    To Catch a Thief

    As Woody Allen awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into Jackie Gleason.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film May 11, 2000

    Village Idiots, Then & Now

    To watch Lars von Trier's The Idiots is to see a dead dog rise and howl at the moon.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film May 3, 2000

    Circus Minimus

    According to Gibbon, the emperor Commodus spent the early years of his reign "in a seraglio of three hundred beautiful women and as many boys, of every rank and of every province." Later, adding

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  • Film April 27, 2000

    On Tyson vs. Downey

    I was watching Mike Tyson knock Robert Downey Jr. to the floor when the thought popped into my head, "Is this what I want from a movie?" It was a pressing question.

    Stuart Klawans