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The International Writers Magazine
: REVIEW ARCHIVE 1999-2003
1999-2003 Fiction and Film review archive

2003
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Dan Schnieder Review
My Life Without Me
Dir Isabel Coixet


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Erin Burns review
Matrix Revolutions
review
Belleville Rendezvous
(Triplets of Belleville in USA)
Underworld &
Once Upon a Time In Mexico

Le DIVORCE - A James Ivory Film
Kevin Costner's OPEN RANGE
Jeffrey Beyl Review
La COMUNIDAD
An Alex de La Iglesia film
(Brilliant and hilarious)
WHALE RIDER
Directed by Niki Caro
THE SHAPE OF THINGS
Neil LaBute - Review by Alex Grant
THE MATRIX RELOADED
The Wachiwski Brothers
LAUREL CANYON
Dir. Lisa Cholodenko
IDENTITY
James Mangold's horror flick
CONFIDENCE
James Foley's trickster movie

TAKING THE FIFTH
Why Cinema is still relevant
Left Behind 2
Rev Antiono Hernandez reviews this anti-semitic film
Flower & Garnet

A wonderful BC film directed by Keith Behrman

THE CORE
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
- Alex Grant
BASIC
A John McTiernan movie starring John Travolta
The Good Thief
Dir: Neil Jordan

WorldFest Houston Film 2002

The Hunted
Alex Grant
Gangs of New York, The Two Towers-
Evelyn and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,
Narc

Alex Grant
The Hours
The Golden Globe Winner
Gangs of New York
James Campion on the' birthing of history
'.
Final Destination 2
Alex Grant on the teen horror flick
The Quiet American
Alex Grant on the Graham Green adaptation
Oscar Nomination 2003
Alex Grant regrets
The Life of David Gale and Dark Blue
State & Main
Mirko Stopar
Pursued
Mirko Stopar
Written On The Wind

Mirko Stopar on Douglas Sirk
Femme Fatale ( DVD)
Mirko Stopar

2003
Coalescent by Stephen Baxter
The struggle to survive as the lights go out in a disintegrating Romano Britain
Early From The Dance
David Payne- love & tragedy in the Carolinas
At The Villa Of Reduced Circumstances
Alexander McCall Smith
Shopping For Antiques and Collectables: Singapore and Malaysia '03/04 - J Kaul
Ashes by Kenzo Kitakata
Charlie Dickenson reviews a dark Yakuza thriller
Socionomics: The Wave Principle of Human Social Behaviour and Pioneering Studies in Socionomics
Robert R Prechter Jr
Welcome to Paradise
Mahi Binebine
A Charlie Dickinson Review of fateful tale of illegal immigrants from Africa to Spain
The Truth Seeker
Rod Bradford on Vice v Freedom
Candy by Mian Mian
Charlie Dickinson - drugs and rock n'roll in China

Fear Itself
Walter Mosely
A Body To Die For
Kate White
Still Life With Crows
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Fallen Idols
J.F. Freedman

Redemption by Nancy Geary
Marcel D'Agneau review

The Anniversary
Amy Gutman thriller

The Kalahari Typing School For Men
Alexander McCall Smith

No.1 Ladies Detective Agency and Tears of a Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith - Review by John Lewell
The Lake House by James Patterson
Alex Grant review
The Protector by David Morrell
New non-stop action by author of First Blood
Alex Grant review
The Last Good Day by Peter Blauner
Alex Grant review

The Rules of Silence by David Lindsey
Alex Grant review

Brad Barkely's Alison's Automotive Repair Manual
Review by Charlie Dickinson

'a well-conceived fictional exploration of grief'
The Blue Edge of Midnight
Johnathon King
- Alex Grant review
Looking For Spinoza by Antonio Damasio
A Charlie Dickinson Review
The Dead Sit Round in A Ring
by David Lawrence
Land of the Living
Nicci French
No Good Deed
Manda Scott

The Buzzing by Jim Knipfel
A Charlie Dickinson Review

December 6th
Martin Cruz Smith novel about Pearl Harbor
Dean Ruetzler review


Soul Circus- George Pelecanos -Alex Grant review
Heaven's Edge
Romesh Gunesekera- Charlie Dickinson review

Memoirs of A Geisha
Dean H Ruetzler reviews Arthur Golden's book

City of Bones by Michael Connelly
Alex Grant Review
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
Review by Sam North

Everybody's Somebody's Fool by Ed Gorman
Alex Grant Review

The Discrete Charm of Charlie Monk
by David Ambrose

1421 Gavin Menzies- Bantam Press
Elmore Leonard's
'When the Women Come Out To Dance'

Alex Grant review
Captain Outrageous
Alex Grant reviews Joe Lansdale's new novel

Russian Experiences by The Raven
Denise M Clark

Steffi's Club
D.A. Blyler's wild romp in the Czech Republic
Richard Oleska review

MobTown & A Viking Funeral
Alex Grant reviews two new crime mysteries

'Lost Light' by Michael Connelley
Alex Grant review

The Guru of Love
Samrat Upadhyay- Charlie Dickinson Review

Ian Rankin's Ressurection Men
Alex Grant review of the new Inspector Rebus
Ken Follet's Hornet Flight
Alex Grant

Chuck Barris Autobiography
Rev Antonio Hernandez
Small Town by Lawrence Block
Alex Grant reviews this new erotic tale

2002
Rabbit Proof Fence
Philip Noyce film about abducted children in Australia is tale of courage and shame.
The Royal Tenenbaums

Royal Tenenbaums is clever and witty, each performance is eccentric and alive with promise
K-PAX - Starring Kevin Spacey
Star Wars Attack of the Giggles
Rev Antonio Hernández
on STAR WARS Pt 2 a cartoon Yoda, an angel-dusted Kermit.'

Minority Report
A new film by Steven Spielberg
The Road to PERDITION and other summer movies

Sam Mendes
Signs and Full Frontal
Disappointing Signs

Bloodwork

'Blood Work is both casual and classic, akin to the astutely pared-down films of both Howard Hawks and Sam Fuller'.
Possession- Neil LaBute
Sunshine State-John Sayles
One Hour Photo
Robin Williams in a chillingly compulsive style
Michael Apted’s Enigma
Enigma is the high point of Michael Apted’s career
City By the Sea
De Niro in gritty Cop Drama
Walter Hill’s 'Undisputed'
Violent Boxing Drama
Barbershop
Funny romantic comedy

The Banger Sisters
Review by Stewart Clayton
Four Feathers
Alex Grant Review
Dragonflies [Norway, 2002]
Alex Grant Review
Spider
David Cronenberg's new minimalist horror film
Chinese Odyssey Dir. Jeffrey Lau
A hilarious slapstick spoof of Crouching Tiger

Red Dragon
Unnecessary remake says Alex Grant
Between Strangers
Sam North reviews Edoardo Ponti's first film
Igby Goes Down
Writer/Director Burr Steer

a clever and refreshing black comedy
Demonlover
Alex Grant reviews Olivier Assayas S&M movie
Abandon - all hope if you see this movie
Heaven

An evocative totally stylized thriller
Steven Becks' 'Ghost Ship'
Halloween schlock

"I SPY"
A monstrously inept, perfunctory and flaccid "comeback"

Roger Dodger
Dylan Kidd's satiric movie debut

Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale
Tight Thriller from De Palma
AutoFocus
Paul Schrader Bio Pic about Bob Crane
Emperor's Club -A Kevin Kline movie
Hoary old chesnut

We award the 2002 Beasties Awards

2002
The Death of Sweet Mister
Daniel Woodrell

'Don't be a puss. It's just the jitters nipin' at you, fat boy.

Chasing Rainbows in Chennai
Review of Colin Todhunter's travel book by Heather Neal

A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Austere Academy-Book the Fifth
Lemony Snicket - Illustrated by Brett Helquist
An Egmont Book

after the quake -
Haruki Murakami
The Harvill Press

Murakami from the ruins of Kobe.
after the quake- alt review US edition
Charlie Dickinson on Murakami's latest

Freddy the Very Adventurous Ferry
A 3-5 children's book by Rozy Abra
Illustrated by Andre Ellis

Sparrow Nights by David Gilmour
Review Charles Dickinson

'The story builds to a stunner of a climax...'
Counterpoint, 2002
Bill James Crime Novelist Extraordinaire
Review by Alex Grant

In Pursuit of a Proper Sinner
Review by Alex Grant
A Traitor to Memory
Elizabeth George new mystery
A Small Death in Lisbon
Review by Alex Grant
British Crime Wave - WOMEN AUTHORS
Alex Grant reads the latest murder mysteries

BEYOND ILLUSIONS by Duong Thu H

Review Charlie Dickenson

...art becomes politics, once politics corrupts art
Thomson's New Dictionary of Film (2002)
Review by Alex Grant

Patrick O'Brian
The Master Seafaring Novelist stories to be filmed starring Russel Crowe
Graham Hurley's 'The Take'
and other crime novels

Michael Connelly's 'Chasing the Dime'
Too much haste - a waste
Six New Crime Novels
Alex Grant on the crime fiction beat
...hacks who lack conviction

December 6th
Martin Cruz Smith's new Pearl Harbour Thriller

David Quinlan's- Directors
Essential reading?

To Shill a Mockingbird
Augusta Trobaugh's 'Sophie &The Rising Sun'
A Third Eye
Bio of Sam Fuller
Reversible Errors
Scott Turows new legal thriller

Philip Kerr’s 'Dark Matter'

The Private Life of Sir Issac Newton
'
Born Twice -
Giuseppe Pontiggia
Review Charlie Dickinson

Three Dead White Males
Get Pulp Fiction at ABC
Books Vancouver

2001
SERENDIPITY

Steven Speilberg

CRIMSON RIVERS - FRENCH CINEMA
TITAN A.E.
CHINESE INFLUENCES IN FILM
WHAT ABOUT ADAM?
VERY ANNIE MARY
PEARL HARBOUR
PEARL TAKE 2
GIRL ON THE BRIDGE
MAGNOLIA
SHREK
NURSE BETTY
FINAL FANTASY
THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER
APES: PLANET OF
TEARS OF THE BLACK TIGER
AMELIE Jean Pierre Jeunot
THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE - Coen Brothers
O BROTHER WHERE ARE THOU?
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE
GHOST WORLD
THE HEIST - David Mamet
THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT HARRY
Oliver Moor on Pottermania
MONSTERS and OCEANS ELEVEN
Which is the cartoon?
ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN
(Director: Karl Francis, Starring: Jeff Goldblum,

Jess Wynne is gripped by McCathyism

Music--
THE AVALANCHES
Jim Johnson sees a landslide victory to Australian dance music
A NORTHERN SYMPHONY

Oliver Moor loses himself in the sounds of not-so-Madchester
BASEMENT JAXX
Jim Johnson blows hot about the new Basement Jaxx CD
Anni DiFranco

Jess Wynn - Maverick or Mercenary?

Plus interview with the diva herself
Dan Bern
James Campion talks to the American songwriter
Led Zepplin Redux
Jeffery Beyl reviews the new DVD release
Along Came The Doors
Jeffrey Beyl


NORWEGIAN WOOD - HARUKI MURAKAMI
SPUTNIK SWEETHEART- HARUKI MURAKAMI
HORSE HEAVEN- JANE SMILEY
NORTHERN LIGHTS - PHILIP PULLMAN
RISING SUN- DOUGLAS GALBRAITH
GHOSTWRITTEN- DAVID MITCHELL
IMPROVISING CARLA - JOANNA HINES
BIRDSUIT - No9
THE HOTTEST STATE - ETHAN HAWKE
WINCHESTER WRITERS FESTIVAL
LAST JET ENGINE LAUGH- RUCHIR JOSHE
ALL FAMILIES ARE PSYCHOTIC
DOUGLAS COUPLAND
FUTURES - PETER CROWTHER
WHERE WERE YOU ROBERT?
Hans Magnus ENZENSBERGER
A BAD BEGINNING
A series of unfortunate events
Lemony SNICKETand Brett HELQUIST
THE YAKOTA OFFICER'S CLUB
Sara Bird - Review LUCIANA LOPEZ
number9dream -DAVID MITCHELL


Eco Domes
ARMADILLOS IN EDEN
Hazel Marshall on Cornwall's Eden Project



FAIRYTALE REVISION
Hazel Marshall on Sleeping Beauty

FIRST ASSIGNMENT
James Skinner at the World
Tunafish Congerence in Vigo
The 2002 PNE in Vancouver

Andy Warhol at 'Work & Play' Vermont 2003
Mark Awodey review

Dale Chihuly
The Emperor of Seattle



Art 2001-2002
ROBERT COOPER - ARTISTS AND THEIR ART
BALTHUS
Beauty and Innocence?

ANDREAS GURSKY
Photographing the commonplace
ROBERT COOPER
The 2001 TURNER PRIZE
Robert Cooper
'ART- NOT CHANCE' Andy Coote
TRASH N' TATE
Helen Weston Review of Trash at the Tate Modern
Gallery 83 - Vancouver -
Review by Jenny Brown

THEATRE
SYLVIA PATH - LETTERS HOME
LULU
CHITTY-CHITTY BANG BANG on London stage
STILL LIFE
Barry Dunstall reviews MadameTussauds N.Y.
Review of SUPERNOVA NINA and ROAD
SweetSista'Shorts at the Carousel Theatre

WEST SIDE STORY -Stanley Theatre

TOMORROWS WORLD LIVE
Nathan Davies was there

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