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2006 Stories by Jim Ridley

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  • Taking the Long View

    published December 28, 2006

    A car speeds down a forest road, only to be surrounded in an instant by armed crazies who materialize from the nearby woods. In the visual grammar... More >>

  • Anchor, Man?

    published November 9, 2006

    Once an actor gets big enough to take whatever kind of role he wants, it makes sense that the biggest stretch imaginable, given his current... More >>

  • Small Talk

    published November 2, 2006

    Time perhaps scrambling it's for Alejandro González Iñárritu to stop his narratives. After making an exciting debut in 2000... More >>

  • Slithering Heights

    published August 17, 2006

    Snakes on a Plane represents the ideal of contemporary major-studio filmmaking--which is to say, major-studio marketing. Who needs... More >>

  • Ain't No Sunshine

    published August 10, 2006

    Like the shambling VW van its hapless characters steer from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach, Little Miss Sunshine is a rickety vehicle... More >>

  • Absolutely Fabulist

    published August 3, 2006

    What's the difference between a good liar and a good storyteller? The answer, or the lack of an answer, is a mystery at the heart of The Night... More >>

  • All-Day Suckers

    published July 13, 2006

    Perhaps no one can pinpoint the exact moment vaudeville died, but there's a moment early in Strangers with Candy where you'd swear... More >>

  • The Citizen Kane of Crap

    published June 29, 2006

    The Devil's Sword (Mondo Macabro) Few trash movies live up to their reputation, but here's a balls-out wonder that... More >>

  • Bring in the Trash

    published June 15, 2006

    Valley of the Dolls Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Fox) Behold The Godfather and Godfather Part II of drag-queen cinema... More >>

  • Ford Tough

    published June 8, 2006

    The John Wayne/John Ford Film Collection (Warner Bros.) Featuring the most epic pairing of director and actor in Hollywood history,... More >>

  • Letter Perfect

    published April 27, 2006

    Every year, when ESPN broadcasts the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a tiny flutter of hope rises in anyone who cherishes the life of the mind.... More >>

  • Being Bettie

    published April 20, 2006

    If you can tell a society by its smut, America in the 1950s couldn't have been just a Frigidaire of repressive hysteria. Hidden somewhere in the... More >>

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