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2008 Stories by Jim Ridley

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  • Critical Mass: The Best Movies of 2008

    published December 25, 2008

    Is it a sign of the apocalypse? Something in the water? Or is it just the way the wind is blowing?Whatever the case, when our... More >>

  • The Sound of One Audience Member Clapping

    published December 25, 2008

    Michael Jacobs, a filmmaker based in San Francisco, is the director of a movie called Audience of One. It's a documentary about a... More >>

  • Towering Cinema

    published August 7, 2008

    Even as the first girders were laid in the mid-1960s, something about the World Trade Center—that twin-pronged erection jutting from the... More >>

  • Beyond Gonzo

    published July 3, 2008

    "In a nation of frightened dullards, there is always a sorry shortage of outlaws, and those few who make the grade are always welcome." So... More >>

  • Violence Is Golden

    published June 26, 2008

    Of the summer's many revenge-of-the-nerd fulfillment fantasies—from The Incredible Hulk all the way down the megaplex food chain... More >>

  • Empire Strikes Back

    published June 19, 2008

    You want a history lesson? Take a class. You want clanging swords, sneering villains, storybook romance and bloody vengeance? Here's a brawny,... More >>

  • One Bad Mother

    published June 19, 2008

    A topsy-turvy Escherland exists where Dario Argento's The Mother of Tears is considered a twisted classic, and it is a magical... More >>

  • The Way You Make Me Feel

    published May 22, 2008

    A man in a Michael Jackson outfit—red shirt, black jeans, white face mask—rides hunched over the tiny frame of a clown bike.... More >>

  • New Blood

    published May 8, 2008

    No adult has ever been able to codify what separates a good movie from a classic. In kid terms, though—those favored by Son of... More >>

  • The Games People Play

    published March 13, 2008

    For the crime of obliterating high culture, for the crime of getting off on vicarious degradation—and, above all, for the crime of... More >>

  • Chafing Dishes

    published February 14, 2008

    No Reservations (Warner Bros.) From its cheap, mid-'90s-looking package to its woefully scant extras (one... More >>

  • Donkey Punch

    published January 31, 2008

    The King of Kong (New Line) Seth Gordon's best-of-2007 documentary about the battle for Donkey Kong supremacy remains a... More >>

  • Hard Knock, Creepy Life in The Orphanage

    published January 10, 2008

    Having a child destroys your immunity to horror, real or imagined. Before the blessed event, you could laugh off The Exorcist, The... More >>

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