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2006 Stories by Michael Atkinson

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  • Life Is Sweet

    published October 5, 2006

    Moving and ambitious in scale like nothing else in cinema, Michael Apted's Up films began in 1964 as a BBC news program exploring an old... More >>

  • Populist Mechanics

    published September 21, 2006

    According to its publicity, bringing Robert Penn Warren's 1946 novel All the King's Men to the screen again has always been "a... More >>

  • Panic Womb

    published September 7, 2006

    A number of pregnant mysteries arise with the new remake of Robin Hardy's 1973 cult-remembered genre work--namely, what's in this kind of malarkey... More >>

  • About a Boi

    published August 24, 2006

    One of the weakest and most ridiculous aspects of popular culture is its narcissistic now-ness. There's often no then or later, and without past... More >>

  • All Wet

    published July 20, 2006

    It would be a mighty sweet thing to see M. Night Shyamalan as the great redemptive storyteller he clearly thinks he is--or as he portrays himself... More >>

  • Girl Trouble

    published June 29, 2006

    By now, for masses of believers in mad Korean pulp as it has been epitomized by Park Chan-wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and... 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 >>

  • That Stinking Feeling

    published May 11, 2006

    Our anemic movie industry recycles so relentlessly that even our complaints about such plasticized repackaging comes off as recycled product of... More >>

  • Technicolor Yuan

    published May 4, 2006

    Coming closer even than Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers to resembling the Chinese cover art for an Iron Butterfly album, Chen Kaige's... More >>

  • Nouveau Noir

    published April 6, 2006

    Calling Rian Johnson's teen indie drama Brick a piece of stunt work might seem tantamount to hitting it with a pie, but it's a... More >>

  • Sans Quentin

    published April 6, 2006

    You may not yet have lost your ardor and respect for the pressure-point hammer blow Quentin Tarantino executed on American movies, but it's... More >>

  • Knockoff

    published April 6, 2006

    We've all done it--killed an afternoon drinking in a pleasantly grungy roadhouse somewhere, boozily enjoying the illusion of having fallen off the... More >>

  • Puff Piece

    published March 30, 2006

    "You want an easy job, go join the Red Cross," someone says well into Thank You for Smoking, a gleeful farce about capitalist... More >>

  • It's a Crime

    published March 23, 2006

    Given Inside Man's bullpen (director Spike Lee, stars Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster), moment in political history and... More >>

  • Look Away

    published March 9, 2006

    Anyone who remembers the 1977 Wes Craven film The Hills Have Eyes, which was and remains a piece of Milwaukee-beer shit, remembers... More >>

  • This Dogg's Got Bite

    published March 9, 2006

    The Tenants (Sony) Fifteen seconds into the video for "Nuthin but a G Thang," it was obvious that Snoop Dogg had charisma to spare.... More >>

  • Hard Ride

    published March 2, 2006

    Didn't Richard Donner retire? A 1980s star-director name, among many, that should now send bolts of discouraging dread down your spine, Richard... More >>

  • The Great Cash-In

    published March 2, 2006

    Walk the Line (Fox) No matter what a junkie does with his spare time -- say, redefine country music, or forge one of history's... More >>

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