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2003 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • A Peak Achievement

    published December 25, 2003

    Anthony Minghella's magnificent film version of the Civil War epic Cold Mountain has much more going for it than Hollywood grandeur.... More >>

  • House of Pain

    published December 25, 2003

    The dispute at the heart of House of Sand and Fog concerns the occupancy of a rundown little bungalow near the northern California... More >>

  • White Dork Down

    published December 4, 2003

    In his career as a Hollywood action figure, Tom Cruise has been dressed in some pretty hip outfits -- a macho fighter pilot's sleek leather... More >>

  • Elephant, Man

    published November 20, 2003

    The spooky beauty of Elephant, Gus Van Sant's strange take on the Columbine massacre, arises not from the shock of sudden violence... More >>

  • Muck, Raked

    published November 20, 2003

    In the annals of fraud and fakery, a discredited ex-magazine reporter named Stephen Glass will likely wind up a mere footnote. The people who... More >>

  • Tuscan Raider

    published September 25, 2003

    The dumbed-down movie version of Frances Mayes's best-selling travel memoir Under the Tuscan Sun is a virtual case study of... More >>

  • Give Fighting a Chance

    published September 18, 2003

    Tidy little Montecarlo, Georgia, which is the setting for Jonathan Lynn's The Fighting Temptations, is a perfect movie fantasy town.... More >>

  • Habitat for Inhumanity

    published August 21, 2003

    The last thing the Roman Catholic Church needs at this point is another exposé of its misdeeds. The shock of the pedophilia scandals and of... More >>

  • Romancing the Drone

    published July 31, 2003

    From the lofty American vantage point, Mexico's New Wave filmmakers have materialized like magic, the unexpected fruit of a renaissance that even... More >>

  • Bum Deal

    published July 17, 2003

    So much for those crackpot theories about flighty teenagers and their short attention spans. For four long years now the bland pop star Mandy... More >>

  • Sweet 'N' Sour

    published June 19, 2003

    The hero of Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen is an isolated teenager mired in a gray Scottish slum with only a vague dream of family life... More >>

  • Touch of the Poet

    published May 29, 2003

    The budding teenage poet in Karen Moncrieff's Blue Car writes melancholy verse about autumn leaves falling off trees and fathers... More >>

  • Impossible Dreamer

    published April 17, 2003

    Filmmaker Terry Gilliam is no stranger to fiasco. After all, this is the human dynamo who saw 1989's inventive (if sometimes incoherent) The... More >>

  • Family Value

    published April 3, 2003

    Where in hell does all this stuff come from? That's a question constantly posed by readers, moviegoers, and half-soused nightclub... More >>

  • A Horrible Mind

    published March 27, 2003

    Director David Cronenberg has led his loyal fans down some pretty spooky corridors, including the telepathic netherworld of Scanners, the... More >>

  • Quiet Strength

    published February 6, 2003

    While virtually no one in this country foresaw the American disaster in Vietnam, the late British writer Graham Greene glimpsed it with... More >>

  • Mind Games

    published January 23, 2003

    Compiled in the cold light of day, the sum of Chuck Barris's contributions to American culture are the top 40 ditty "Palisades Park," which he... More >>

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