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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 >>

  • Whole World in His Hands

    published November 23, 2006

    For progressives lifted, however temporarily, by the swell of a turning tide, Bobby can be seen clearly for what it is — an... More >>

  • Now Playing

    published November 16, 2006

    Cops-gone-wild movies and TV shows are the Angry White Guy counterpoint to thug-life melodramas: fantasies of abusing rather than seizing power,... 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 >>

  • The Harder They Come

    published October 5, 2006

    The sex is real in John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus; only the setting — an animated New York cityscape, benignly watched over... More >>

  • Now Playing

    published August 31, 2006

    Like the shambling VW van its hapless characters steer from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach, this antic extended sitcom from first-time feature... More >>

  • Slithering Heights

    published August 24, 2006

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

  • Now Playing

    published August 17, 2006

    As a consideration of the power of storytelling — and the urge to mythologize one's own life as well as the lives of others — The... More >>

  • Eating for Two

    published July 27, 2006

    Feed (TLA) Remember the old jokes about "What's grosser than gross"? The makers of Feed do, as they prove in the first... 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 when 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 surpasses... More >>

  • Now Playing

    published June 15, 2006

    For the twin offenses of being French and not starring Tom Cruise, District B13 — a fanboy mashup of John Carpenter's greatest hits... 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... 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... More >>

  • Being Bettie

    published May 25, 2006

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

  • Now Playing

    published May 4, 2006

    Doug Atchison's sweet-natured, immensely likable family film recasts the innate human drama of the spelling bee — captured memorably in the... More >>

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