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2005 Stories by Akiva Gottlieb

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  • 'The Ringer'

    published December 20, 2005

    Perpetually toeing the line that divides hilariously poor taste from forced humanitarian concern, the brothers Farrelly are now caught in a... More >>

  • Fantasy Baseball

    published November 1, 2005

    In a year full of pained semi-admissions of pharmacological tomfoolery, fans of Major League Baseball also heard this testimony: "Therapy is an... More >>

  • 'The Comedians of Comedy'

    published November 1, 2005

    Aiming to provide Soundgarden-level alternative comedy at indie-rock prices, stumpy psycho-liberal Patton Oswalt hitched three fellow comics to an... More >>

  • Wild life: Nuanced Adoption Drama Runs at Turtle's Pace

    published October 4, 2005

    Let's compare the titular wildlife metaphors of this year's two Sundance-tested, North Carolina—based dramas about plain-looking folks and... More >>

  • 'Going Shopping'

    published September 20, 2005

    I'm a rugby-playing, Maxim-subscribing, Motorhead-obsessed dude, but I know a hideous floral-print dress when I see one. The Santa Monica... More >>

  • 'Loudmouth Soup'

    published September 13, 2005

    This micro-budget amateur-acting exercise plays like The Anniversary Party without the frisson of marquee performers behaving badly. We get... More >>

  • Gender Politics and Loud Metaphors in '80s Israel

    published August 30, 2005

    For the right-wing Jerusalemites of this wannabe incendiary period drama, to settle is to settle is to settle. In the Israel-circa-1981 equivalent... More >>

  • 'Formula 17'

    published August 16, 2005

    Not a prequel to the Samuel L. Jackson/Meat Loaf barnstormer Formula 51, nor a salacious behind-the-scenes doc exposing the secret behind... More >>

  • 'Valiant'

    published August 9, 2005

    Sublimating the horrors of World War II into patriotic, action-packed children's entertainment should be grounds for a court-martial, but I'll let... More >>

  • 'King of the Corner'

    published August 9, 2005

    What could be more mundane than a midlife crisis? For Leo Spivak (Peter Riegert), there's no deadpan road trip to mend the broken flowers of his... More >>

  • 'Just One Look'

    published July 19, 2005

    A paean to cinephilia that might goad viewers into questioning the value of film itself, Riley Ip's dishwater-dull period melodrama adopts the... More >>

  • Ch-ch-ch-changes

    published June 21, 2005

    Literal metamorphosis or formalist trickery? Whatever your take, the narrative bifurcations of Blissfully Yours and Tropical Malady... More >>

  • Film

    published March 1, 2005

    "In spite of The Beatles," reads the introductory title card, "one man keeps the faith." Any music-minded film that treats the Fab Four as... More >>

  • Film

    published February 1, 2005

    As progenitor of cult phenoms Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens, the Disney Channel has set new standards for programming that's hip, subversive,... More >>

  • Film

    published January 25, 2005

    Saddled with a ham-fistedly literal title and copious aesthetic ineptitude (asymmetrical split screen, risible freeze-frames, anachronistic techno... More >>

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