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2005 Stories by Ben Kenigsberg

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  • Vanity Fare

    published November 22, 2005

    In the spirit of holiday community, this week brings two tales of transformative bonds between adults and children—both issue movies that... More >>

  • 'Exist: Not a Protest Film'

    published November 22, 2005

    Another alleged riff on Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool—following last summer's confused if not un- interesting RNC document This... More >>

  • 'My Big Fat Independent Movie'

    published November 15, 2005

    The best parodies are fueled as much by affection as by jest—Mel Brooks even went so far as to dedicate High Anxiety to Hitchcock. But... More >>

  • Tracking Shots

    published November 8, 2005

    An outsider's take on a literal insider's view, Italian director Saverio Costanzo's to-all-appearances authentic Private—filmed in... More >>

  • 'Chicken Little'

    published November 1, 2005

    In its first computer-animated feature without Pixar, Disney shirks the wit of Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. in favor of the... More >>

  • 'Brooklyn Lobster'

    published October 25, 2005

    Despite that curious "Martin Scorsese presents" credit, Brooklyn Lobster is almost entirely home cooked: a movie inspired by the story of a... More >>

  • Reconstructing Woody: Inverted Dynamics Yield Mixed Results

    published October 18, 2005

    No, it's not a prequel to last year's vertiginous Sundance prizewinner. In his sophomore feature, Ben Younger (Boiler Room) attempts to... More >>

  • 'Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story'

    published October 11, 2005

    It's about a quick-footed horse, but Dreamer's only feat is winding up slower than Seabiscuit. Adults will be restless as stabled... More >>

  • 'Emmanuel's Gift'

    published October 11, 2005

    In July 2002, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah biked 600 kilometers across Ghana—an achievement for anyone, but especially so for a man born with only... More >>

  • 'Innocent Voices'

    published October 4, 2005

    Based on the experiences of co-writer Oscar Torres, Innocent Voices is personal in the most limiting sense: a memoir of war-torn El... More >>

  • Shave Anything

    published October 4, 2005

    "There's a difference between a failure and a fiasco," shoe designer Drew (Orlando Bloom) says in Elizabethtown—a difference... More >>

  • 'Two for the Money'

    published September 27, 2005

    Having already directed Val Kilmer in a psychedelic drug flick ( The Salton Sea), D.J. Caruso again steals a few moves from Oliver Stone's... More >>

  • Cheetahs Never Prosper in a Disappointingly Flat Family Flick

    published September 20, 2005

    Advance word pegged the cheetah-and-boy saga Duma as a classic that Warner Bros. wouldn't allow to run free. It's tempting to champion the... More >>

  • 'Man' Overbored: Dumb Buddy-Cop Flick a Dreary Rehash

    published August 30, 2005

    "It's a tasty burger," federal agent Derrick Vann (Samuel L. Jackson) tells visiting dental supply salesman Andy Fiddler (Eugene Levy), shortly... More >>

  • 'Steal Me'

    published August 30, 2005

    Whether it's the guitar-strum soundtrack, "lyrical" cornfield shots, or arrhythmic performances, Steal Me has at least one indie-film... More >>

  • '9/11/03: A Day in the Life of New York'

    published August 23, 2005

    Ostensibly a grave reckoning with the way we live now, 9/11/03 is mostly excerpts of a dinner NYU president John Sexton hosted on the... More >>

  • 'Eternal'

    published August 16, 2005

    "It is a study of the psychopathologies of perversions," co-director Federico Sanchez says in the press notes for Eternal, which is... More >>

  • 'This Divided State'

    published August 9, 2005

    As more than one interviewee in This Divided State points out, Mormons—who need receptive audiences for their mission... More >>

  • 'Pretty Persuasion'

    published August 2, 2005

    A high school send-up more gleefully incorrect than Heathers and considerably less articulate than Election, Pretty... More >>

  • 'My Date With Drew'

    published July 26, 2005

    Roger & Me not only opened doors for a new, more raffish school of populist muckrakers but also suggested a novel approach for young... More >>

  • Infinite Jest: Countless Variations on a Classic Naughty Joke

    published July 19, 2005

    Going deep inside the improvisers' studio, The Aristocrats examines the timeless appeal of a notorious vaudeville joke—a kind of... More >>

  • Revolution number two: Medium remake misses the message

    published June 21, 2005

    Mud sometimes gives the illusion of depth," Marshall McLuhan claimed, a statement that might well apply to This Revolution, a clever but... More >>

  • 'The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D'

    published May 31, 2005

    Touting Sin City at Cannes, Robert Rodriguez claimed that small budgets accord him greater creative freedom. Maybe so. But most directors... More >>

  • Brooklyn International Film Festival

    published May 24, 2005

    The Brooklyn International Film Festival aims to popularize its borough as a refuge for cinephiles and to provide a safe haven for the latest in... More >>

  • 'Deep Blue'

    published May 24, 2005

    Convinced that the life aquatic holds infinite aesthetic potential, this British doc has all the characteristics of an oceanographic... More >>

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