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2007 Stories by Ed Gonzalez

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  • A Bloody Aria Is Bloody Awful

    published December 25, 2007

    Half as amusing as that viral video of a sheep scaring its peeps while wearing a Halloween mask, A Bloody Aria is also less incisive. Won... More >>

  • Outsider Art

    published November 20, 2007

    A kindred spirit of Luis Buñuel, with an inferior sense of humor but more palpable existential compulsions, Pier Paolo Pasolini perpetually... More >>

  • Be My Oswald

    published November 20, 2007

    An appalling mix of bird-brained satire, sub-protozoan thesping, and (non-)direction, Be My Oswald, about the attempted murder of Santa... More >>

  • Broken

    published September 25, 2007

    It's hard to say who suffers most after boy meets girl at the beach. Is it Hope (Heather Graham), who turns to heroin and can't get a singing gig... More >>

  • Knocking Down the Tower of Babel

    published August 28, 2007

    In Martín Boulocq's The Most Beautiful of My Very Best Years, Victor (Roberto Guilhon) tries to force Wong Kar Wai's Fallen... More >>

  • Vanaja

    published August 21, 2007

    The highfalutin inspiration for Rajnesh Domalpalli's Columbia thesis project was a child's scream from Sophie's Choice, but what began as a... More >>

  • The Sugar Curtain

    published July 17, 2007

    Salsa queen Celia Cruz was never fully able to reconcile the Cuba of her memories with the Cuba of the present, though it helped to be intimate... More >>

  • Walking to Werner

    published July 10, 2007

    Inspired by the winter 1974 march that Werner Herzog made from Munich to Paris to see ailing film critic Lotte Eisner, Linas Phillips sets out on... More >>

  • NewFest 2007

    published May 22, 2007

    Whatever your brand of queer, NewFest has got you covered. The most undiscriminating film festival in the world, NewFest recognizes the diversity... More >>

  • 'Provoked'

    published May 1, 2007

    Based on the true story of an Indian woman who set fire to her abusive husband, Provoked is a feminist homily of the shrillest order. As... More >>

  • 'Paris, Je T'aime'

    published April 24, 2007

    Paris, Je T'aime's brimming declaration of love to the City of Lights leaves one breathless but dissatisfied. Paris's quartiers and... More >>

  • 'Stephanie Daley'

    published April 10, 2007

    At a high-school party, Stephanie Daley (Amber Tamblyn) marches straight into the requisite rape room and walks out pregnant. Back at her... More >>

  • 'Dreaming Lhasa'

    published April 3, 2007

    The adverts promise a voyage to Tibet like we've never seen, but Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam's vision of people unmoored from their homeland is a... More >>

  • Africa Speaks

    published March 27, 2007

    Fourteen years strong, the New York African Film Festival resonates as a rallying call. Flaunting grace and outrage, the films, shorts, and panel... More >>

  • Mistaken Identities

    published March 13, 2007

    Their hands bound by plastic cuffs, a group of Mexicans pile into a minivan before being hauled into a truck bound for New York City. In darkness,... More >>

  • 'Adam's Apples'

    published March 6, 2007

    The melodramas that prolific Anders Thomas Jensen has sculpted over the years have been among the richest works to come out of Scandinavia since... More >>

  • 'Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon'

    published March 6, 2007

    Subtext is scarce in Scott Glosserman's Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, a meta–horror flick of Craven... More >>

  • From France, with Self-Love

    published February 20, 2007

    Less politically engaged and geographically far-flung than usual, Lincoln Center's spotty Rendez-Vous With French Cinema insinuates that a nation... More >>

  • 'Antibodies'

    published February 6, 2007

    Instead of reinventing the procedural mechanics of the serial-killer drama, filmmaker Christian Alvert adds to its current state of retardation... More >>

  • 'Operation Homecoming'

    published January 30, 2007

    Though it exists neither to boost nor defy the war in Iraq, Operation Homecoming is not without political objective. Drawing inspiration... More >>

  • 'Notes on Marie Menken'

    published January 30, 2007

    Marie Menken's films and paintings reveal a stunning fondness for the rhythms of nature, technology, and human custom. Her friends and... More >>

  • 'Room 314'

    published January 23, 2007

    How many stories can one hotel room tell? At least five according to Room 314, a pageant of white heterosexual encounters of the... More >>

  • 'Puccini for Beginners'

    published January 23, 2007

    One friend short of a forming a lesbian repertory staging of Sex and the City, Allegra (Elizabeth Reaser) does not lack for a sounding... More >>

  • 'Becket'

    published January 16, 2007

    At least as far back as Summer and Smoke, director Peter Glenville demonstrated a unique talent for sucking the life out of good theater.... More >>

  • 'From Other Worlds'

    published January 16, 2007

    There's no beguilement to this toothless caprice by writer- director Barry Strugatz, who may intend a spoof of '50s melodramas and alien... More >>

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