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2008 Stories by Ed Gonzalez

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  • Ciao, a Gay Amerindie Without Dick or Ass-Crack

    published December 3, 2008

    Compared to the likes of Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild, the willfully contrarian Ciao is practically Syndromes and a... More >>

  • Gardens of the Night

    published November 5, 2008

    The title is the first sign that the audience is in for it. The second is a child's voice reading from The Jungle Book, and the third is... More >>

  • A Whimsical Gust of Nothing in The Pleasure of Being Robbed

    published October 1, 2008

    Essentially a mumblecore version of Pickpocket—sans the moral and existential high stakes, and with dollops of Miranda... More >>

  • Fireproof Appeals to the Indoctrinated

    published October 1, 2008

    When Capt. Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) decides to divorce his Sarah Palin–type wife, his bros at the firehouse come to his rescue with... More >>

  • Taking Father Home

    published September 17, 2008

    From the rural Sichuan countryside to the city of Zigong, Xu Yun travels to find the father he hasn't seen in years, and the teenage boy's... More >>

  • Béla Tarr's Magnificent Harmonies Gives Way to Anemic Noir in The Man From London

    published September 17, 2008

    How does one follow the seemingly insurmountable? If you're David Lynch, you remake Mulholland Drive's vision of the fractured self... More >>

  • Latinbeat, Now With More Movies and More Chile

    published September 3, 2008

    Latinbeat, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's yearly survey of new and classic Latin-American films, is now twice as long and twice as... More >>

  • Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild

    published August 27, 2008

    Previously on Another Gay Movie, Todd Stephens's racist and pandering but almost canny response to American Pie, Nico thankfully... More >>

  • My Mexican Shivah

    published August 27, 2008

    My Mexican Shivah kvetches its way through an insipid vision of cross-cultural conflict. In the Polanco quarter of Mexico City, a Jewish... More >>

  • Searching For Substance Over Style At This Year's Korean Film Fest

    published August 19, 2008

    A Korean film festival without the belligerent aesthetics and sketchy moral plans of Kim Ki-duk and Park Chan-wook is practically a badge of... More >>

  • The 3D Adventure Fly Me to the Moon

    published August 12, 2008

    The 3D adventure Fly Me to the Moon imagines an alternate history in which three adolescent houseflies stow away aboard Apollo 11,... More >>

  • Brad Anderson's Transsiberian

    published July 16, 2008

    Though not one for literal smoke and mirrors, master of horror Brad Anderson, with his panache for arousing fear from harried reality and... More >>

  • Ric Roman Waugh's Felon

    published July 16, 2008

    Clearly overcompensating for all the aggression that he couldn't get out of his system as the wheelchair-bound Augustus Hill on HBO's Oz... More >>

  • Take

    published July 16, 2008

    Take sketchily crisscrosses narrative strands involving a man on death row and the working-class mother whose life he has ravaged.... More >>

  • Full Grown Men: Dork Odyssey

    published June 24, 2008

    Essentially Judd Apatow's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Full Grown Men tells of a Comic Book Guy's Odyssean journey through a... More >>

  • Newfest Turns 20

    published June 3, 2008

    Newfest, now in its 20th year of celebrating LGBT film, is geared to our motley gay community with painstaking regard, and one of its... More >>

  • The Strangers: Old-School Spooker

    published May 27, 2008

    Suggesting an American remake of David Moreau and Xavier Palud's Them, The Strangers is practically an abstraction: an old-school... More >>

  • Insidious: Not Quite Cleaver

    published May 20, 2008

    Would that Jerry Schram's bargain-basement digital cheapie Insidious had the blood and guts (and Baldwin brother) of Christopher... More >>

  • Poultrygeist: Troma Reboots

    published May 6, 2008

    A blend of 11 herbs and spices accounts for the secret recipe for Colonel Sanders's Kentucky Fried Chicken. Less furtive and more bounteous are... More >>

  • The Babysitters: Reductive, Painful Fun

    published May 6, 2008

    Used to be that babysitters only solved mysteries or got caught in the middle of Mafia deals. Now they're charging $200 to eat a cock-meat... More >>

  • Hollywood Chinese's Placid History

    published April 29, 2008

    The most jarring thing about Hollywood Chinese, Arthur Dong's survey of Chinese representation in American film from the silent era to... More >>

  • Tuya's Marriage

    published April 1, 2008

    Like The Story of the Weeping Camel and Mongolian Ping Pong, Tuya's Marriage is partly an anthropological survey of Inner... More >>

  • Chapter 27

    published March 25, 2008

    Jared Leto might win an Oscar next year if audiences are willing to look at Chapter 27 as an abstract of the rise to power of Perez... More >>

  • Shelter

    published March 25, 2008

    Shelter bides its time with innocuous snapshots of local SoCal color—crashing waves, crystal-blue skies, natives who pronounce the... More >>

  • A Four Letter Word

    published March 25, 2008

    In praise of Larry Kramer's Faggots, specifically its forked satire, author Reynolds Price wrote: "It offers us oddly entertaining,... More >>

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