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2009 Stories by Jim Hoberman

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  • Plan 9 from Outer Space

    published December 29, 2009

    Dir. Edward D. Wood (1958). I'm sure your heart can stand this screening of Ed Wood's alleged chef 'oeuvre, although if you're expecting Tim... More >>

  • Summer Hours

    published December 29, 2009

    Dir. Olivier Assayas (2008). Olivier Assayas brings it all back home--straight to the heart of a bourgeois French family. Summer Hours... More >>

  • The Apartment

    published December 29, 2009

    Dir. Billy Wilder (1961). Arguably the slickest trick in the Wilder’s oeuvre, this Code dodging comedy about an ambitious clerk... More >>

  • Swing Time

    published December 29, 2009

    Dir. George Stevens (1936). The wholesome acme of the Astaire-Rogers musical may have one too many comic misunderstandings, but the Jerome Kern... More >>

  • Broadway Danny Rose

    published December 22, 2009

    Dir. Woody Allen (1985). Woody Allen’s most humanist movie—inspired, one suspects, by the Joe Franklin Show—is a... More >>

  • Edward Scissorhands

    published December 22, 2009

    Dir. Tim Burton (1990). Tim Burton’s suburban kindermarchen puts a loopy, cheerful spin on the pulp angst... More >>

  • Beaches of Agnès

    published December 22, 2009

    Dir. Agnès Varda (2007). The interplay of past and present in Agnès Varda’s films reaches its apogee with this memoir drawing... More >>

  • Christmas in July

    published December 22, 2009

    Dir. Preston Sturges (1940). This modest, wise-guy send up of advertising, business, and American optimism is too genial to work as satire,... More >>

  • My Man Godfrey

    published December 22, 2009

    Dir. Gregory La Cava (1936). Carole Lombard stars as an apparently dizzy society girl who rescues William Powell's suspiciously elegant tramp from... More >>

  • The King of Comedy

    published December 15, 2009

    Dir. Martin Scorsese (1982). The least appreciated of Scorsese’s major films features brilliant characterizations by Robert De Niro, Jerry... More >>

  • City Lights

    published December 15, 2009

    Dir. Charles Chaplin (1931). The most wistfully Chaplinesque of Chaplin features, as well as a movie made in defiance of sound, this is the one... More >>

  • White Savage

    published December 15, 2009

    Dir. Arthur Lubin (1943). Universal’s second Maria Montez-John Hall pairing transposes the dim duo from deepest Baghdad to the equally... More >>

  • Happy Together

    published December 15, 2009

    Dir. Wong Kar-wai (1947). As romantic as it is fragmented, Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together is both bravura love story and an... More >>

  • Where's Poppa?

    published December 15, 2009

    Dir. Carl Reiner (1970). The Producer’s rival as the most outrageous example of Hollywood’s short lived “Jew wave”... More >>

  • Repo Man

    published December 8, 2009

    Dir. Alex Cox (1984). The eccentric Alex Cox hit the cult jackpot with his first indie—a midnight-inflected vehicle for Harry Dean Stanton... More >>

  • Treeless Mountain

    published December 8, 2009

    Dir. So Yong Kim (2008). Kid performers naturally introduce elements of magic and mystery into the most banal of situations—so it is with... More >>

  • Vinyl

    published December 8, 2009

    Dir. Andy Warhol (1965). The Warhol Factory actually paid Anthony Burgess for the rights to A Clockwork Orange—adapted here in two... More >>

  • Seated Figures

    published December 8, 2009

    Dir. Michael Snow (1988). Michael Snow reinvents the road movie, fixing the camera to the muffler of a speeding car and sends us flying over the... More >>

  • One More River

    published December 8, 2009

    Dir. James Whale (1934). One of the most British movies ever made by a Hollywood studio. James Whale adapts the last novel by near-forgotten Nobel... More >>

  • By Candlelight

    published December 1, 2009

    Dir. James Whale (1933). Whale specialized in comedy as well as horror. Blithely pre-Code, By Candlelight is an upstairs-downstairs bedroom... More >>

  • Gods and Monsters

    published December 1, 2009

    Dir. Bill Condon (1998). Bill Condon imagines James Whale's last days. The film's sunshine gothic atmosphere is more effective than its... More >>

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    published December 1, 2009

    Dir. James Whale (1935). Camp long before the term was popularized, James Whale's Frankenstein sequel is the wittiest as well as the most... More >>

  • Iron Giant

    published December 1, 2009

    Dir. Brad Bird (1999). Set at the dawn of the space race and predicated on a sci-fi mythology of sputniks, spooks, and shelter drills, Brad Bird's... More >>

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