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2006 Stories by Jim Ridley

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  • Scandal Lite

    published December 26, 2006

    The first—and maybe the best—joke in Claude Chabrol's Comedy of Power comes before the credits: "Any resemblance to persons... More >>

  • Taking the Long View

    published December 26, 2006

    A car speeds down a forest road, only to be surrounded in an instant by armed crazies who materialize from the nearby woods. In the visual grammar... More >>

  • East Asia, Exposed

    published December 26, 2006

    "Why are you filming so much of me?" a woman in a Nepalese leper colony asks of documentarian Ellen Bruno. That question, and all the ethical... More >>

  • 'Black Christmas'

    published December 26, 2006

    As with 2006's deviled-ham rehashing of The Omen, this stocking-snuffer remake of Bob Clark's nasty, unusually effective 1974 shocker... More >>

  • Death Becomes Her

    published December 19, 2006

    Karen Moncrieff's The Dead Girl is the scrap-bag opposite of a torture-porn movie—or more precisely, a patchwork made up of the... More >>

  • Old Man's Still Got It

    published December 12, 2006

    Maurice Russell, a septuagenarian actor facing the end of his career and life, gazes raptly at the present that fate has given him: the company of... More >>

  • Whole World in His Hands

    published November 7, 2006

    For progressives lifted, however temporarily, by the swell of a turning tide, Bobby can be seen clearly for what it is—an... More >>

  • Anchor Man?

    published October 31, 2006

    Once an actor gets big enough to take whatever kind of role he wants, it makes sense that the biggest stretch imaginable, given his current... More >>

  • 'Harsh Times'

    published October 31, 2006

    Cops-gone-wild movies are the Angry White Guy counterpoint to thug-life melodramas. This caffeinated fit of antihero worship—the directorial... More >>

  • The Outsiders

    published October 24, 2006

    In a parallel universe of socially conscious dramas, there exists a movie in which a staid white British family moves into a lively community of... More >>

  • Communication Breakdown

    published October 17, 2006

    Time perhaps scrambling it's for Alejandro González Iñárritu to stop his narratives. After making an exciting debut in 2000... More >>

  • 'The Bridge'

    published October 17, 2006

    In his ghoulish documentary, director Eric Steel examines the Golden Gate's dubious honor as the world's most popular suicide destination. Steel... More >>

  • 'Conventioneers'

    published October 10, 2006

    Conventioneers, shot by married filmmakers Mora Stephens and Joel Viertel in the thick of New York's 2004 Republican National Convention,... More >>

  • 'Requiem'

    published October 10, 2006

    Using the same factual basis that inspired the recent courtroom shocker The Exorcism of Emily Rose, this quietly unnerving psychological... More >>

  • 'So Much So Fast'

    published October 3, 2006

    The neuromuscular affliction ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease) sentences the sufferer to a Cronenbergian nightmare: the eventual loss... More >>

  • The Harder They Come

    published September 26, 2006

    The sex is real in John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus; only the setting—an animated New York cityscape, watched over by a fluorescent... More >>

  • A Delirious Action Import

    published September 12, 2006

    For the twin offenses of being French and not starring Tom Cruise, District B13—a fanboy mash-up of John Carpenter's greatest hits,... More >>

  • 'I Trust You to Kill Me'

    published August 29, 2006

    Perhaps you are wondering why a little-known band called Rocco DeLuca and the Burden merits a glossy feature-length documentary of its whirlwind... More >>

  • Slithering Heights

    published August 15, 2006

    Snakes on a Plane represents the ideal of contemporary major-studio filmmaking—which is to say, major-studio marketing. Who needs... More >>

  • 'Waltzing Anna'

    published August 1, 2006

    You can despise the shabby care given in cut-rate assisted-living facilities, you can bemoan the lack of substantial films either about or for... More >>

  • 'Jailbait'

    published July 25, 2006

    Supposedly inspired by the gross inequities of California's 1994 "three strikes" law—which canned thousands of nonviolent offenders alongside... More >>

  • 'The Night Listener'

    published July 25, 2006

    As a consideration of the power of storytelling—and the urge to mythologize one's own life as well as the lives of others— The Night... More >>

  • 'Shock to the System'

    published July 25, 2006

    After this cutesy whodunit adapted from Richard Stevenson's long-running mystery series, the late Mickey Spillane must be spinning in his crypt.... More >>

  • Ain't No Sunshine

    published July 18, 2006

    Like the shambling VW van its hapless characters steer from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach, Little Miss Sunshine is a rickety vehicle that... More >>

  • 'Boys Briefs 4'

    published July 11, 2006

    Pity the poor horndog who sees the titillating title Boys Briefs 4 (and the ripped rent-boy on the poster) and expects some naughty fun,... More >>

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