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2007 Stories by Jim Ridley

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  • 10 Movies in 2007 that Deserved More Attention

    published December 25, 2007

    How tough is it for a movie to find its audience above the din of blockbuster marketing and beyond the clogged distribution pipeline? Tsai Ming-... More >>

  • Counter-Strike

    published December 25, 2007

    The year: 2505. Your viewing choices tonight: an oldie but a goodie—a picture called Ass, a feature-length screensaver of butt cheeks... More >>

  • Lock up the Kids

    published December 18, 2007

    Having a child destroys your immune system to horror, real or imagined. Before the blessed event, you could laugh off The Exorcist, The... More >>

  • Hock the Line

    published December 11, 2007

    As an actor, John C. Reilly is the opposite of Mr. Cellophane. He doesn't disappear into a role; roles disappear onto him—the unlikely porn... More >>

  • Keep Folk Alive

    published November 27, 2007

    With voices like a sackful of rusty hinges, ramshackle playing a broken string away from careening madness, and a repertoire filled with... More >>

  • With Relatives Like These . . .

    published November 6, 2007

    There are comedies of discomfort, and then there's Margot at the Wedding, Noah Baumbach's scalding follow-up to The Squid and the... More >>

  • Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037

    published November 6, 2007

    Given rapt attention and care in the framing, there is no more engrossing subject than man at work. The proof, yet again, is in director Ben... More >>

  • Ugandan Idol

    published October 30, 2007

    In a just world, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix's documentary wouldn't exist— at least not in this fashion. The rebel group known as the Lord's... More >>

  • Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037

    published October 30, 2007

    Given rapt attention and care in the framing, there is no more engrossing subject than man at work. The proof, yet again, is in director Ben... More >>

  • No Future? Not Exactly.

    published October 23, 2007

    Punk died, the Silver Jews sang, the first time a kid shouted "Punk's not dead!" The words are never uttered in Julien Temple's Joe Strummer:... More >>

  • Subject Unknown

    published October 16, 2007

    After staggering out of Inland Empire like a mole groping toward sunlight, you could be forgiven for thinking that there should be a... More >>

  • Beantown Boys Make Good

    published October 9, 2007

    "Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid," Raymond Chandler wrote in 1950's "The Simple... More >>

  • Resident Evil: Extinction

    published September 18, 2007

    Why should you see a third installment of what has been, up until now, a tedious portfolio of international film-financing strategies... More >>

  • Resident Evil: Extinction: Milla Jovovich As Spaghetti-Western Wraith. . . Again

    published September 11, 2007

    Why should you see a third installment of what has been, up until now, a tedious portfolio of international film-financing strategies disguised as... More >>

  • Rocket Men

    published August 28, 2007

    Four decades ago, the American space program was synonymous with the pinnacle of human achievement. Thirty-eight years later, the program that... More >>

  • Debatable

    published July 31, 2007

    It seems fitting that a movie about debate competition should produce ambivalent feelings. As a master debater says early on in Jeffrey Blitz's... More >>

  • After Sunrise

    published July 31, 2007

    Back in 1995, Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise gave flesh to a Yank's fantasy of worldly European womanhood: Julie Delpy's Celine, a... More >>

  • Cashback

    published July 10, 2007

    Wong Kar-wai on aisle 4 and Michel Gondry on aisle 6, with Kevin Smith as mop jockey at all points in between—such is the... More >>

  • Celebrity Justice

    published July 3, 2007

    Steve Buscemi the director is nothing like the art-damaged auteur that Buscemi the actor played in 1995's Living in Oblivion. No dry ice... More >>

  • Drama/Mex

    published July 3, 2007

    Amores Perros is a yappy whelp compared to this striking degrees-of-separation drama by Mexican writer-director Gerardo Naranjo, who uses a... More >>

  • Dynamite Warrior

    published June 26, 2007

    For everyone who saw Tears of the Black Tiger and thought, "This could really use some rocket-surfing, a leap-frogging tiger man, and a... More >>

  • When Mutant Mutton Attack

    published June 12, 2007

    They're here, they're fluffy, and they're pissed. Not since 1972's Night of the Lepus, that clarion call to the clear and present danger of... More >>

  • More Inconvenient Truths

    published June 12, 2007

    Nothing illustrates the monstrosity of globalized commerce more vividly than the lateral tracking shot that opens Jennifer Baichwal's mesmerizing... More >>

  • Eagle vs. Shark

    published June 5, 2007

    Napoleon Dynamite looks like Cary Grant next to the hero of this Kiwi quirk-a-thon: a hulking, sullen creep named Jarrod (Jemaine Clement, co-star... More >>

  • Czech Dream

    published June 5, 2007

    Hey, Prague—you got punk'd! In this subversive Central European slice of reality TV, Czech film students Vít Klusák and Filip... More >>

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