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2007 Stories by Julia Wallace

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  • Flakes

    published December 11, 2007

    Flakes, the eponymous star of the movie Flakes, is actually an aggressively cool New Orleans cereal café. Yup, that's right . . . it... More >>

  • The Jack and Morgan Show

    published December 11, 2007

    Rob Reiner's latest film is, among other things, a paean to the glories of tourism and a reflection of our persistent cultural belief that you... More >>

  • The Perfect Holiday

    published December 4, 2007

    Nancy (Gabrielle Union) is a normal suburban mom who wears sweatpants as she shuttles her kids to and from ballet class. She's also trying to move... More >>

  • Undoing

    published November 27, 2007

    In Undoing, Chris Chan Lee takes up where Raymond Chandler left off (sort of) and turns the bowels of Los Angeles into a stage for a... More >>

  • Outlaw, Outsider

    published November 27, 2007

    Billy Price is a 15-year-old boy living in rural Maine. He's also THAT KID you went to high school with— you know, the one who sports a... More >>

  • Maurice Jamal's Dirty Laundry

    published November 27, 2007

    "If the beans ain't cooking, there’s something wrong with the crockpot!" exclaims Loretta Devine's fat, sassy matriarch in what is surely the... More >>

  • Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding

    published November 20, 2007

    Never had a chance to catch the long-running Off-Broadway show Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding? Don't worry—the not-exactly-long-awaited... More >>

  • Who Is Norman Lloyd?

    published November 13, 2007

    Who is Norman Lloyd? Peter Pan and Father Time, according to one enthusiastic friend featured in Matthew Sussman's hagiographic documentary... More >>

  • Everything's Cool

    published November 13, 2007

    Sometimes you've got to be part of the problem to be part of the solution," intones a voice over at the beginning of Everything's Cool, a... More >>

  • What Would Jesus Buy?

    published November 6, 2007

    Although What Would Jesus Buy? was directed by Rob VanAlkemade, it bears the unmistakable imprimatur of its producer, Morgan Spurlock. Much... More >>

  • Choking Man

    published November 6, 2007

    Remember that classic 1985 music video for A-Ha's "Take On Me," the one where that girl in the diner falls into an animated charcoal drawing?... More >>

  • Cocalero

    published October 30, 2007

    In the midst of this consultant-polished election season, Alejandro Landes's inside look at Evo Morales's successful 2005 run for the Bolivian... More >>

  • Choking Man's Cartoons and Girls in Restaurants

    published October 30, 2007

    Remember that classic 1985 music video for a-ha's "Take On Me," the one where that girl in the diner falls into an animated charcoal drawing? ... More >>

  • Bella

    published October 16, 2007

    Bella, the People's Choice Award winner at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, is already getting some buzz among Catholics... More >>

  • Total Denial

    published October 16, 2007

    Total Denial is, to put it lightly, a niche film. Directed, produced, and edited by the Bulgarian journalist Milena Kaneva, it tells the... More >>

  • Rules, Made to be Broken

    published October 9, 2007

    In "Spain (Un)Censored," MOMA presents a series of 20 films made during Franco's 35-year dictatorship, from early efforts like Furrows... More >>

  • New Orleans or Bust

    published September 25, 2007

    Ed Pincus and Lucia Small are clearly not accustomed to being on the other side of the camera. The day they finished editing their first film... More >>

  • Love, Actually, Isn't Like This

    published September 18, 2007

    Director Robert Benton, best known for his zeitgeisty divorce drama Kramer vs. Kramer, has tapped into more than a few current trends in... More >>

  • Adrift in Manhattan

    published September 11, 2007

    Memo to indie directors: Tales of the cold, dark city that throb with loneliness haven't been original fare since, oh, the dawn of the industrial... More >>

  • Deaf Jam

    published September 4, 2007

    In Talking Hands, her first book, New York Times obituarist Margalit Fox joins a group of linguists travelling to Al-Sayyid, a... More >>

  • Ira and Abby

    published September 4, 2007

    Writer-producer Jennifer Westfeldt's follow-up to her surprise hit Kissing Jessica Stein centers on Ira (Chris Messina), a neurotic New... More >>

  • Helvetica

    published September 4, 2007

    I left my screening of Helvetica with the unsettling awareness of just how much Helvetica surrounds me. The font is everywhere, from New... More >>

  • The Unknown Soldier

    published September 4, 2007

    German director Michael Verhoeven has made a career out of a willingness to explore the darkest era of his country’s history in films like... More >>

  • Silk

    published September 4, 2007

    Based on a novel by the Italian author Alessandro Baricco that I will assume was more coherent than this mess of an adaptation, Francois... More >>

  • The Inner Life of Martin Frost

    published August 28, 2007

    Martin Frost was originally conceived by writer-director Paul Auster as a short film, and he would have done better to keep it that way:... More >>

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