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2004 Stories by Mark Holcomb

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  • Redemption is a Sucker's Fantasy in a Fatalistic Neo-Noir Potboiler

    published March 16, 2004

    The urgency with which doomed junkie writer Donald Goines pumped out his remorseless crime novels once prompted the comment that he "wrote fiction... More >>

  • Lost Time

    published March 9, 2004

    The appalling statistics of America's incarceration industry are a staple of prison nonfiction, and Jennifer Gonnerman's bracingly compassionate,... More >>

  • Retouching the Void

    published February 24, 2004

    Does time really heal all wounds? That hoary aphorism was in doubt long before 9-11, and it's about to be put to the test again by a pair of docs... More >>

  • A B-list dreamboat's dream role: Your own impersonal Jesus

    published February 24, 2004

    Playing Jesus in a movie doesn't bestow professional obscurity so much as signify it. Take The Passion of the Christ: Before starring in... More >>

  • Film

    published February 10, 2004

    Simultaneously shameless and streetwise, acerbic and cloying, Mark Meily's Crying Ladies strives for and largely achieves a hard-edged chick-flick... More >>

  • Film

    published February 10, 2004

    A spoofy pastiche of grade-Z 1950s and '60s horror/sci-fi fare, this MiniDV cheapie credibly replicates the shabby earnestness and outré... More >>

  • Aye, Robot: What's Human?

    published February 3, 2004

    The disparity between ambition and aptitude has doomed more than one indie, as a veritable graveyard of worthy half-hour films padded to... More >>

  • Brutal Youth

    published January 27, 2004

    Like it or not, your physical safety is anything but guaranteed. This harsh reality, and the enigmatic long-term responses to systemic acts of... More >>

  • Now I Wanna Be Your Dog

    published January 13, 2004

    Fueled by knowing in-jokes, sitcom-familiar voice talent, and illustrator Gary Baseman's endearingly retro, cutesy-gross milieu, Teacher's Pet... More >>

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