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2005 Stories by Mark Holcomb

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  • The Discreet Harm of the Bourgeoisie: Carrey Can't Carry Remake

    published December 13, 2005

    Have enough news cycles now passed for the Enron debacle to be funny? Probably not to anyone whose "retirement" will be spent greeting shoppers at... More >>

  • Breezy Rider: A Shaggy, Charming Over-the-Hill-Biker Flick

    published November 29, 2005

    Part road movie, part extreme-sports biopic, and all shaggy-dog story, Roger Donaldson's The World's Fastest Indian evades easy... More >>

  • 'First Descent'

    published November 29, 2005

    With its touchy-feely first-person focus and propensity for staid, bullet-point factualism, Kevin Harrison and Kemp Curley's snowboarding... More >>

  • 'Little Man'

    published November 22, 2005

    Few of us will ever have to engage the term "reproductive rights" quite as intensely as filmmaker Nicole Conn, whose incendiary Little Man... More >>

  • 'Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont'

    published November 15, 2005

    The leisurely pace, Hallmark Channel plotting, and largely septuagenarian ensemble cast of Dan Ireland's Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont seem... More >>

  • No Country for Old Men: Vonnegut Scans the Horizon, Emits Thought-Drool

    published September 27, 2005

    I went to hear Kurt Vonnegut speak once, unannounced and in an unexpected venue (a gathering of film critics). After his perplexingly brief talk,... More >>

  • 'The Greatest Game Ever Played'

    published September 27, 2005

    Anyone who never considered golf a hotbed of class conflict—that is, pretty much everyone—will be enlightened by The Greatest Game... More >>

  • The Lady Vanquishes: Red-Eyed Thriller Runs Out of Gas

    published September 20, 2005

    How many buttons can a single movie push? Flightplan, Hollywood's latest airliner-as-pressure-cooker diversion, has its finger on some... More >>

  • 'Little Manhattan'

    published September 20, 2005

    Most Hollywood rom-coms approach amour with the wit and insight of a stammering, sweaty-palmed preadolescent; this one actually stars a pair of... More >>

  • 'Dirty Love'

    published September 13, 2005

    Should we be worried about Jenny McCarthy? In the course of John Asher's excruciatingly inept Dirty Love, the perpetual bimbo-ingenue has... More >>

  • Broken Glowers

    published August 30, 2005

    Lasse Hallstrom never met a case of advanced emotional constipation he couldn't unplug in two psychobabbly hours or less, and his latest... More >>

  • 'The Great Raid'

    published August 2, 2005

    This dour, retrogressive WW II potboiler asks us to forget the last half-century of political and cultural tumult—to say nothing of combat... More >>

  • November Wane: Meta-Thriller Loses Steam Halfway Through

    published July 12, 2005

    Like a jigsaw that's more fun to assemble before you know how all the pieces fit, Greg Harrison's brain-teasing meta-thriller November is... More >>

  • Foursquare: Lively Drama Spiked With Risky Questions

    published July 5, 2005

    Like the incendiary domestic melodrama of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? framed in a Pinter-esque narrative mindfuck and spiked with... More >>

  • Quad Wrangle

    published June 28, 2005

    It's hard to imagine a movie with thicker Teflon coating than an inspirational sports doc in which the up-from-behind athletes involved are also... More >>

  • French Horror Pastiche Up to More Than Mimicry

    published May 31, 2005

    The international shortage of horror movie plots surfaces in France with Alexandre Aja's High Tension, a pastiche of '70s American slasher... More >>

  • Doppelgängers: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Elusive Double Visions

    published May 24, 2005

    It continues to be a rewarding year for fans of Japanese cinema's foremost enigmatist, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, thanks to Home Vision's DVDs of two of... More >>

  • What's Up, Doc?: Nonfiction Filmmakers Ponder the Form

    published March 15, 2005

    The unprecedented bumper crop of documentaries released over the past couple of years has spurred countless debates, among them the old standby... More >>

  • Whoa Is Me: Keanu Dons Noir Drag for Infernal Adventure

    published February 8, 2005

    You'd think people would be gorged on comic-book depictions of good and evil after last year's protracted moral-values muck crawl, but Constantine... More >>

  • Film

    published February 8, 2005

    Satirizing the mix of terror, adoration, and resentment that accompanies new parenthood in a kids' movie is a little like inviting your mom along... More >>

  • The Ladykiller

    published February 1, 2005

    On the face of it, a high-stakes Hollywood blockbuster bankrolled by powerful white guys about a young black guy who massages the romantic mojos... More >>

  • Film

    published January 25, 2005

    Harkening back to the studio's glory days of gaudy, third-tier romantic piffle, the MGM-distributed Fascination could have been... More >>

  • Film

    published January 18, 2005

    Should you find yourself exiting Nicolas Winding Refn's haunting, elusive new thriller Fear X in a heightened state of agitation, fear not:... More >>

  • Film

    published January 11, 2005

    Far be it from me to knock a movie that pivots on the notion that hell is other people's children, but—despite a promising early analogy... More >>

  • Primal Screen

    published January 4, 2005

    Television is a box that accommodates practically anything we care to throw in, from lofty sociopolitical theories to disproportionately... More >>

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