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2005 Stories by Matt Singer

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  • Books

    published December 20, 2005

    The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky's first graphic novel, is the requiem for the director's dream of a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster. When... More >>

  • 'Yours, Mine & Ours'

    published November 22, 2005

    After counseling one son from beyond the grave and rescuing another from a new Ice Age, Dennis Quaid should have nothing left to prove in the... More >>

  • 'Seamless'

    published November 15, 2005

    Motivated by 9-11 and the resultant lack of "priority in shopping," Vogue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America launched a... More >>

  • Panel Discussion

    published October 25, 2005

    Harvey Pekar always brags about comics' untapped possibilities, but in his latest book he is, quite literally, all talk. "You can do anything with... More >>

  • 'The Last Mogul'

    published October 25, 2005

    Contrary to the insistence of some, the Jews do not run Hollywood. But for a time, one particular Jew named Lew Wasserman came very close. With a... More >>

  • 'The Legend of Zorro'

    published October 25, 2005

    It's Zorro, the domesticated blade! This limp sequel to 1998's The Mask of Zorro finds Johnston McCulley's pulp hero so thoroughly... More >>

  • 'Rooms for Tourists'

    published October 11, 2005

    Someone explain to me how a guy with a mask—with no eyeholes, mind you—can see better in pitch black than his victims, whose sight isn't... More >>

  • 'Into the Blue'

    published September 27, 2005

    A tides-and-ass adventure for the whole family (minus Mom and Pop and anyone else who isn't an achingly horny pubescent male), Into the... More >>

  • 'A Tale of Two Pizzas'

    published September 27, 2005

    A Tale of Two Pizzas stars two talented actors from The Sopranos, but the similarities to the greatest serialized drama of our time... More >>

  • Books

    published September 20, 2005

    If Brian Bendis is comics' David Mamet, and Grant Morrison its David Cronenberg, then Alex Robinson is its Robert Altman. Tricked is a... More >>

  • Serenity Now!: Whedon Flips Off Fox in Clever Space-Western

    published September 20, 2005

    Last week's A History of Violence relocated the western to the contemporary American heartland. In this week's Serenity, Joss Whedon... More >>

  • 'The Thing About My Folks'

    published September 6, 2005

    Paul Reiser claims he wrote The Thing About My Folks to honor his favorite actor, Peter Falk. It's a noble goal, but surely there are... More >>

  • 'Kamikaze Girls'

    published August 30, 2005

    If you value plausibility in movies, skip Kamikaze Girls; this is the sort of picture where getting run over by a truck gives a character... More >>

  • 'Transporter 2'

    published August 30, 2005

    Luc Besson used to be the promising young director of The Professional and The Fifth Element. Now he spends his days crafting paeans... More >>

  • Cheesy Rider: Bare-Chested Biker Boys Bicker, Bond Over Pizza

    published August 16, 2005

    Supercross: The Movie—not to be confused with Supercross: The Art Installation— is easily the finest good-bad Hollywood movie so... More >>

  • 'Now & Forever'

    published August 16, 2005

    Now & Forever's heart is in the right place, but its mouth is not; this earnest Canadian production from 2002 boasts one of the single most... More >>

  • 'Sky High'

    published July 26, 2005

    Keying into and then subverting the wish fulfillment at the heart of most comic books, Sky High envisions a world where all superheroes... More >>

  • 'Oyster Farmer'

    published July 19, 2005

    Jack (Alex O'Lachlan) needs some fast money, so he does what any of us would do: He fashions a mask out of a boysenberry Fruit Roll-Up and robs... More >>

  • Four Shame! New Marvel Movie All Doom and Gloom

    published July 5, 2005

    Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created The Fantastic Four as an editorial imperative: Invent a superhero group to cash in on the popularity of DC... More >>

  • 'Slutty Summer'; 'Paternal Instinct'

    published May 31, 2005

    Welcome to Jerry Falwell's worst nightmare: In the new romantic comedy Slutty Summer, New York exists in an alternate universe populated... More >>

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