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2006 Stories by Melissa Levine

Archives: 2006
  • '51 Birch Street'

    published October 10, 2006

    For 54 years, Mike and Mina Block made marriage look easy. Then, three months after Mina died suddenly of pneumonia, Mike moved in with Kitty, his... More >>

  • 'Broken Sky'

    published September 19, 2006

    You can't accuse Mexican writer-director Julián Hernández of lacking a consistent vision. In this film, as in his previous A... More >>

  • 'American Blackout'

    published September 12, 2006

    This passionate polemic follows Democratic representative Cynthia McKinney, of Georgia, as she campaigns to bring attention to the... More >>

  • 'Red Doors'

    published August 29, 2006

    This suburban-family comedy, which plays out in the landscape of Chinese American assimilation, is everything you'd expect from a frosh-indie... More >>

  • 'Queens'

    published August 22, 2006

    With five overbearing mothers and six overshadowed gay sons, this Spanish meet-the-parents ensemble farce aims for Almodóvar but falls far... More >>

  • 'Princesas'

    published August 15, 2006

    Caye (Candela Peña), a prostitute in Madrid, has begun losing business to the young immigrants who undersell her. Zulema (Micaela... More >>

  • 'Factotum'

    published August 8, 2006

    Bent Hamer's deadpan adaptation of the Charles Bukowski novel has an appealing listlessness, but it begs the question: Is there anything left to... More >>

  • 'Poster Boy'

    published August 8, 2006

    Henry Kray is a gay student at a fictional private college in New York. His freedom to be as miserably self-involved and openly sexually active as... More >>

  • 'The Puffy Chair'

    published July 25, 2006

    Josh (Mark Duplass) is a confused fuckup whose indie-rock career is dead. But despite his aura of shaggy-dog doofusness, Josh's girlfriend, Emily... More >>

  • 'Been Rich All My Life'

    published July 11, 2006

    The aesthetics of Heather MacDonald's documentary are not remarkable, but the dancing octogenarians are. In fact, the Silver Belles, five former... More >>

  • 'Autumn'

    published May 30, 2006

    Enamored of all things French and noir, American director Ra'up McGee has written a love letter to both. His film begins with too much pretension... More >>

  • 'Forgiving Dr. Mengele'

    published May 9, 2006

    For 40 years after suffering at the hands of Josef Mengele, who tortured her and her twin sister in his monstrous experiments at Auschwitz, Eva... More >>

  • 'Guys and Balls'

    published April 18, 2006

    It sounds like gay porn, but it's actually a delightful romantic comedy from Germany. Ecki (Maximilian Brückner), the goalie for his town's... More >>

  • 'Somersault'

    published April 11, 2006

    There are lots of ways to grow up. The method offered in this Australian drama is to do something awful and then flee from it. Heidi (beautiful... More >>

  • 'La Mujer de Mi Hermano'

    published April 4, 2006

    With a plot so old it could have been scraped off of cave walls, this Latin American psychodrama pits desperate housewife Zoe (Bárbara... More >>

  • 'Simon'

    published March 28, 2006

    What begins as a Dutch comedy about a gay man's friendship with a wildly un-P.C. straight man morphs into a bold and exhausting examination of... More >>

  • 'Adam and Steve'

    published March 21, 2006

    Though flawed in the way of so many romantic comedies (i.e., much weaker with the romance than with the comedy), writer-director Craig Chester's... More >>

Archives: 2006