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2008 Stories by Nick Pinkerton

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  • Asian American International Film Festival

    published July 9, 2008

    Twenty-two features and a whole platoon of shorts—simple logistics limit the critic-as-consumer-guide. In large, you've just got to peruse... More >>

  • Josh Hartnett in August

    published July 9, 2008

    August plays out almost entirely in the testing fire of crisis, as the brothers Sterling fight to keep their NYC-based Internet startup... More >>

  • The Wackness: Cliche Mixtape

    published July 2, 2008

    The Wackness is a mix tape of clichés, with writer-director Jonathan Levine taking cuts from a dozen or more "life-affirming"... More >>

  • Diminished Capacity: More Sweet-Souled Losers

    published July 2, 2008

    This first feature by character actor/theater director Terry Kinney addresses, once again, America’s apparent surfeit of sweet-souled losers... More >>

  • Louise Bourgeois: Tangled Biography

    published June 24, 2008

    Perhaps a benefit of its epic gestation—much of the original footage dates back to '93—Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach's documentary... More >>

  • Gunnin' for That #1 Spot: MCA Films

    published June 24, 2008

    Gunnin' concerns a phenomenon proliferated by the broadband age: premature national-sports stardom at the high-school level. The... More >>

  • Hair Extensions: Erratic J-Horror

    published June 17, 2008

    Hell is a rogue hair—say, sprouting up somewhere unexpected, or slipping around in one's throat. This comprises the inspiration for... More >>

  • Monsieur Verdoux: Chaplin in Paris

    published June 10, 2008

    The title character in Charlie Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux (played by Chaplin, of course) is a dainty ex–bank clerk, laid off... More >>

  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time's Real Craftsmanship

    published June 10, 2008

    The title will be unfamiliar to most Americans; not so in Japan. The source is a sci-fi novel that's been adapted every decade since its 1967... More >>

  • At Anthology, Howard Hawks's Twilight

    published June 3, 2008

    What Howard Hawks did best—whichever studio signed the check (over 44 years, he worked for them all), whatever genre he operated in... More >>

  • Dreams With Sharp Teeth: Harlan Ellison, Unrevealed

    published June 3, 2008

    If you're unfamiliar with the product of Harlan Ellison's 50 years and counting behind a typewriter, you'll know little more about it after... More >>

  • Vivre sa Vie: Godard Goes Off

    published May 27, 2008

    A milestone "Everything is permissible" moment in narrative film, Godard's fourth feature is a rocket from Pandora's Box. It's sectioned into... More >>

  • The Edge of Heaven Can Wait

    published May 20, 2008

    The Edge of Heaven disembarks stateside still flush from an award-reaping Eurasian tour. That the European Film Awards tossed Fatih... More >>

  • Famke Janssen Turns Pool Shark in Turn the River

    published May 6, 2008

    Kailey (Famke Janssen) is getting on 40, living in an upstate limbo, driving to NYC for clandestine meetings with the 12-year-old that son her... More >>

  • Tarsem's The Fall: A Singular Spectacle

    published May 6, 2008

    Something like a pain-fueled, R-rated Princess Bride, The Fall straddles the intertwined worlds of storytelling and story. One... More >>

  • XXY: Intersex Drama

    published April 29, 2008

    On the remote Uruguayan seaside, Alex's parents have sequestered their daughter away, hoping to keep her secret hidden from the world. That... More >>

  • Mekas's Walden at Anthology

    published April 22, 2008

    Celebrating and singing the scene it records, Walden is four years (1964-68) seen through the corybantic 16mm Bolex of Jonas Mekas. The... More >>

  • Kung Fu's Astaire and Kelly in The Forbidden Kingdom

    published April 15, 2008

    The plot is pure choose-your-own-adventure: A bullied wuxia fanboy from South Boston (Michael Angarano) is teleported back into a LARP... More >>

  • Dark Matter's Insights Run Shallow

    published April 8, 2008

    "Inspired by" the 1991 University of Iowa school shootings, Dark Matter gives a sympathetic picture of its doctorate candidate turned... More >>

  • Chaos Theory: Go, Van Wilder, Go

    published April 8, 2008

    Who could lift the American screen comedy from a vast muck of sniggery boner gags and crap-pop bricolage? I'm pulling for Ryan Reynolds, the... More >>

  • Water Lilies

    published April 1, 2008

    Invisible to everyone else, pinched, late-blooming Marie (Pauline Acquart) pairs with Anne (Louise Blachère), a heavy girl with a pasty... More >>

  • Sex and Death 101

    published April 1, 2008

    Writer-director Daniel Waters, who scripted Heathers eons ago, inexplicably keeps gigging. Here, the name of the game is dull vulgarity... More >>

  • My Brother Is an Only Child

    published March 25, 2008

    The family as microcosm of a divided country: Two brothers "come of age" in late-'60s Italy, as political strife reaches their provincial... More >>

  • Meat Loaf's In Search of Paradise

    published March 18, 2008

    Staggeringly inessential if never unwatchable, In Search of Paradise offers a backstage pass to the first leg of Meat Loaf's 2007 "Seize... More >>

  • Andrei Nekrasov's Poisoned by Polonium

    published March 18, 2008

    Andrei Nekrasov’s documentary indictment of the Putin regime is inelegantly structured, flops when it goes “gonzo,” and gets... More >>

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