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2008 Stories by Nick Pinkerton

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  • Contempt: A Once-a-Century Cultural Constellation

    published March 11, 2008

    They don't make them like this anymore. Point of fact, they never did; Godard's Contempt is a once-a-century cultural constellation.... More >>

  • Fighting for Life

    published March 4, 2008

    Only as political as you want it to be, Fighting for Life excises context to focus on a single wartime relationship: that of soldiers... More >>

  • Penelope

    published February 26, 2008

    "A Fairytale Like No Other"? Penelope's influences are right up front—there's the Tim Burton production design (overstocking each... More >>

  • Violent Saturday

    published February 26, 2008

    The reigning king of Southwestern noir until, say . . . Charley Varrick? The setting is crisply bright Bisbee, Arizona, crotched in... More >>

  • Best from the Brink

    published February 5, 2008

    Now in its ninth year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's house fete, "Film Comment Selects," continues to provide brief asylum to... More >>

  • Over Her Dead Body

    published January 29, 2008

    Henry (Paul Rudd) and Kate (Eva Longoria) were about to walk down the aisle when Kate was killed in a slapstick wedding-day accident. A year... More >>

  • A Walk to Beautiful

    published January 29, 2008

    Five women, isolated in their own corners of the Ethiopian hinterland, undertake a pilgrimage to a free hospital in Addis Ababa. All of them have... More >>

  • How to Rob a Bank

    published January 29, 2008

    The standoff starts in medias res, with bystander Jinx (Nick Stahl) locked in a bank vault with Jessica (Erika Christensen, in Meg White... More >>

  • Next Generation

    published January 22, 2008

    Plenty of boors will still be grousing over the pace of today's movies and "MTV aesthetics" when the sun supernovas. But who'd really presume to... More >>

  • Beyond Polanski

    published January 15, 2008

    First, a faith in the possibility of unknown quantities is a necessity when approaching Anthology Film Archives' selection of Polish films in... More >>

  • Lost in Beijing

    published January 15, 2008

    Two modern couples of distant social strata convene at crotch level in Lost in Beijing. Lin Dong (Tony Leung Ka-fai) is the moneyed owner... More >>

  • Patterns of Abuse

    published January 8, 2008

    At the crosswalk the other day, I noticed something peeking out from the usual pasting of flyers on the light pole in front of me. It looked like... More >>

  • First Sunday

    published January 1, 2008

    LeeJohn (Tracy Morgan) is the screw-up/schemey one; Durell (Ice Cube), the should-know-better buddy. Their latest very awful idea: breaking into a... More >>

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