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2005 Stories by Peter L'Official

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  • 'El Carro'

    published December 27, 2005

    Call it Life as a Car, or rather, "in" one. An episodic meander through one ownership cycle of a 1950s red Chevy drop-top, El... More >>

  • Fashionistas and Soul Men Highlight Diverse Festival

    published November 15, 2005

    Ambitiously programmed with over 80 films in 17 days, the 13th annual African Diaspora Film Festival fashions distinctive dialogue among... More >>

  • 'Zathura'

    published November 1, 2005

    Let's play Jumanji! No, let's not, but say we did-—in space! Caldecott Medal–winning author Chris Van Allsburg has two primary... More >>

  • 'G'

    published October 25, 2005

    F. Scott Fitzgerald spent his final years as a failed Hollywood scriptwriter, never having produced the seminal work of American letters on black... More >>

  • 'The Dark Hours'

    published October 4, 2005

    According to last week's Times magazine poll, politics, work, and real estate are the most popular topics of conversation at New York... More >>

  • 'Life, Translated'

    published September 27, 2005

    Life, Translated would make a strong prime-time, mid-season addition to mainland China's WB affiliate, slotted comfortably between ... More >>

  • 'Santo Domingo Blues'

    published September 20, 2005

    Ry Who-der? Alex Wolfe's documentary Santo Domingo Blues adroitly traces a noble history of bachata—a formerly ignoble... More >>

  • 'Into the Fire'

    published September 13, 2005

    If there's an element of Into the Fire that isn't rank and offensive, I've failed to find it. A self-mutilating NYC harbor cop (Sean... More >>

  • The Long Road to Washington

    published September 6, 2005

    On October 15, Derrick Chandler will begin walking from Times Square to Washington, D.C. In addition to water, candy bars, the Bible, and the... More >>

  • 'Human Error'

    published September 6, 2005

    To err is human. Human being and director Robert M. Young has adapted Richard Dresser's absurdist Off-Broadway play Below the Belt for the... More >>

  • 'Green Street Hooligans'

    published August 30, 2005

    Lexi Alexander's debut feature owes its pint-fueled proletarian angst and aggro to David Fincher and Alan Clarke. Hooligans nods at ... More >>

  • 'Margaret Cho: The Assassin Tour'

    published August 23, 2005

    Bisexual Korean American comedian Margaret Cho continues to damage the struggle of bisexual Korean American comedians fighting for the right to be... More >>

  • Crash and Burn: Inanimate Dukes Update Salutes Idiocy

    published July 26, 2005

    Far be it from me to deny the appeal of sliding across the hood of a car and hopping in through an open window; it's a maneuver scrupulously... More >>

  • Rhyme Scheme

    published June 28, 2005

    "It is like we've fallen out of a stereotype tree and hit every branch on the way down," says director Craig Brewer about his pimp-hop, trickster... More >>

  • Tongue and Cheek

    published June 28, 2005

    Journeying from baby babble to Babel and back again, Daniel Heller-Roazen's Echolalias: On the Forgetting of Language grotesquely... More >>

  • Mourning news: Murders and a muted Mambo Mouth

    published June 28, 2005

    Ecuadorian director Sebasti Cordero's sophomore effort doesn't subvert the serial-killer genre but at least preempts dim predictability by... More >>

  • Caped Fear

    published June 14, 2005

    Dear Detective Comics, My name is David, and I have come to America from Israel four months ago. My father was invited to work here for... More >>

  • 'The War on the War on Drugs'

    published June 14, 2005

    Promise me this: If ever you and a few marijuana advocate/actor friends find yourselves low on pot and high on filmic ambition, please—put... More >>

  • 'Apres Vous'

    published May 24, 2005

    Praised be the gods that this rom-com is French. If not, we'd be haunted by visions of a Focker-ish Dustin Hoffman rescuing a suicidal Tony... More >>

  • Psychics Target Defenseless Goats for Homeland Security

    published April 5, 2005

    There are four possibilities to consider while reading Jon Ronson's The Men Who Stare at Goats: that the psychic spies and Jedi warriors... More >>

  • Film

    published February 15, 2005

    In Philip F. Messina's limp, leftover (from 1998) Hollywood satire about struggling character actors, Bill Murray affirms himself as a true... More >>

  • Film

    published February 1, 2005

    Curse Ridley Scott for unwittingly inflaming race relations in Lewiston, Maine. His 2001 Black Hawk Down inspired the more jingoistic... More >>

  • Film

    published January 25, 2005

    Elliot Greenebaum's heartfelt though uneven debut feature, Assisted Living, is neither wholly documentary nor narrative, but a curious (and... More >>

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