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2005 Stories by R. Emmet Sweeney

Archives: 2006 | 2005
  • 'Initial D'

    published December 20, 2005

    Another oil-slick ode to man-on-auto lust, Initial D offers enough full-speed money shots to eke out a victory over its barrage of... More >>

  • '39 Pounds of Love'

    published November 15, 2005

    Eagerly mimicking reality TV's need to mold life into a digestible narrative, the documentary 39 Pounds of Love simplifies its subject... More >>

  • 'The Fog'

    published October 18, 2005

    John Carpenter created a productive niche for himself with clever B homages to studio Hollywood, honoring Howard Hawks especially. Two of these... More >>

  • 'Don't Tell'

    published October 4, 2005

    Spectacularly incompetent, Don't Tell races into self-parody before the end of the opening credits. There we find patriarch Raleigh... More >>

  • 'Before the Fall (Napola)'

    published September 27, 2005

    One wouldn't expect a homoerotic Nazi Saved by the Bell to be lumbering, but here we have Before the Fall staring us earnestly in... More >>

  • 'Hard Goodbyes: My Father'

    published September 6, 2005

    Worn down by the ironic brightness of her pastel kitchen, the mother slouches in her ragged robe. The husband, cloaked in the shadows of his... More >>

  • 'Music From the Inside Out'; 'Make It Funky!'

    published August 30, 2005

    What is music? Various members of the Philadelphia Orchestra respond with stutters and groans, finally admitting that it can only be felt, not... More >>

  • Modest Monster Movie Scores With Humble Craftsmanship

    published August 23, 2005

    Spare and single-minded, The Cave is an insistently entertaining piece of pulp. Dispensing with backstory in the credit sequence, it... More >>

  • 'Lustre'

    published August 9, 2005

    The late Bronx-born character actor Victor Argo, an Abel Ferrara standby, gives an elegiac walking tour of New York in Lustre. Playing a... More >>

  • 'Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America'

    published July 12, 2005

    In an age where constructing papier-maché caricatures of world leaders is considered activism, it's revealing to see a documentary where an... More >>

  • 'Bustin' Bonaparte—The Story of an African Farm'

    published May 31, 2005

    A modest tale intermittently well told, the unfortunately titled Bustin' Bonaparte follows the lives of three children on an isolated South... More >>

  • 'Invisible'

    published May 24, 2005

    A documentary of degradation, Konstantin Bojanov's Invisible interviews six heroin addicts in Sofia, Bulgaria, over a three-year period. It... More >>

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