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2005 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • Backhanded Slapstick

    published December 22, 2005

    The Jerry Lewis chromosome is running amok again inside Jim Carrey, and if you don't feel like getting clubbed half to death with a slapstick,... More >>

  • Homo on the Range

    published December 15, 2005

    It's not hard to predict how Ang Lee's controversial Brokeback Mountain will play in John Wayne country. This romantic tragedy about a pair... More >>

  • All Yours

    published November 24, 2005

    Most movies intend to entertain or inform us, or maybe take our minds momentarily off personal problems -- that bullet-riddled body in the trunk,... More >>

  • Off the Tracks

    published November 10, 2005

    Moviegoers with a taste for nasty villains will get all they can handle from the heavy in Swedish director Mikael Håfström's... More >>

  • Foiled Again

    published October 27, 2005

    It's been 85 years since Douglas Fairbanks slashed his way into the top tax bracket as the masked hero Zorro, and Hollywood still can find no... More >>

  • Mine Kampf

    published October 20, 2005

    When we first see the protagonist of North Country, a working-class heroine portrayed by a deglamorized Charlize Theron, she's sporting a... More >>

  • Played for Fools

    published September 29, 2005

    Anyone vaguely familiar with the rules of golf knows that you may not improve your lie, ground your club in a sand trap, or -- most grievous of... More >>

  • Love in Gloom

    published September 22, 2005

    By conservative estimate, Tim Burton stands to rake in half a billion dollars at the box office this year, thanks to a childlike chocolate maker... More >>

  • Southern Discomfort

    published September 22, 2005

    Like hundreds of creative Southerners before them, Phil Morrison and Angus MacLachlan have Thomas Wolfe in their bones. The media notes for... More >>

  • Free At Last

    published September 1, 2005

    The questing hero of Hans Petter Moland's The Beautiful Country is a slender, big-eyed young man named Binh (California-educated Damien... More >>

  • Mind Gamey

    published August 18, 2005

    Matthew Parkhill's Dot the I is the kind of tricked-up mental exercise that may intrigue the most impressionable film school students and a... More >>

  • Could Be Verse

    published August 18, 2005

    The British indie filmmaker Sally Potter, a former dancer, lyricist and performance artist, clearly has a taste for adventure. In 1992, that led... More >>

  • Catching Air

    published August 18, 2005

    Surfers, skateboarders and desert racers have all had their moment at the movies recently. Now the motocross crowd gets its turn. Supercross:... More >>

  • Funky Bunch

    published August 11, 2005

    The old John Wayne-Dean Martin hayburner The Sons of Katie Elder wasn't a very good movie the first time around -- Dino and a cowboy hat go... More >>

  • Going for Broken

    published August 4, 2005

    The contentedly independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has brought his restless energy to a series of surreal road movies that move nicely along on... More >>

  • Bombs and Bikinis

    published July 28, 2005

    If the Navy is looking for splashy recruiting tools, it could do worse than Stealth, a zillion-dollar action movie stuffed with futuristic... More >>

  • 24-Hour Pouty People

    published July 28, 2005

    So little time, so much trouble. In the 24-hour period that's dissected in Heights, the first feature from Harvard/Cambridge/USC Film... More >>

  • Send In the Clones

    published July 21, 2005

    It should come as no surprise that the hero and heroine of the new Michael Bay action extravaganza are clones. Exact copies of other people. You... More >>

  • Chocolate Kisses

    published July 14, 2005

    Roald Dahl's inner child was evidently a contrary lad -- precocious, dark-minded, contemptuous of adult supervision, and fueled by a sense of... More >>

  • Problems at Home

    published June 9, 2005

    The consequences of marital discord in Mr. & Mrs. Smith go way beyond sleeping on the couch or maintaining icy silence at the breakfast... More >>

  • Home Fires Burning

    published June 9, 2005

    If you're trying to navigate the gulf between the absolutist view inside Fortress Bush and the relativist politics of Western Europe, you need go... More >>

  • Excess Hollywood

    published June 2, 2005

    By our count, there are but two sequels waiting to have oil rubbed on their backs this summer -- one featuring an evil lord named Vader, the other... More >>

  • Thick and Rich

    published June 2, 2005

    Layer Cake, the new British crime drama from first-time director Matthew Vaughn, is a block of granite struggling to liberate the statue... More >>

  • Scoundrel Time

    published May 26, 2005

    Alex Gibney's Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a thoroughly professional, frequently spectacular piece of muckraking. But any... More >>

  • Whatever Happened to Lady Jane?

    published May 12, 2005

    Jane Fonda comes from a good Hollywood family and used to be a pretty fair actress herself. Klute, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?,... More >>

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