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2006 Stories by Jim Ridley

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  • The Whole World in His Hands

    published November 23, 2006

    For progressives lifted, however temporarily, by the swell of a turning tide, Bobby can be seen clearly for what it is — an... More >>

  • Anchor Man?

    published November 9, 2006

    Once an actor gets big enough to take whatever kind of role he wants, it makes sense that the biggest stretch imaginable, given his current... More >>

  • Communication Breakdown

    published November 9, 2006

    Time perhaps scrambling it's for Alejandro González Iñárritu to stop his narratives. After making an exciting debut in 2000... More >>

  • The Harder They Come

    published October 26, 2006

    The sex is real in John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus; only the setting — an animated New York cityscape, benignly watched over by a... More >>

  • Slithering Heights

    published August 24, 2006

    Snakes on a Plane represents the ideal of contemporary major-studio filmmaking — which is to say, major-studio marketing. Who needs... More >>

  • Ain't No Sunshine

    published August 10, 2006

    Like the shambling VW van its hapless characters steer from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach, Little Miss Sunshine is a rickety vehicle that... More >>

  • Absolutely Fabulist

    published August 3, 2006

    What's the difference between a good liar and a good storyteller? The answer, or the lack of an answer, is a mystery at the heart of The Night... More >>

  • Eating for Two

    published July 27, 2006

    Feed (TLA) Remember the old jokes about "What's grosser than gross"? The makers of Feed do, as they prove in the... More >>

  • All-Day Suckers

    published July 13, 2006

    Perhaps no one can pinpoint the exact moment vaudeville died, but there's a moment early in Strangers With Candy where you'd swear you had... More >>

  • The Citizen Kane of Crap

    published June 29, 2006

    The Devil's Sword (Mondo Macabro) Few trash movies live up to their reputation, but here's a balls-out wonder that... More >>

  • Bring in the Trash

    published June 15, 2006

    Valley of the Dolls Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Fox) Behold The Godfather and Godfather Part... More >>

  • Ford Tough

    published June 8, 2006

    The John Wayne/John Ford Film Collection (Warner Bros.) Featuring the most epic pairing of director and actor in... More >>

  • Being Bettie

    published May 4, 2006

    If you can tell a society by its smut, America in the 1950s couldn't have been just a Frigidaire of repressive hysteria. Hidden somewhere in the... More >>

  • Only in America

    published May 4, 2006

    In 1817, a Tennessee landowner named John Bell was startled by a bizarre creature, described as a dog with a rabbit's head, which materialized in... More >>

  • Letter Perfect

    published April 27, 2006

    Every year, when ESPN broadcasts the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a tiny flutter of hope rises in anyone who cherishes the life of the mind.... More >>

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