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2007 Stories by Jim Ridley

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  • Hock the Line

    published December 20, 2007

    As an actor, John C. Reilly is the opposite of Mr. Cellophane. He doesn't disappear into a role; roles disappear onto him — the unlikely... More >>

  • With Siblings Like These . . .

    published November 29, 2007

    There are comedies of discomfort, and then there's Margot at the Wedding, Noah Baumbach's scalding follow-up to The Squid and the... More >>

  • The Boys Are Back

    published October 25, 2007

    Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick (Warner Bros.) Most of the old Kubrick DVDs were crap: full-screen editions with poor... More >>

  • Beantown Boys Make Good

    published October 18, 2007

    "Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid," Raymond Chandler wrote in 1950's The... More >>

  • Genuine Fake Robots

    published October 18, 2007

    Transformers (DreamWorks) No doubt, Michael Bay's slam-bang action-figure commercial doesn't play nearly as well on TV, no matter how... More >>

  • You'll Laugh Dying

    published October 11, 2007

    You Kill Me (Genius) Funny thing seeing Philip Baker Hall in You Kill Me, as he's already played the role of a... More >>

  • Fist Things First

    published October 4, 2007

    Caligula: Imperial Edition (Penthouse) (Spoiler alert: Fisting!) One day back in the swingin' '70s, somebody mentioned... More >>

  • After Sunrise

    published September 6, 2007

    Back in 1995, Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise gave flesh to a Yank's fantasy of worldly European womanhood: Julie Delpy's Celine, a... More >>

  • Keeping the Meter Running

    published August 16, 2007

    Taxi Driver: Collector's Edition (Sony) "Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads: Here is a man who would not take it anymore."... More >>

  • Celebrity Justice

    published August 9, 2007

    Steve Buscemi the director is nothing like the art-damaged auteur Buscemi the actor played in 1995's Living in Oblivion. No dry ice and... More >>

  • Chow Time Again

    published July 26, 2007

    Hard Boiled: Two-Disc Ultimate Edition (Weinstein) The Criterion version of John Woo's masterpiece, about two cops (the... More >>

  • Cold War Reheated

    published July 19, 2007

    Red Dawn: Collector's Edition (MGM) John Milius' 1984 war pic was a mighty bonkers release even back then; not since the... More >>

  • When He Was Small

    published July 5, 2007

    Chancer: Series 1 (Acorn) Available solely in the U.K. for years, this is a small-time release featuring a modestly... More >>

  • Crackers & Cheese

    published June 28, 2007

    Black Snake Moan (Paramount) The best place to see Craig Brewer's mash-up of blood-boiling exploitation elements would... More >>

  • Maybe Too Hard

    published June 21, 2007

    Die Hard Collection (Fox) You don't need to watch the included preview of Live Free or Die Hard to know it's... More >>

  • Sagebrush & Spaghetti

    published June 7, 2007

    The Sergio Leone Anthology (MGM) Sergio Leone made westerns like Wagner made ditties. This essential boxed set -- four... More >>

  • What Garry Didn't Know

    published April 19, 2007

    Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show (Sony) The greatest boxed set ever -- not so much for the made-up irritainment as... More >>

  • Franchise Player

    published March 15, 2007

    Casino Royale (Sony) James Bond gets a stirring shake-up in the best -- yeah, Goldfinger fans, the best --... More >>

  • Chick Flick

    published February 22, 2007

    Shut Up & Sing (Genius) It's a shame that one of 2006's best documentaries is being released without extras; it would... More >>

  • Message Bored

    published February 8, 2007

    What could be scarier than yet another PG-13 creepfest serving up pasty, staggering ghouls with stringy hair? Why, the same PG-13 creepfest set... More >>

  • Old Man's Still Got It

    published January 25, 2007

    Maurice Russell, a septuagenarian actor facing the end of his career and life, gazes raptly at the present that fate has given him: the company of... More >>

  • Classic Coke

    published January 25, 2007

    Cocaine Cowboys (Magnolia) Slam! Bang! Pow! Snort! This tawdry and giddy documentary tells the story of Miami's... More >>

  • Taking the Long View

    published January 4, 2007

    A car speeds down a forest road, only to be surrounded in an instant by armed crazies who materialize from the nearby woods. In the visual grammar... More >>

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