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2006 Stories by Michael Atkinson

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  • Populist Mechanics

    published September 21, 2006

    According to its publicity, bringing Robert Penn Warren's 1946 novel All the King's Men to the screen again has always been "a cherished... More >>

  • Panic Womb

    published September 7, 2006

    A number of pregnant mysteries arise with the new remake of Robin Hardy's 1973 cult-remembered genre work The Wicker Man — namely,... More >>

  • About a Boi

    published August 24, 2006

    One of the weakest and most ridiculous aspects of popular culture is its narcissistic now-ness. There's often no then or later, and without past... More >>

  • All Wet

    published July 20, 2006

    It would be a mighty sweet thing to see M. Night Shyamalan as the great redemptive storyteller he clearly thinks he is — or as he portrays... 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 >>

  • Knockoff

    published June 1, 2006

    We've all done it -- killed an afternoon drinking in a pleasantly grungy roadhouse somewhere, boozily enjoying the illusion of having fallen off... More >>

  • This Time It's Serious

    published May 18, 2006

    Winter Passing (Fox) Try this, should you be inclined to rent this downer from writer-director Adam Rapp: Skip from... More >>

  • That Stinking Feeling

    published May 11, 2006

    Our anemic movie industry recycles so relentlessly that even our complaints about such plasticized repackaging come off as recycled product of its... More >>

  • Technicolor Yuan

    published May 4, 2006

    Coming closer even than Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers to resembling the Chinese cover art for an Iron Butterfly album, Chen Kaige's... More >>

  • Nouveau Noir

    published April 20, 2006

    Calling Rian Johnson's teen indie drama Brick a piece of stuntwork might seem tantamount to hitting it with a pie, but it's a high-speed... More >>

  • Sans Quentin

    published April 6, 2006

    You may not yet have lost your ardor and respect for the pressure-point hammer blow Quentin Tarantino executed on American movies, but it's... More >>

  • Duck Day Afternoon

    published April 6, 2006

    There's imported-film minimalism, and then there's this: Fernando Eimbcke's feature debut Duck Season, a daringly banal comedy of ennui set... More >>

  • Puff Piece

    published March 23, 2006

    "You want an easy job, go join the Red Cross," someone says well into Thank You for Smoking, a gleeful farce about capitalist mendacity... More >>

  • It's a Crime

    published March 23, 2006

    Given Inside Man's bullpen (director Spike Lee, stars Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster), moment in political history, and advertising,... More >>

  • Now You See Them

    published March 23, 2006

    Breasts: A Documentary (First Run) Honest, compassionate, and funny, this documentary is remarkable for the bravery of... More >>

  • Look Away

    published March 9, 2006

    Anyone who remembers the 1977 Wes Craven film The Hills Have Eyes, which was and remains a piece of Milwaukee-beer shit, remembers it... More >>

  • This Dogg's Got Bite

    published March 9, 2006

    The Tenants (Sony) Fifteen seconds into the video for "Nuthin but a 'G' Thang," it was obvious that Snoop Dog had... More >>

  • Hard Ride

    published March 2, 2006

    Didn't Richard Donner retire? A 1980s star-director name, among many, that should now send bolts of discouraging dread down your spine, Richard... More >>

  • The Great Cash-In

    published March 2, 2006

    Walk the Line (Fox) No matter what a junkie does with his spare time -- say, redefine country music, or forge one of... More >>

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