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2007 Stories by Scott Foundas

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  • Eye of the Beholder

    published December 27, 2007

    At this year's Cannes Film Festival, the American painter turned filmmaker Julian Schnabel (Basquiat, Before Night Falls) won the... More >>

  • Director's Cut

    published December 20, 2007

    Here's the thing: Tim Burton pulled it off. Nearing the end of an uncommonly strong year for American movies, he's taken a hallowed... More >>

  • Legend Has It

    published December 13, 2007

    There are two momentous performances in the Darwinian horror fable I Am Legend. One is by the movie's star, Will Smith — but more... More >>

  • One of Us Must Know

    published November 22, 2007

    Literally speaking, Bob Dylan isn't "there" in Todd Haynes's staggering mix-tape biopic I'm Not There. Or rather, he's everywhere and... More >>

  • Sidney Lumet's Long Journey

    published November 8, 2007

    "There's a reason I've had some good pictures and other guys will never have good pictures," Sidney Lumet says matter-of-factly on a recent... More >>

  • Badlands

    published November 8, 2007

    "Hold still." That's what the hunters say to the hunted in the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men. The first time we hear it, it's the... More >>

  • What's Wrong With This Picture?

    published November 8, 2007

    Although he plays a college professor in his latest film, Robert Redford was, by his own admission, never much of a student, consistently more... More >>

  • Emotional Wreck

    published October 25, 2007

    I gave up after about 100 pages of John Burnham Schwartz's 1998 novel Reservation Road, a typically overwritten and contrived slice... More >>

  • Wide-Open Spaces

    published September 27, 2007

    To some, the story of Christopher Johnson McCandless, the 24-year-old Emory University graduate who starved to death in the Alaskan wilderness in... More >>

  • Jodie Foster, Superhero

    published September 13, 2007

    In Neil Jordan's new movie, Jodie Foster plays New York talk-radio personality Erica Bain, who survives a vicious Central Park mugging and becomes... More >>

  • Splattered

    published August 30, 2007

    By late summer, when director James Wan's Death Sentence is playing side-by-side with Neil Jordan's The Brave One at many of our... More >>

  • Bugaboo Confidential

    published August 23, 2007

    Shortly after graduating from film school, I took a part-time job as the assistant to a successful movie and television director who told me I'd... More >>

  • Nerd Love

    published August 16, 2007

    The latest comic meteorite to hurtle forth from the galaxy of producer Judd Apatow, Superbad is about a couple of chronically unpopular... More >>

  • The Popcorn King

    published August 9, 2007

    It's a bright March afternoon on the set of Rush Hour 3, and the mood is tense. After shooting last winter on location in Paris, the... More >>

  • It Doesn't Suck!

    published July 26, 2007

    In his big-screen debut, Homer Simpson utters the "D'oh!" heard 'round the world — or at least as far away as Washington, D.C. (which, given... More >>

  • Hairspray, Get Back to Your Roots!

    published July 19, 2007

    Did John Waters sell out? Or did our ever-more-metrosexual age merely render him irrelevant? Certainly long before Hairspray took up... More >>

  • Dark Arts

    published July 12, 2007

    The magic has returned to the Harry Potter franchise — albeit magic of the old, black variety. The darkest and most threatening, by... More >>

  • Incredible, Edible

    published June 28, 2007

    "Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great." So goes the personal mantra of the late celebrity chef Auguste Gusteau, whose disembodied... More >>

  • The Office Meets Deliverance

    published June 7, 2007

    The idea of "getting axed" is exploited for maximum double-entendre value in Severance, a grisly horror-comedy from the U.K. that has its... More >>

  • Geekology 101

    published June 7, 2007

    There is a moment in "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers," the 14th episode of the brilliant but canceled television series Freaks and Geeks, when... More >>

  • Cannes 2007: The Joy in the Bubble

    published May 31, 2007

    Last weekend, as Jerry Bruckheimer's pirates were once again storming the international box office, the Cannes Film Festival (May 16-27) bestowed... More >>

  • Hurricane Billy's Back

    published May 24, 2007

    "I don't mind if you take a shot of me eating," says William Friedkin, between bites of an avocado sandwich, to the photographer busily taking his... More >>

  • Full-on Nelson

    published April 19, 2007

    This week's generically titled studio suspense thriller, Fracture, has the good sense to begin where last week's generically titled studio... More >>

  • Going Dutch

    published April 19, 2007

    Grijs Verleden (Gray Past) is the title the Dutch historian Chris van der Heijden gave to his 2001 account of Holland's morally murky... More >>

  • Glittering Hunks of Trash

    published April 5, 2007

    There exists some debate about audience familiarity with the term "grindhouse," and even a certain confusion about the origins of the word itself... More >>

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