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2006 Stories by Jim Ridley

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  • 2006 Year In Review: Taking the Long View

    published December 21, 2006

    Jim Ridley's Top Ten Movies of 2006 1. Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, France) 2.... More >>

  • Communication Breakdown

    published November 9, 2006

    It's time, perhaps, for Alejandro González Iñárritu to stop scrambling his narratives. After making an exciting debut in 2000 with Amores Perros ... 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 >>

  • The Harder They Come

    published October 12, 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 >>

  • Snakes on a Plane

    published August 24, 2006

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

  • Little Miss 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... 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... 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 first 10... 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... 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 surpasses... 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 II... 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 Hollywood... More >>

  • Kicking French Ass

    published June 1, 2006

    Let's trade, action fans. Give up all 126 minutes of Mission: Impossible III's digitized bloat and torture games, along with... 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 >>

  • Being Bettie

    published April 27, 2006

    If you can tell a society by its smut, America in the '50s couldn't have been just a Frigidaire of repressive hysteria. Hidden somewhere in the... More >>

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