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  • 2013 - Best of the West/First Amendment Funding, Inc.

    "CIA Goes Hollywood"

  • 2013 - Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, published September 13, 2012

    "Video Paradiso"

  • 2013 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published September 13, 2012

    "Video Paradiso"

  • 2012 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published August 4, 2011

    "This is Awkward"

  • 2011 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club

    Film reviews

  • 2011 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published February 5, 2010

    "Sundance's Rebel Yell"

2010 Stories by Karina Longworth

Archives: 2012 | 2011 | 2010
  • Lost at the Chateau Marmont

    published December 23, 2010

    Sofia Coppola had her 21st birthday party at the Chateau Marmont — a fact she had forgotten until Phil Pavel, the manager of the hotel,... More >>

  • Karina Longworth's Top Ten Movies of 2010

    published December 23, 2010

    Every four years, the American people act en masse to send a message to the nation's power brokers, and every four years, this vote is... More >>

  • Rich Man's Recession

    published December 9, 2010

    Tracking the parallel trajectories of three employees laid off from cushy corporate jobs at the same Boston-based manufacturing conglomerate,... More >>

  • Stripped

    published November 25, 2010

    "She doesn't sing that way because she's had it easy." This is how Tess (Cher), the long-suffering owner of the nightclub at the center of... More >>

  • Working Girl

    published November 11, 2010

    In the climax of Morning Glory, Rachel McAdams is dressed in a flesh-colored, diaphanous cocktail dress, its halter top and tight... More >>

  • Zach Attack

    published November 4, 2010

    In Due Date, a skinny, scowly and dryly self-referential Robert Downey Jr. meets a chubby, beardy, quasi-autistic Zach Galifianakis... More >>

  • Blades of Gory

    published September 2, 2010

    In 1993, inspired by his second cousin Danny Trejo's work in Desperado, Robert Rodriguez wrote a screenplay around the character of Machete... More >>

  • Life Is Beautiful

    published August 19, 2010

    The Switch is a loose adaptation of a Jeffrey Eugenides story called "Baster," published in The New Yorker in 1996 and deemed... More >>

  • The First (Ambiguous) Action Heroine

    published July 22, 2010

    Salt, famously the Spy Flick Rewritten for Angelina Jolie After Tom Cruise Dropped Out, has been publicized as the cinematic... More >>

  • A Decade Makes a Comeback

    published May 20, 2010

    MacGruber (Will Forte), a highly decorated soldier of fortune known for "making life-saving inventions out of household materials," faked his... More >>

  • Ridley Scott Waters the Tree of Liberty

    published May 13, 2010

    Is it an accident that Ridley Scott's Robin Hood plays like a rousing love letter to the Tea Party movement? It's certainly... More >>

  • Faster Than a Speeding Internet

    published April 15, 2010

    Kick-Ass, the Matthew Vaughn-directed adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s graphic novel, sets itself up as an... More >>

  • Bad Marriage

    published April 8, 2010

    "We are not these people! We are a boring couple from New Jersey!" complains Claire Foster (Tina Fey) to her husband, Phil (Steve Carell), about... More >>

  • The Year SXSW Film Broke

    published March 25, 2010

    The tagline for the recently concluded 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival was "Tomorrow Happens Here," slick marketing shorthand for the... More >>

  • Noah Baumbach goes L.A.

    published March 25, 2010

    Noah Baumbach is 40 years old. He just learned how to drive. A native New Yorker, the writer/director started spending time in Los Angeles... More >>

  • Name That Cop Movie: Kevin Smith's latest is a cliche-filled comedy

    published February 25, 2010

    Cop Out establishes its movie lineage right away, with a slow-motion toe-to-head tilt up, set to the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep 'Til... More >>

  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

    published February 11, 2010

    In Pretty Woman, director Garry Marshall's personal cinematic high score, the opening credits close (and the closing credits open) with the... More >>

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