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2006 Stories by Michael Atkinson

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  • Life Is Sweet

    published October 4, 2006

    Moving and ambitious in scale like nothing else in cinema, Michael Apted's Up films began in 1964 as a BBC news program exploring an old... More >>

  • Schmuck in the Muck

    published September 13, 2006

    An act, more than anything, of due homage and genuflection to David Mamet the '70s-'80s theatrical provocateur (as opposed to Mamet the '90s-'00s... More >>

  • About a Boi

    published August 23, 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 19, 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 >>

  • Girl Trouble

    published June 21, 2006

    By now, for masses of believers in mad Korean pulp as it has been epitomized by Park Chan-wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and... More >>

  • This Time It's Serious

    published May 17, 2006

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

  • That Stinking Feeling

    published May 10, 2006

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

  • Technicolor Yuan

    published May 3, 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 5, 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 5, 2006

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

  • Puff Piece

    published March 22, 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 >>

  • Knockoff

    published March 22, 2006

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

  • It's a Crime

    published March 22, 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 22, 2006

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

  • Duck Day Afternoon

    published March 15, 2006

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

  • Look Away

    published March 8, 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 8, 2006

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

  • Hard Ride

    published March 1, 2006

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

  • The Great Cash-In

    published March 1, 2006

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

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