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  • 2008 - Page One Contest/Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists, published July 4, 2007

    "L.A. Plays Itself"

2006 Stories by Rob Nelson

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  • Rocky V. Ahmadinejad

    published December 20, 2006

    Bankrupt and brain-damaged in Rocky V, a bout fought so long ago that the other Bush was still sucker-punching Saddam, Sylvester... More >>

  • A League of His Own

    published December 13, 2006

    Movie actors of Nick Nolte's clout (and gender) get to decide right down to the last wrinkle and half-ounce of muscle or flab how they want to age... More >>

  • Don't Know Smack

    published December 6, 2006

    Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish play unbelievably gorgeous heroin junkies in Candy, a don't-try-this-at-home melodrama adapted from... More >>

  • The Man Who Loved Women

    published November 22, 2006

    Men are literally disposable in Pedro Almodovar's Volver. But the film, particularly for fans of the gynophilic, flamboyantly... More >>

  • A Guide to Recognizing Your Shrinks

    published October 18, 2006

    "I guess it doesn't matter where I begin," reasons the adult narrator of Running With Scissors, the inevitable Oscar contender adapted from... More >>

  • Hometown Legend

    published October 11, 2006

    They say youse can never go home again. Nevertheless, Queens-bred big-timer Dito Montiel revisits his old Astoria stomping grounds in A Guide... More >>

  • Sorry Raters

    published September 13, 2006

    Among documentary muckrakers, Kirby Dick may not be as righteously indignant as Michael Moore or as brilliantly droll as Nick Broomfield. But say... More >>

  • A Schoolteacher Darkly

    published August 23, 2006

    Even curriculum-clutchers might rather leave a child behind than let her learn from Half Nelson's Mr. Dunne (Ryan Gosling), a Brooklyn... More >>

  • Downward Mobility

    published August 2, 2006

    The old Lucas/Spielberg stunt of turning B-movie peekaboos into E-ticket thrill rides remains the industry standard — to the virtual... More >>

  • Truly, Madly, Darkly

    published July 5, 2006

    Slipped into the summer movie season like acid in your happy meal, Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly is a blockbuster of... More >>

  • Mortal Combat

    published June 21, 2006

    Set in 1942 and '43, and shot in 1969, Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows follows a small group of French resistance fighters in their... More >>

  • The Long Goodbye

    published June 7, 2006

    Like the Grand Ole Opry plopped into a fragrant barn at the county fair, Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion befits its... More >>

  • Fahrenheit 2050

    published May 31, 2006

    With ice caps melting, sea levels rising, and Poseidon sinking fast, this is no environment for any disaster movie — particularly a... More >>

  • The Bad Seeds

    published May 24, 2006

    Trotted out like ol' Trigger whenever there's a movie with saddles and six-shooters, the term "revisionist Western" would surely be a... More >>

  • Thank Hell for Little Girls

    published April 26, 2006

    The Darwinian theory that schlocksploitation must tighten its twist of the nuts with each new release will be tested strenuously for years —... More >>

  • Belgian Waffling

    published April 5, 2006

    Amid brutal competition from A History of Violence, Cache (Hidden), and Last Days, the top prize at last year's Cannes Film... More >>

  • My Mother the Fraud

    published March 22, 2006

    Such is the currency of lies these days that "based on an untrue story" might well be a shrewd tag line, if an unusually honest one. Still,... More >>

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