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2008 Stories by Scott Foundas

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  • The Haunting

    published December 31, 2008

    No writer ever gazed deeper or more despairingly into the prison of middle-class American conformity than Richard Yates, which may explain why... More >>

  • Old Man Pitt

    published December 24, 2008

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is certainly curious — a modest F. Scott Fitzgerald story, about a man born in the twilight of... More >>

  • The Man Who Nearly Killed Hitler

    published December 24, 2008

    It's July 20, 1944, and Adolf Hitler has been assassinated — the victim of a bomb blast organized and executed by a cabal of high-ranking... More >>

  • Five Greats preview: Our guide to the season’s must-see movies

    published December 24, 2008

    In the days and weeks ahead, several tremendous (dare we say Oscar-caliber?) films will be arriving in Bay Area theaters. They're poignant,... More >>

  • Our critics name the best films of 2008

    published December 24, 2008

    Is it a sign of the apocalypse? Something in the water? Or is it just the way the wind is blowing? Whatever the case, when our... More >>

  • Year of the Ram

    published December 24, 2008

    I hated the '90s. The '90s fuckin' sucked," says professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson early on in The Wrestler — and he... More >>

  • It's a Miserable Life

    published December 17, 2008

    Two years ago nearly to the day, Will Smith and Italian director Gabriele Muccino released The Pursuit of Happyness, one of the most... More >>

  • Forgiven

    published December 17, 2008

    Walt Kowalski growls a lot — a dyspeptic rumble that wells up from deep inside his belly when he catches sight of his midriff-baring... More >>

  • Belle de 50 Ans

    published November 26, 2008

    Siren. Icon. Muse. You can apply any or all of those labels to Catherine Deneuve but trying to make any one of them stick is trickier than... More >>

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    published November 26, 2008

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Well, who wouldn’t in this economy, even if the currency in question is rupees and winning the loot... More >>

  • Game-Show Masala

    published November 12, 2008

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Well, who wouldn't in this economy, even if the currency in question is rupees and winning the loot means... More >>

  • I Think I'm Getting a Kauf

    published November 12, 2008

    If you traveled the length of John Malkovich’s medulla oblongata and walked through the adjoining door of the interstellar hotel room at the... More >>

  • The World Is a Stage

    published November 5, 2008

    If you traveled the length of John Malkovich's medulla oblongata, hung a sharp left at the desk where Beckett's Krapp recorded his last tape,... More >>

  • The Son Also Rises

    published October 22, 2008

    Sitting in the back of the restaurant at New York's überchic Royalton Hotel in an orange polo shirt and khakis, Oliver Stone looks out of... More >>

  • Filth and Wisdom

    published October 22, 2008

    A splashy Berlin Film Festival premiere may not have been the ideal launch strategy for this modestly scaled first feature co-written and... More >>

  • Lies We Can Believe In

    published October 8, 2008

    A new kind of war movie for a new kind of war, Body of Lies is about the War on Terror as it is being waged on the ground, in the air,... More >>

  • Very Minor Miracle

    published September 24, 2008

    On some level, you have to hand it to Spike Lee. There are probably fewer than a handful of directors working in Hollywood today who could put... More >>

  • Biblical Proportions

    published September 17, 2008

    The most vital movie I ended up seeing at this year's Toronto International Film Festival didn't have its first screening until the festival's... More >>

  • Your Friends and Neighbors

    published September 17, 2008

    Earlier this year, when I found myself assigned to jury duty on a drug-related trial at the Los Angeles Superior Court, our jury foreman turned... More >>

  • In the Heat of the Knight

    published September 3, 2008

    And so another summer movie season comes to an end, not with a bang but a whimper — what else to call four new releases (Babylon A.D.,... More >>

  • Mighty Aphrodites

    published August 13, 2008

    Perhaps this review should begin with a disclaimer: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen's 39th film as writer-director, will do little... More >>

  • The Young Man's Dream

    published August 13, 2008

    The last time I interviewed Woody Allen, at his editing suite on Manhattan's Upper East Side, he was preparing the release of Match... More >>

  • Change You Can't Believe In

    published July 30, 2008

    Swing Vote is an election-themed comedy that's about twice as smart as you expect it to be and still only half as smart as you wish it... More >>

  • Men Will Be Boys

    published July 23, 2008

    I haven't seen much at the movies in the past two years that has given me as much unbridled comic pleasure as the sight of Will Ferrell as the... More >>

  • Bustin' Down the Door

    published July 23, 2008

    The title of director Jeremy Gosch’s engaging, elegantly made surf documentary describes the oftentimes brash methods employed by a pack of... More >>

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