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2005 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • Before the Fall

    published December 29, 2005

    Dennis Gansel's disturbing feature Before the Fall explores a little-known detail of the Nazi horror: the recruitment of more than... More >>

  • Dream Team

    published December 22, 2005

    Just after midnight, the bus broke down outside Salina, Kansas. It was George Walker's 24th birthday, but he wasn't thinking about cakes or... More >>

  • Backhanded Slapstick

    published December 22, 2005

    The Jerry Lewis chromosome is running amok again inside Jim Carrey, and if you don't feel like getting clubbed half to death with a slapstick,... More >>

  • Beautiful Dreamer

    published December 22, 2005

    The gifted Irish novelist and filmmaker Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Michael Collins) says that his overriding concern is "how... More >>

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    published December 22, 2005

    Unless your new plasma TV is the size of a conference table, it's a good idea to skip the DVD option and make straight for a movie theater to take... More >>

  • Homo on the Range

    published December 15, 2005

    It's not hard to predict how Ang Lee's controversial Brokeback Mountain will play in John Wayne country. This romantic tragedy about... More >>

  • Edward Scissorhands

    published December 15, 2005

    Before Willy Wonka started churning out chocolate bars and Victor Van Dort inadvertently married a dead girl, Johnny Depp brought another of... More >>

  • Holy Bankroller

    published December 8, 2005

    The book on Philip Anschutz is that he can turn a sow's ear into a silk purse -- or, for that matter, water into wine. In four decades of... More >>

  • Seamless

    published December 8, 2005

    In his terrific new documentary Seamless, director Douglas Keeve provides a bizarre look at a contest cooked up by Vogue... More >>

  • Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan

    published December 1, 2005

    Trekkies -- and mere mortals -- will argue endlessly about the best movie of Star Trek's big-screen franchise, but in the end, most... More >>

  • All Yours

    published November 24, 2005

    Most movies intend to entertain or inform us, or even momentarily take our minds off personal problems -- that bullet-riddled body in the trunk,... More >>

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    published November 24, 2005

    Science fiction films come and go, but Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, endures as an epic of the genre.... More >>

  • Grass and Chang

    published November 17, 2005

    Years before those airplanes attacked a big monkey as he clung to the Empire State Building, filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack... More >>

  • Off the Tracks

    published November 10, 2005

    Movie-goers with a taste for nasty villains will get all they can handle from the heavy in Swedish director Mikael Håfstrom's More >>

  • The NeverEnding Story

    published November 10, 2005

    German director Wolfgang Petersen's relentlessly strange fairy tale The NeverEnding Story (1984) has gained well-deserved cult... More >>

  • DIFF Burns On

    published November 10, 2005

    Film directors Ang Lee (Eat Drink Man Woman; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Claude Lelouch (A Man and a Woman, Les... More >>

  • Shake Hands With the Devil

    published November 3, 2005

    Tragically, the 1994 genocide of 800,000 people in Rwanda didn't stir the world's conscience as it should have. A decade later, though, it sent... More >>

  • Foiled Again

    published October 27, 2005

    It's been 85 years since Douglas Fairbanks slashed his way into the top tax bracket as the masked hero Zorro, and Hollywood still can find no... More >>

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

    published October 27, 2005

    A dozen years before The Corpse Bride got her not-so-pretty little hooks into Johnny Depp, Hollywood wizard Tim Burton gave moviegoers a labor of... More >>

  • Mine Kampf

    published October 20, 2005

    When we first see the protagonist of North Country, a working-class heroine portrayed by a deglamorized Charlize Theron, she's... More >>

  • Sins of the Father

    published October 20, 2005

    The protagonist of Lodge Kerrigan's deeply moving, uncomfortably intimate Keane is the kind of pariah most urban dwellers will do... More >>

  • The World

    published October 20, 2005

    For Western viewers willing to spend 143 minutes inside a cocoon-like Chinese theme park littered with scaled-down reproductions of the Eiffel... More >>

  • Edvard Munch

    published October 13, 2005

    The anguished paintings of Edvard Munch, who was born in 1863, foreshadowed expressionism and provided uneasy visual correlatives to the horror... More >>

  • War of the Word

    published October 6, 2005

    He said his name was Columbus, And I just said, "Good luck." -- "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" Gun control. Iraq. Charles... More >>

  • The Conformist

    published October 6, 2005

    Two years before he stunned the film world with 1972's Last Tango in Paris, 29-year-old Bernardo Bertolucci directed The... More >>

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