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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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  • Candy

    published December 28, 2006

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

  • Volver

    published December 28, 2006

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

  • Rocky Balboa

    published December 21, 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 >>

  • Volver

    published December 21, 2006

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

  • Black Gold

    published December 7, 2006

    Sorry to harsh your buzz, but that four-dollar latte purchase of yours often yields little or almost nothing for the African bean harvesters who... More >>

  • Candy

    published November 16, 2006

    The Denver International Film Festival continues through this weekend with the much-anticipated screening of Heath Ledger's new flick,... More >>

  • Sorry Raters

    published November 9, 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 >>

  • What Would Jigsaw Do?

    published November 2, 2006

    Milestone in Motion Picture History: On Halloween weekend 2006, Saw III grossed $34.3 million to become the Iraq War era's bloodiest... More >>

  • A Guide to Recognizing Your Shrinks

    published October 26, 2006

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

  • Hometown Legend

    published October 26, 2006

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

  • Sorry Raters

    published October 5, 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 >>

  • Lord Have Mercy

    published October 5, 2006

    God is in the details no matter what you believe, but Jesus Camp is content to introduce its exposé of Christian youth... More >>

  • Mortal Combat

    published September 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... More >>

  • A Schoolteacher Darkly

    published September 14, 2006

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

  • Downward Mobility

    published August 3, 2006

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

  • Truly, Madly, Darkly

    published July 13, 2006

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

  • Cruella de Vogue

    published June 29, 2006

    For an industry in decline, print journalism has done a fashion publicist's job of staying in vogue, particularly among the more stylish of... More >>

  • The Long Goodbye

    published June 8, 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 June 8, 2006

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

  • My Mother the Fraud

    published May 25, 2006

    Such is the currency of lies these days that "Based on an Untrue Story" might well be a shrewd tagline, if an unusually honest one. Still,... More >>

  • The Bad Seeds

    published May 18, 2006

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

  • Abort

    published May 11, 2006

    Mission: Impossible III finds Tom Cruise downplaying the world's single greatest piece of action music in deference to an Age of... More >>

  • Thank Hell for Little Girls

    published April 27, 2006

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

  • Belgian Waffling

    published April 20, 2006

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

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