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

    "L.A. Plays Itself"

2007 Stories by Rob Nelson

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  • No End in Sight

    published August 23, 2007

    Masterfully edited and cumulatively walloping, Charles Ferguson's No End in Sight turns the well-known details of our monstrously... More >>

  • Live Free or Die Hard

    published June 28, 2007

    Still an all-American bloodhound after all these years, Bruce Willis's Detective John McClane begins Live Free or Die Hard by... More >>

  • Crazy Love

    published June 7, 2007

    A true-crime yarn told largely by the criminal, with supporting testimony from his curiously forgiving victim, Crazy Love... More >>

  • Cannes Film Festival 2007

    published May 31, 2007

    Cannes, France — The Coen brothers' pulpy, ultimately pretentious neo-Western No Country for Old Men screened early in the... More >>

  • Cannes Film Festival 2007

    published May 31, 2007

    Cannes, France — "Whaddya love about it so much?" Abel Ferrara — director of the strip-club-set Go Go Tales, my... More >>

  • Bug

    published May 24, 2007

    William Friedkin has mellowed since unleashing The Exorcist, sliding into box-office hell and marrying a major studio boss. Indeed, the... More >>

  • Savage Love

    published May 24, 2007

    CANNES, France—The Cannes Film Festival is chiefly revered as a showcase for prolific, careerist auteurs, so the appearance of Savage... More >>

  • The Exterminating Angels

    published May 3, 2007

    Anyone who doubts that moviemaking is an essentially masturbatory endeavor would do well to come -- preferably alone -- to Jean-Claude Brisseau's... More >>

  • After the Wedding

    published May 3, 2007

    A reformist disciple of dogme, that earth- and camcorder-shaking movement wherein waves are broken and celebration is cause for alarm, Danish... More >>

  • Year of the Dog

    published April 26, 2007

    Speaking as the owner of a new puppy, I can say definitively that a dog is both more and less annoying than the average person. Year of the... More >>

  • The Last Mimzy

    published March 22, 2007

    Hard-core phantasie geeks will relish role-playing every enemy of The Last Mimzy, a family-style sci-fi adventure whose director,... More >>

  • Army of Shadows

    published March 22, 2007

    Led by a short, rotund man who carries a briefcase and speaks as if conserving his last reserves of emotion, the heroes of Army of... More >>

  • Black Snake Moan

    published March 1, 2007

    It may be hard out there for a pimp, but it ain't too hard for a writer-director to make a movie whose marketing hinges on the lurid spectacle of... More >>

  • The Lives of Others

    published February 22, 2007

    We Americans complain of Big Brother's unblinking eye in the post-Patriot Act, corporate e-mail era -- as well we should. But, as The Lives... More >>

  • Oscar-nominated documentaries

    published February 15, 2007

    Split more or less neatly into pairs, the four short Oscar-nominated documentaries prove again that the old style-versus-substance debate... More >>

  • Sympathy for the Devil

    published February 1, 2007

    PARK CITY, Utah -- Ten days of terse texting among professional narcissists working on little or no sleep in one of the last cold spots left on Al... More >>

  • Dissent for Sale

    published February 1, 2007

    Even by the lacerating standards of recent Sundance documentaries Why We Fight and Iraq in Fragments, the non-fiction at this year's... More >>

  • Off the Black

    published January 4, 2007

    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 ag... More >>

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