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2007 Stories by Jim Ridley

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  • 2007: The Year in Movies and Music

    published December 19, 2007

    Revenge of the Nerds Absolutely, unequivocally, this has been The Year of The Apatow: Judd got Knocked Up to the tune of... More >>

  • Hock the Line

    published December 19, 2007

    As an actor, John C. Reilly is the opposite of Mr. Cellophane. He doesn't disappear into a role; roles disappear onto him — the unlikely... More >>

  • No Future? Not Exactly

    published November 28, 2007

    Punk died, the Silver Jews sang, the first time a kid shouted "Punk's not dead!" The words are never uttered in Julien Temple's Joe Strummer:... More >>

  • Once Upon a Time

    published November 14, 2007

    The Princess Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition (MGM) As far as anniversary-edition DVDs go, The Princess Bride is crushingly... More >>

  • Beantown Boys Make Good

    published October 17, 2007

    Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid," Raymond Chandler wrote in 1950's "The Simple... More >>

  • You'll Laugh Dying

    published October 10, 2007

    You Kill Me (Genius) Funny thing seeing Philip Baker Hall in You Kill Me, as he's already played the role of a... More >>

  • Fist Things First

    published October 3, 2007

    Caligula: Imperial Edition (Penthouse) (Spoiler alert: Fisting!) One day back in the swingin' '70s, somebody mentioned... More >>

  • After Sunrise

    published September 5, 2007

    Back in 1995, Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise gave flesh to a Yank's fantasy of worldly European womanhood: Julie Delpy's Celine, a sprite who... More >>

  • Maybe Another Teen Movie

    published August 22, 2007

    It seems fitting that a movie about debate competition should produce ambivalent feelings. As a master debater says early on in Jeffrey Blitz's... More >>

  • Keeping the Meter Running

    published August 15, 2007

    Taxi Driver: Collector's Edition (Sony) "Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads: Here is a man who would not take it anymore."... More >>

  • Chow Time Again

    published July 25, 2007

    Hard Boiled: Two-Disc Ultimate Edition (Weinstein) The Criterion version of John Woo's masterpiece, about two cops (the... More >>

  • Cold War Reheated

    published July 18, 2007

    Red Dawn: Collector's Edition (MGM) John Milius' 1984 war pic was a mighty bonkers release even back then; not since the... More >>

  • When He Was Small

    published July 4, 2007

    Chancer: Series 1 (Acorn) Available solely in the U.K. for years, this is a small-time release featuring a modestly... More >>

  • Crackers & Cheese

    published June 27, 2007

    Black Snake Moan (Paramount) The best place to see Craig Brewer's mash-up of blood-boiling exploitation elements would... More >>

  • Sagebrush & Spaghetti

    published June 6, 2007

    The Sergio Leone Anthology (MGM) Sergio Leone made westerns like Wagner made ditties. This essential boxed set -- four films... More >>

  • Keeping the Meter Running

    published April 25, 2007

    Taxi Driver: Collector's Edition (Sony) "Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads: Here is a man who would not take it anymore."... More >>

  • What Garry Didn't Know

    published April 18, 2007

    Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show (Sony) The greatest boxed set ever -- not so much for the made-up... More >>

  • Franchise Player

    published March 14, 2007

    Casino Royale (Sony) James Bond gets a stirring shake-up in the best -- yeah, Goldfinger fans, the best --... More >>

  • Chick Flick: Shut Up and Sing

    published February 21, 2007

    Shut Up & Sing (Genius) It's a shame that one of 2006's best documentaries is being released without extras; it would... More >>

  • Message Bored

    published February 7, 2007

    What could be scarier than yet another PG-13 creepfest serving up pasty, staggering ghouls with stringy hair? Why, the same PG-13 creepfest set... More >>

  • Old Man's Still Got It

    published January 24, 2007

    Maurice Russell, a septuagenarian actor facing the end of his career and life, gazes raptly at the present that fate has given him: the company of... More >>

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