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2003 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • A Mountainous Achievement

    published December 25, 2003

    Anthony Minghella's magnificent film version of the Civil War epic Cold Mountain has much more going for it than Hollywood grandeur. Beyond... More >>

  • White Dork Down

    published December 11, 2003

    In his career as a Hollywood action figure, Tom Cruise has been dressed in some pretty hip outfits -- a macho fighter pilot's sleek leather... More >>

  • Muck, Raked

    published November 27, 2003

    In the annals of fraud and fakery, a discredited ex-magazine reporter named Stephen Glass will likely wind up a mere footnote. The people who... More >>

  • Elephant's Graveyard

    published November 20, 2003

    The spooky beauty of Elephant, Gus Van Sant's strange take on the Columbine massacre, arises not from the shock of sudden violence but from... More >>

  • Tuscan Raider

    published September 25, 2003

    The dumbed-down movie version of Frances Mayes' best-selling travel memoir Under the Tuscan Sun is a virtual case study of Hollywood's... More >>

  • Habitat for Inhumanity

    published August 21, 2003

    The last thing the Roman Catholic Church needs at this point is another exposé of its misdeeds. The shock of the pedophilia scandals and of... More >>

  • Romancing the Drone

    published July 31, 2003

    From the lofty American vantage point, Mexico's new wave filmmakers have materialized like magic, the unexpected fruit of a renaissance that even... More >>

  • Bum Deal

    published July 24, 2003

    So much for those crackpot theories about flighty teenagers and their short attention spans. For four long years now, bland pop star Mandy Moore... More >>

  • Hulk a Maniac?

    published June 19, 2003

    He's 12 feet tall. He's ripped. He's as quick as a tiger and fierce as a dragon. Lit by his fury to a dull green glow, the guy is sheer boundless... More >>

  • Sweet 'n' Sour

    published June 19, 2003

    The hero of Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen is an isolated teenager mired in a gray Scottish slum with only a vague dream of family life to... More >>

  • 2 the Extreme

    published June 5, 2003

    Whenever the stars of the adolescent street-racing fantasy 2 Fast 2 Furious were feeling balky or temperamental on the set, as movie stars... More >>

  • Undersea No Evil

    published June 5, 2003

    If grownups were meant to watch Walt Disney cartoons, God would have kept us all in the third grade for two or three decades. Still, somebody has... More >>

  • Touch of the Poet

    published May 22, 2003

    The budding teenage poet in Karen Moncrieff's Blue Car writes melancholy verse about autumn leaves falling off trees and fathers abandoning... More >>

  • Impossible Dreamer

    published May 8, 2003

    Filmmaker Terry Gilliam is no stranger to fiasco. After all, this is the human dynamo who saw 1989's inventive if sometimes incoherent The... More >>

  • Cannonball Adderley

    published February 27, 2003

    The late Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's near-legendary album Radio Nights, recorded live at New York's old Half Note in 1967 and 1968 for... More >>

  • Quiet Strength

    published February 6, 2003

    Although virtually no one in this country foresaw the American disaster in Vietnam, the late British writer Graham Greene glimpsed it with... More >>

  • Mind Games

    published January 23, 2003

    Compiled in the cold light of day, the sum of Chuck Barris' contributions to American culture are the Top 40 ditty "Palisades Park," which he... More >>

  • Hard Luck

    published January 16, 2003

    Intacto, the first feature film by 34-year-old Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, is a complex meditation on luck, fate, and the... More >>

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