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2008 Stories by Ella Taylor

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  • Internal Inquisition

    published December 18, 2008

    Back in the early 1980s, a prominent professor I knew was accused of sexually harassing a colleague. This man was a compulsive flirt who... More >>

  • Somewhere Over the Date Line

    published November 27, 2008

    You don't have to have been raised on colonial Brit lit, classic melodramas, Westerns, war movies, or Gone With the Wind to figure out... More >>

  • Leashed Lightning

    published November 20, 2008

    With his blazing-white coat and pig-pink ears, to say nothing of the zigzag of lightning cut into his flank, the eponymous canine lead of... More >>

  • Monster Mom

    published November 20, 2008

    Kristin Scott Thomas has gotten so locked into playing tragic victims or frigid grandes dames that few remember that the actress got her big break... More >>

  • Go Ahead, Make Her Day

    published October 23, 2008

    On a double bill with L.A. Confidential, Chinatown, or just about any film made after 1970 about institutional corruption in Los... More >>

  • Ladies Light

    published September 11, 2008

    What do you think this is?" cries a lady who lunches in Diane English's remake of George Cukor's The Women. "Some kind of '30s... More >>

  • Hard-Knock Life

    published August 21, 2008

    When I heard that Quentin Tarantino handed the Grand Jury Prize for best feature to Courtney Hunt's Frozen River at this year's Sundance... More >>

  • In the Spirit of Waugh

    published July 31, 2008

    Making notes in 1949 for a review of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, George Orwell wrote that "Waugh is about as good a novelist as... More >>

  • Thank You for the Music

    published July 17, 2008

    I've always enjoyed ABBA — not in that post-hoc, so-bad-it's-good hip way but innocently, the way I like Phil Spector. To this day, howling... More >>

  • As American as Overpriced Dolls

    published July 3, 2008

    To my 10-year-old daughter, the term "American Girl" means "that store my meanie of a mom — unlike all the other, higher-quality moms... More >>

  • Life With Father

    published June 19, 2008

    Nothing snaps a child's head around quite like a dying parent, even when the parent is a cantankerous old sod like Arthur Morrison (Jim... More >>

  • Epic Bore

    published June 12, 2008

    Loath though I am to carp about any director who's devoted chunks of his career to bringing the non-white world's suffering to Western attention,... More >>

  • Hairpiece in the Middle East

    published June 5, 2008

    Behold Adam Sandler, in a passable Israeli accent and outsized codpiece, as Zohan the Mossad superheavy: catching barbecued fish in his butt... More >>

  • Cheap Sex

    published May 29, 2008

    Oh, please — spoiler alert? Fine, I won't tell you whether Carrie Bradshaw ties the knot with Mr. Big, even though you've already seen... More >>

  • Prince (Less) Charming

    published May 15, 2008

    "Things never happen the same way twice." Thus boometh Aslan the lion (Liam Neeson), alias the Son of God, popping his computer-generated... More >>

  • Countdown to ... Murder!

    published April 17, 2008

    Jon Avnet's cheesy new thriller, 88 Minutes, is 105 minutes long, and going in, I feared that 100 of them would be eaten up by Al... More >>

  • Incredible Shrinking Women

    published March 6, 2008

    For an obscure tale of a virginal London governess who discovers her true calling running interference for a giddy nightclub singer, the 1938... More >>

  • Kids These Days

    published February 21, 2008

    Like most wannabe heroes of the eager-to-please teen comedy, poor little rich boy Charlie Bartlett is charming and quirky. Too charming by half... More >>

  • More Adventures in Gangsterland

    published February 14, 2008

    No celebrity hairdresser should ever be allowed near Colin Farrell's eyebrows with a tweezer. Black, fluffy, and gloriously unilateral, they... More >>

  • Tangled Web

    published February 14, 2008

    Freudians disheartened by the Bearded One's fall from psychotherapeutic grace may be cheered to learn that ol' Sigmund lives and prospers at... More >>

  • Intelligent Design

    published February 7, 2008

    In Starting Out in the Evening, a new film by Andrew Wagner, a pneumatic graduate student spreads honey over the face of the elderly New... More >>

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