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2008 Stories by J. Hoberman

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  • Nixon in a Deep Frost

    published December 11, 2008

    I hear America singing, and I see... Richard Nixon. Not the man but the muse: Has any president since Lincoln inspired more movies, TV... More >>

  • Proposition Hate

    published November 27, 2008

    Gus Van Sant has never been what you'd call a risk-averse filmmaker, but he directs his Harvey Milk biopic so carefully, there might be a Ming... More >>

  • Female Persuasion

    published October 30, 2008

    The protaganist of Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky is a modestly gaudy people's heroine industriously repairing the social world one frayed... More >>

  • Bush's Brain

    published October 16, 2008

    Oliver Stone's W. may be less frenzied than his typical sensory bombardment. But in revisiting the early '00s by way of the late '60s,... More >>

  • Intolerable Cruelty

    published September 11, 2008

    Masters of the carefully crafted cheap shot, Joel and Ethan Coen have built a career on flippancy. Given their refusal to take anything... More >>

  • Back... and Loving It

    published June 19, 2008

    As old Broadway shows are revived, new Broadway shows get spun from old movies so that new movies may be fashioned from ancient TV series. It's... More >>

  • Get Out of Jail Free

    published June 5, 2008

    It's been 20 years since Errol Morris made The Thin Blue Line — a found "noir" that served to free an innocent man convicted of... More >>

  • Shots in the Dark

    published June 5, 2008

    CANNES, France—No need for dreaming here. Each Cannes Film Festival generates its own metaphors for a 10-day regimen of visions in the... More >>

  • Cannes Class of 2008

    published May 29, 2008

    CANNES, France—Wading through 20-odd movies in half as many languages, each Cannes jury supplies its own dramatic narrative, to be... More >>

  • Presenting the only Cannes awards that really matter: Ours.

    published May 29, 2008

    CANNES, France—The competition for the Palme d'Or is ongoing as I write, but the story of the 61st Cannes Film Festival is Steven... More >>

  • Shots in the Dark

    published May 22, 2008

    CANNES, France—No need for dreaming here. Each Cannes Film Festival generates its own metaphors for a 10-day regimen of visions in the... More >>

  • Warrior King

    published May 8, 2008

    David Mamet's Redbelt is a tricky bar brawl — call it the Roundhouse of Games. The writer/director has scarcely abandoned... More >>

  • Fast Track to Nowhere

    published May 8, 2008

    Converting a fondly remembered cartoon series—one of the first Japanese animes syndicated on American TV—into a prospective franchise,... More >>

  • Those Were the Days

    published January 10, 2008

    Youth Without Youth, Francis Ford Coppola's self-financed return to the fray, is a curious project — well-crafted, personal, and... More >>

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