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2006 Stories by Michael Atkinson

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  • Populist Mechanics

    published September 21, 2006

    According to its publicity, bringing Robert Penn Warren's 1946 novel All the King's Men to the screen again has always been "a cherished... More >>

  • About a Boi

    published August 24, 2006

    One of the weakest and most ridiculous aspects of popular culture is its narcissistic nowness. There's often no then or later, and without past... More >>

  • All Wet

    published July 20, 2006

    It would be a mighty sweet thing to see M. Night Shyamalan as the great redemptive storyteller he clearly thinks he is — or as he portrays... More >>

  • That Stinking Feeling

    published May 11, 2006

    Our anemic movie industry recycles so relentlessly that even our complaints about such plasticized repackaging come off as recycled product of... More >>

  • Technicolor Yuan

    published May 4, 2006

    Coming closer even than Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers to resembling the Chinese cover art for an Iron Butterfly album, Chen Kaige's... More >>

  • Knockoff

    published May 4, 2006

    We've all done it — killed an afternoon drinking in a pleasantly grungy roadhouse somewhere, boozily enjoying the illusion of having fallen... More >>

  • Knockoff

    published April 20, 2006

    We've all done it — killed an afternoon drinking in a pleasantly grungy roadhouse somewhere, boozily enjoying the illusion of having fallen... More >>

  • Sans Quentin

    published April 6, 2006

    You may not yet have lost your ardor and respect for the pressure-point hammer blow that Quentin Tarantino executed on American movies, but it's... More >>

  • Puff Piece

    published April 6, 2006

    "You want an easy job, go join the Red Cross," someone says well into Thank You for Smoking, a gleeful farce about capitalist mendacity... More >>

  • It's a Crime

    published March 23, 2006

    Given Inside Man's bullpen (director Spike Lee, stars Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster), moment in political history, and advertising,... More >>

  • Look Away

    published March 9, 2006

    Anyone who remembers the 1977 Wes Craven film The Hills Have Eyes, which was and remains a piece of Milwaukee-beer shit, remembers it... More >>

  • Hard Ride

    published March 2, 2006

    Didn't Richard Donner retire? A 1980s star-director name, among many, that should now send bolts of discouraging dread down your spine, Richard... More >>

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