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World's Greatest Parents

Away We Go is a heartburning work of staggering solipsism.

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On Jan. 22 of this year, in an all-caps blog burst of audacious self-pity, Kanye West accidentally defined a cultural epoch. “WHY,” he asked, “WON’T YOU LET ME BE GREAT!!!&rdqu ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

Goodbye Solo

Night Cabbie returns! Or somebody like him.

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There are two movies running side by side in Goodbye Solo. One of them, which is predictable enough to set my watch by, is about the unlikely friendship (read: one guy’s African, one’s Ame ...   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

Bruce Conner: In Memoriam

He inspired YouTube. But you can’t find him there.

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The revelatory experience of first encountering Bruce Conner’s films produces that same “holy shit” mind shock you felt when you discovered the Ramones or the Stooges or Borges or Bu ...   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

Fast Time At Prison Maze

The transfixing Hunger explores the toll of war on a solitary body.

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Before Hunger started collecting awards last year, director Steve McQueen’s best-known work was the 1997 short video Deadpan, which restages the famous “falling house” gag from Buste ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

Silent Light

Unfaithful Mennonite. Devout movie.

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Slow though his films may be, Carlos Reygadas does not leave an audience wondering about intent. His opening shots are bold announcements—invitations to join him, cautions against proceeding fur ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

Patrick deWitt Ablutions

A local author writes what he knows—booze.

Patrick deWitt’s debut novel, Ablutions (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 164 pages, $23), perches at the back of a pitiful bartender’s mind as he observes his wretched regulars and struggles ag ...   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

Momma’s Man

Home is so sad. Let’s go back.

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Yes, you can go home again. Caveat visitor: You might not want to leave. Consider Mikey, the sad-sack protagonist of Azazel Jacobs’ wonderful, low-budget drama Momma’s Man. Unlike the relu ...   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 CHRIS STAMM


Once more in suburbia, with feeling.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Alan Ball, upon whom some mischievous muse bestowed a Janus-faced capacity for both the ersatz ipecac of American Beauty (which he wrote) and the heartaching perfection of Six Feet Under (which he cre ...   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 CHRIS STAMM

My Winnipeg

Guy Maddin, now with more hockey.

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Even the blandest, most benighted hamlet, if it happens to be the place where you first met the world, is myth and magic. It’s the map of a hidden self, for better or worse. Usually, somehow, wo ...   More
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 CHRIS STAMM

The 40-Year-Old Children

Step Brothers Ferrell and Reilly perfect the comedy of retardation.

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In an alternate, perhaps less amusing universe, Mike Leigh has just directed a film in which two developmentally disabled middle-aged men become stepbrothers, learning to love each other and respect t ...   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 CHRIS STAMM
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