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The Burning Plain

We are all connected. And drowsy.

Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s no mean feat for a screenwriter to carve out a trademark style, to somehow assert a distinct personality in cadence or structure. Try naming a writer whose work is instantly recognizable af ...   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

The Brain Eaters

District 9’s aliens aren’t very sharp. The director thinks you aren’t, either.

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They didn’t come to make war, but they didn’t necessarily come in peace, either. These beings from beyond didn’t speed through space-time to probe us, or to Hoover our brains for foo ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

The Best of Blomkamp: Why District 9 Might Actually Be Good

The expertly hyped District 9, set to be released on August 14, is combining smart viral marketing with a top-billed "Peter Jackson Presents" tag to put asses ...   More
Sunday, August 2, 2009 by CHRIS STAMM

Summer Hours

See it now. Later you will be dead.

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Might as well face it: One day you will die, and those you leave behind will have to figure out what to do with all your shit. Who wants the dusty stack of 7-inches your band couldn’t even give ...   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

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.

Movie Reviews & Stories
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

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