Jim Ridley

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  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    Finally, there’s a vampire movie worthy of the title The Hunger— even if it arrives under the more potable name Thirst. Carnal appetite, not a parched palate, is the accelerant that fuels this perverse, prankish and merrily anticlerica...

  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    What Fletch was to plaid-checked water-cooler wits in the ’80s, what National Lampoon’s Van Wilder was to college-bound douches at the dawn of Dubya, that’s what 2003’s Old School is to Gen-X frat rats — a secret-hand...

  • In theory, 3-D filmmaking should amplify the effect Roland Barthes foresaw in Cinemascope�that of the viewer becoming a �little god,� free to float about at will in the frame�s capacious space. In practice, it�s...

  • 7 years ago | Film and TV

    Hurricane Katrina may have driven off a large segment of New Orleans’ African-American population, the providers of much of the city’s character. But in one sense the deadly storm was a uniter, not a divider: Only three years ago, the ...

  • 7 years ago | Film and TV

    "The old people remember the past,” a narrator says early in The Exiles, over a prologue of Edward S. Curtis photographs — faces of aged Native Americans who may have had their lands taken away but not their history or memories. For th...

  • 7 years ago | Film and TV

    Part–caper movie, part–real-life superhero saga and entirely engrossing, James Marsh’s Man on Wire recounts in Rififi-like detail how a Parisian street performer and wire walker named Philippe Petit dodged cops, fought the elemen...