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Jesse Hassenger


Sunday, January 18 2015

The 'Steven Spielberg Director's Collection' Captures a Critical Period in the Director's Career

Universal Pictures, distributors of the eight-film Steven Spielberg Collection on Blu-ray, is uniquely positioned to offer a long view of Spielberg's career.

Wednesday, January 18 2012

Movies 2011: Out of the Past

Super 8, The Muppets, and some of the other great movies of 2011 owe plenty to movies of the past. And they pull off a neat trick too: they're as vivid and delightful as your memories of those movies.

Sunday, January 9 2011

Head Trips and Virtual Life in the Films of 2010

Many of 2010's best triumphed not by rejecting the artifice or fantasy of filmmaking or gaming or dreaming, but by hopping between worlds, ever beginning.

Sunday, January 6 2008

The Best Film Obsessions in 2007

Whether by luck or some kind of hive rejuvenation, 2007 saw a whole lot of terrific American movies.

Sunday, January 7 2007

The Year in Crime

The best four films of the year are all essentially crime pictures. Though they are stylish, none could be deemed pulp, or at least not in the Tarantino/Rodriguez sense of the word.


Tuesday, April 12 2011

Jim Carrey's Brilliant Dark Side

The Cable Guy and I Love You Phillip Morris show what Jim Carrey is capable of when no one is watching.


Tuesday, March 10 2015

'Whiplash' Isn't Merely a Vehicle for J.K. Simmons

Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons turn music performance into a battle of espionage and counter-espionage under cover of darkness.

Friday, February 27 2015

'Maps to the Stars' Brings Back Some Classic Cronenberg Horror

While not in the vein of Cronenberg's classic body horror thrillers, the bleak showbiz satire Maps to the Stars could well be a horror film after all.

Thursday, February 26 2015

'Lucy' Entertains Despite Its Stupid Science

Lucy's idea of science is akin to a stoner complaining about how math doesn't really exist, but it does have an audacity that many sci-fi thrillers in the present day lack.

Thursday, February 5 2015

'Left Behind' Would Have Been Better Left Behind

This Christian "blockbuster" thriller is a movie that looks and sounds significantly lower-rent than even the other low-rent thrillers Nicolas Cage has been doing lately.

Tuesday, January 20 2015

Season Three of 'Girls' Might Be Its Strongest Yet

Much like its closest television contemporary, Mad Men, Girls comes alive through character detail rather than plot.

Drive Angry 3D [27.Feb.11]
Just Go With It [13.Feb.11]
Breaking Upwards [1.Apr.10]
Chloe [25.Mar.10]
The Informant! [3.Mar.10]
Public Enemies [3.Feb.10]
Legion [26.Jan.10]
Jennifer's Body [14.Jan.10]
It's Complicated [22.Dec.09]
A Serious Man [10.Dec.09]
The Box [8.Nov.09]
Surrogates [27.Sep.09]
Away We Go [27.Sep.09]
Cutthroat Island [27.Aug.09]
In the Loop [6.Aug.09]
Bad Lieutenant [2.Aug.09]
Passengers [12.May.09]
Notorious [23.Apr.09]
Australia [12.Mar.09]
Lakeview Terrace [4.Feb.09]
Step Brothers [7.Dec.08]
Married Life [23.Sep.08]
Pathology [22.Sep.08]
Harold [15.Sep.08]
TV Funhouse [3.Sep.08]
The Onion Movie [15.Jun.08]
Semi-Pro [11.Jun.08]
Cleaner [1.Jun.08]
Hitman [18.Mar.08]
Revolver [16.Mar.08]
Wedding Daze [30.Jan.08]
The Simpsons Movie [20.Dec.07]
The TV Set [7.Oct.07]
Face/Off [12.Sep.07]
30 Rock - Season 1 [11.Sep.07]
Blades of Glory [9.Sep.07]
Pathfinder [21.Aug.07]
The Ten [6.Aug.07]
Veronica Mars [28.May.07]
The Quiet (2005) [12.Feb.07]
Beerfest (2006) [28.Aug.06]
9 Songs (2005) [28.Jul.05]
Veronica Mars [16.May.05]
Sideways (2004) [4.Apr.05]
De-Lovely (2004) [25.Jan.05]
Dig! (2004) [30.Sep.04]
Saved! (2004) [27.May.04]
Big Fish (2003) [7.Jan.04]
The Cooler (2003) [10.Dec.03]
Cool World (1992) [16.Nov.03]
Hook (1991) [14.Sep.03]
The Whole Bean [1.Sep.03]
Party Girl (1995) [29.Jun.03]
The Simpsons [31.Dec.94]
Veronica Mars [31.Dec.94]
Lost [31.Dec.94]


Monday, December 7 2009

The Complete Monty Pythons Flying Circus: Collectors Edition Megaset

The Complete Monty Pythons Flying Circus: Collectors Edition Megaset - A&E Home Video [$159.99]

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