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May 2008

Vexed in the City

Revisiting Annie Hall the other evening, this critic was struck at how mature and well meaning the movie was. At the time of its release,


Genuine Class - Sydney Pollack (1934 - 2008)

He got his start like most pre post-modern moviemakers, via the still struggle medium of ‘50s/‘60s television. There, his approach was allowed to take


Re-Memorable: Ten Classic Spielberg Moments

In the world of weak analogies, Steven Spielberg is the Beatles of blockbuster movies. He literally invented the genre, reconstructed it when it went wonky,


Noriko’s Dinner Table (2005)

It’s hard for any film to bring something new to the standard dysfunctional family dynamic. Cinema has seen it all - disgruntled adolescents, adults


Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972)

When you think of motion picture taboo busting, the glorious efforts of the exploitation era instantly come to mind. No other film genre took the


Friday Film Focus - 23 May, 2008

The Summer onslaught continues, and for the weekend beginning 23 May, here are the films in focus:Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull


Cusack’s ‘War’ Wastes Satiric Opportunities

Quick - name the last really successful political satire? Was it Wag the Dog? Man of the Year? American Dreamz? Primary Colors? Perhaps you have


‘Postal’ Proves Boll’s Brazenness

Uwe Boll is no longer just a filmmaker. He’s become a cultural icon of the whipping boy variety. Granted, he’s earned every inch


Spielberg’s Skill Saves ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’

Icons earn their status by never changing. What they represented the moment they gained said mythos remains steadfast and sturdy, with only occasional minor alterations


Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Even for a preview audience, jazzed on free popcorn and the chance to catch a summer blockbuster days early, the waves of cheering and the


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