Short Ends and Leader

August 2008

Babylon…and On

Mathieu Kassovitz is livid. Not just angry, mind you, but completely pissed off. After five long years of planning and praying, after months of harsh


“Hamlet’ Rotten for Wrong Reasons

There is nothing wrong with earnestness. Trying too hard usually validates the effort. But when it comes to comedy, being obvious can often lead to


Gore vs. Gore

The late Gene Siskel once said that if filmmakers want to remake a film, they should focus on the junk. Why update a classic, he


Wither Paul W.S. Anderson?

Why do film fans hate Paul W.S. Anderson? The answer is as hard to define as his failures as a director.


Brand Upon the Brain!: Criterion Collection

One imagines that if you gave Canadian auteur Guy Maddin a mainstream movie script and a cast of well known celebrities, he would still wind


Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? (DVD)

Can context really change your opinion? Can the changing cultural or political tide turn one set judgment, especially when the item being discussed seems irretrievably


Friday Film Focus - 22 August, 2008

One more week, and it will all be over. Another tent pole, another bit of Monday money bragging, and Summer 2008 will be history. Before that,


‘[REC]’ Serves Up Some Serious Scares

It doesn’t happen that often, so when it does, it truly is cause for celebration. The horror genre has been so blatantly mismanaged by


‘Race’ Racks Up Some Guilty Pleasures

Remakes are like those proverbial Tribbles in the classic Trek episode. Give them a creative inch - or in the case of Hollywood, a recognizable


Routine ‘Rocker’ Is Nothing New

Rock stardom is a standard personal fantasy. It represents two very elusive elements - the power that music has over all of us and the


July 2008

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Hitchcock's 'Suspicion', 'I Confess' and 'The Wrong Man' Return in Blu-ray

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"These three films on DVD from Warner Archives showcase different facets of Alfred Hitchcock's brilliance.

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