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Friday, August 19 2005

Tying the Knot

Tying the Knot makes a passionate plea for same-sex marriage rights.


Thursday, August 18 2005

Undeclared: The Complete Series

As Judd Apatow points out, 22 minutes is a challenging timeframe for developing characters, making jokes, and advancing the plot.


Wednesday, August 17 2005

Wishing Stairs (2003)

This is a gorgeous piece of work with superior production values, a mystical, haunting score, and superb young actors.


Tuesday, August 16 2005

Sin City (2005)

Like the guys, the girls are undone by their reliance on conventional male power signs.


Monday, August 15 2005

The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2004)

Christophe Barratier's Les Choristes demonstrates that French directors can challenge America's best in the saccharine stakes.


The Bottom of the Sea (El Fondo del Mar) (2003)

The Bottom of the Sea is a thriller, but not for the usual reasons.


Friday, August 12 2005

Father of the Pride: The Complete Series

Beyond the Roy factor, the likely reason for Father of the Pride's failure is that it's just a really odd show.


Power Rangers: SPD - Joining Forces: Volume 1 (2004)

While CG was sweeping American cineplexes, other parts of the world still worshipped at the shrine of pen and ink.


Thursday, August 11 2005

The Secret Garden (1975)

This Secret Garden is so faithful to the novel that it plays as a live-action picture book.


Lost in Space: Season 3, Vol. 2

These momentary failures of grammar betray a befuddlement at birth and death, that story of origin and destination without which humanness has little meaning.


Wednesday, August 10 2005

The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Second Season

While Barney's marginality reinforces Andy's norm by contrast, their coupledom is consistent.


Alexander: Director’s Cut (2004)

Oliver Stone calls his Alexander 'a new genre, a masculine-feminine action figure,' more like Monty Clift and James Dean than Russell Crowe.


Tuesday, August 9 2005

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

When Landlady works in tandem with her husband, they form a stunning and loving pair of fighters, old school and raucous at the same time.


Fruit of Paradise (1970)

Chytilová starts by asking an interesting question: isn't it rational to eat from the tree of knowledge?"


Friday, August 5 2005

Sacred Planet (2004) - PopMatters Film Review )

This gorgeous IMAX film turns very different groups of people into a noble primitive mass.


The Naked Truth / Never Let Go (1958/1960)

Peter Sellers creates a calm-before-the-storm tension between this persona and later violent outbursts.


Wednesday, August 3 2005

World Tour Poker: Bad Boys of Poker

It's hard not to see this behavior as showing off, even when hearing Phil Laak reflect on it during his commentary.


Burden of Dreams: Criterion Collection (1982)

Complex, ambitious, inspired, Herzog here talks his way through the making of his movie with a remarkable self-consciousness.


Tuesday, August 2 2005

Unreal (2004)

Kudos to the cast, who capture the barely concealed irony of most reality shows: people appear as their 'unscripted' selves, but they are acting.


Guess Who (2005)

In this comedic refraction of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, by way of Meet the Parents and basic black-white buddydom, Ashton Kutcher's partner is Bernie Mac.


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