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Sunday, April 17 2005

Nat King Cole: When I Fall in Love: The One and Only [DVD]

On the demise of the Nat 'King' Cole Show, the star famously remarked, 'Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark.' When I Fall in Love: The One and Only hardly rectifies or sheds light on this disgrace in American broadcast history. However, in focusing on the hits, the DVD highlights the beauty of Cole's music for both the casual and critical music listener.


Thursday, April 14 2005

The Woodsman (2004)

Director Kassell says, 'There's Kyra Sedgwick beating the shit out of Carlos Leon. I love this scene.'"


6ixtynin9 (Ruang talok 69) (1999)

Tum doesn't so much triumph over adversity as take advantage of idiotic and inept opponents.


Suspect Zero (2004)

Part derivative, part original, and part twisted, the film quotes obviously from other serial killer films, beginning with its first shot.


Short Cuts (1993)

Death, or that state 'beyond natural color', is Short Cuts' common denominator.


Runaway Daughters (1994)

It is your basic road movie, tracking three teenage girls who fake being kidnapped, steal a car, and skip town.


Prisoner of Paradise (2003) - PopMatters Film Review )

Prisoner of Paradise is a fitting rebuke to Life is Beautiful. Entertainment is a diversion, not a survival strategy.


My Sister Eileen (1955)

It is cinematic cotton candy, dissolving the moment it hits the tongue.


Last Life in the Universe (Ruang rak noi nid mahasan) (2004)

For Chris Doyle, the 'great challenge' is shooting any emotion, 'taking ideas and turning them into images'.


Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: Special Collector’s Edition (2004)

Based on three Snicket books, the film mostly takes the kids' perspective, and so delights in the gooey and the ooky.


Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Ambitiously humanitarian, the film uses Paul's plot to allude to the broader tragedy.


Bad Education (La mala educación) (2004)

Pedro Almodóvar's commentary is as seductive as his filmmaking.


Wednesday, April 13 2005

Rod Stewart: One Night Only: Rod Stewart Live at Royal Albert Hall [DVD]

He's doing what he wants to do, and if that appeals to both 20-year-olds and 80-year-olds, well, so be it.


Nanci Griffith: One Fair Summer Evening… Plus! [DVD]

A glimpse into Nanci Griffith's early days of promise as she stepped into the limelight with a live recording.


Thursday, April 7 2005

Sapphire and Steel: The Complete Series

We don't know their past, we don't know the extent of their connection, but we're in love with these characters.


Ellen: The Complete Season Two

We are more eager to see how Ellen is going to muck it up than to believe she's looking for a partner.


Zero Day (2003)

Coccio's movie looks both chillingly insightful and despairingly naïve.


Whispering Corridors (1998)

Whispering Corridors' ghost story comments on the harsh South Korean education system.


Twentieth Century (1934)

Twentieth Century reveals the self-consciousness of theater, its falseness and its glory.


Sideways (2004)

Amid the road-tripping and the boy bonding, it is Maya who resonates at last.


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