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Wednesday, February 2 2005

Shall We Dance? (2004)

'The fact is,' says director Peter Chelsom, 'I was very, very wary about remaking such a perfect original.'"


Pauly Shore is Dead (2003)

Decked out in his vintage gear, Rico Suave has been reduced to selling oranges with his young son on the side of a California highway.


Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

'This was a lot of joy,' says Bruce Sinofsky, 'To be in a studio with musicians and people you respect, and watch the creative process, but also to watch these people break themselves down to their essence and start rebuilding themselves was an inspiration.'"


The Intended (2002)

Its handheld verité style pulls viewers uncomfortably close to this band of humans struggling to survive their surroundings, as well as each other.


Fall Guy (Kamata Koshin-Kyoku) (1982)

Kinji Fukasaku's striking compositions remind us that the world of filmmaking is draped in a charade, an expertly plotted manipulation.


Tuesday, February 1 2005

Various Artists: A Tribute to Bill Evans/Tribute to John Coltrane [DVD]

Two tribute concerts to jazz innovators John Coltrane and Bill Evans respectively, available for the first time on one DVD, is at times both brilliant and highly puzzling.


Wednesday, January 26 2005

M*A*S*H: Season Seven (Collector’s Edition)

As long as Baby Boomers still roam the earth, M*A*S*H will probably always be showing somewhere on cable.


The Golden Girls: The Complete First Season

Their advice -- dished out to each other or the seemingly endless numbers of relatives and friends -- reveals dignity and shrewdness.


Wetherby (1985)

Crippled by their past and unable to function in the present, these characters represent what David Hare calls 'the part-emotional landscape that is England.'"


Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

Kevin Conran seems pleased to admit that he has never stepped foot inside Radio City Music Hall.


Resident Evil: Apocalypse - Special Edition (2004)

Paul W.S. Anderson says, 'For me, there is in modern times, a definite fear of loss of identity. And that's what the undead represent. They are the mass, there's no differentiation between them.'"


Predator 2: Special Edition (1990)

According to director Stephen Hopkins, 'Los Angeles, with all its glare and dust, felt like a Western town to us, sort of a mining town that had been shoved up really quickly.'"


Mean Creek (2003)

'This shot here... is like a window opening up onto this kid's world,' says Jacob Aaron Estes.


Late Night Shopping (2001)

Late Night Shopping makes no promises, because, you know, the open ending is much more honest in this age of cinema. And so what?"


De-Lovely (2004)

As legendary songwriter Porter, Kevin Kline's deft, unshowy performance contributes to the film's charm.


Alien vs. Predator (2004)

The monsters are functions of the franchise, but also vaguely resistant, less transparent than they seem.


Monday, January 17 2005

ABC News Presents: The Search for Paul

It's intellectual vanilla pudding; pleasant enough while it's going down but nothing you'd ever crave.


This So-Called Disaster (2004)

This So-Called Disaster is more impressionistic than comprehensive.


Species III (2004)

Following the law of diminishing returns, the straight-to-video Species III is the least effective entry in the trilogy.


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