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Wednesday, January 26 2005

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.


Paparazzi (2004)

Bo stalks the paparazzi with an obsessiveness that trumps their stalking of him -- but it's okay, because he's defending his family.


The Girl From Paris (2001)

The Girl From Paris details the ways that farming is lonely and difficult.


First Daughter (2004)

This is the film's premise, that Sam's existence is simultaneously ideal and outrageous, typical and desirable.


Code 46 (2004)

According to screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, 'The 20th century was the Freud century, and the 21st century's going to be the genetics century.'"


Bandit Queen (1994)

The camera is as restless and as relentless as its object, Phoolan Devi.


The Battle of Algiers: Criterion Collection (1967)

Things are never as simple as administrations would like us (and themselves) to believe.


Sunday, January 16 2005

Morcheeba: From Brixton to Beijing [DVD]

Of all the acclaimed groups birthed by the 'Bristol' trip-hop sound of the early '90s -- an exclusive group that includes such unquestionable luminaries as Massive Attack, Smith & Mighty, Tricky and Portishead -- Morcheeba have always been considered the underachievers.


Goldfrapp: Wonderful Electric: Live in London [DVD]

Goldfrapp is one of the finest musical talents to have emerged in the first half of this decade.


Monday, January 10 2005

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

The first black Heavyweight Champion of the World, 1908 to 1915, Jack Johnson was rowdy, smart, rebellious, and proud.


Prisoner: Cell Block H - 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Women in prison. What wonderful, wanton images those three words conjure up.


Home Improvement: The Complete First Season

Tim's determination to add 'more power' to every household appliance or gardening tool speaks to his skewed sense of what it means to be a man.


Hermitage Masterpieces

The Hermitage represents the climax of the Russian aristocracy's longtime fascination with Europe.


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