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Prisoner of Paradise (2003) - PopMatters Film Review
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Prisoner of Paradise is a fitting rebuke to Life is Beautiful. Entertainment is a diversion, not a survival strategy.

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14 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

My Sister Eileen (1955)

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

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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'.

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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.

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14 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

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

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Bad Education (La mala educación) (2004)

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

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	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.

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	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.

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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.

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7 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

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.

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7 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Zero Day (2003)

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

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Whispering Corridors (1998)

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

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7 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Twentieth Century (1934)

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

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7 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Sideways (2004)

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

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7 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Spanglish (2004)

Téa Leoni sees the script as an example of Brooks' ability to 'pierce human truth and make it ooze for you'.

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7 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Elektra (2005)

Even as she might look toward a future, however, Elektra is all about the past.

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7 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Corporation (2004)

The film argues that today, corporations are the planet's dominant institution, such that their welfare, as individuals, takes precedence over all else.

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7 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Closer (2004)

This leads to titillation, judgment, desire, and commerce all around. How Howard Stern.

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	Various Artists: Burn to Shine: Washington DC 01.14.2004 [DVD]

A snapshot of Washington, DC's music scene on a particular day in 2004. Ted Leo, Ian MacKaye, Bob Mould and others give intimate performances in an empty house soon to be burnt to the ground.

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	Yes: House of Yes: Live from the House of Blues [DVD]

If you can ignore Yes's somewhat ridiculous stage habits, and the confetti, you'll find that this semi-recent live DVD shows that progressive rock, at its best, can atone for its sins.

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