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28 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Animal Farm (1954)

I'd love to know what Orwell thought of this re-appropriation, if he felt the themes and intent were bastardized, if the CIA thing got his blood hot.

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	Various Artists: Homesick Vol. 1 [DVD]

It brings together 13 videos from across the pop-punk and hardcore spectrum into one collection.

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27 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	George Harrison: The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 [DVD]

Harrison fans will certainly find enjoyment in watching this DVD, but knowing that it could've been so much more without a great deal more effort... that's just downright depressing.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Stander (2003)

Reasoning that 'a white man can get away with anything today,' Stander sets out to distract the police as well as show up their prejudice.

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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Demme's movie reasserts that the fabled U.S. political landscape isn't transparent or democratic, but instead, corrupted by the individuals who manage it.

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King Arthur: Extended Unrated Director’s Cut (2004)

'The idea of these young boys being taken away from home at a young age... reminded me a lot of my own culture,' says director Antoine Fuqua.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Hi, Mom (1970)

It is slightly odd to see Robert DeNiro so young and handsome, giving a performance so deftly naturalistic.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 03 (2004)

As our own physical reality becomes more entwined with virtual ones, Ghost in the Shell couldn't be more apt.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Farmingville (2004)

This searing documentary argues against the use of near-slave-level migrant labor, implying that the United States' economy would collapse without it. In making this case, the film indicts a first world population that doesn't want to do its own dirty work.

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Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)

Amid all the overreaching, expensive, mostly tacky ambition of the summer's movies, it's good to see a B-movie that knows what it is.

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	Mates of State: Two of Us [DVD]

Whoever wrote the blurb describing Two of Us as “a documentary made by a fan, for the fan” certainly won’t be accused of false

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	Dizzy Gillespie: Jivin’ in Bebop [DVD]

Why be predictable! One of the more curious aspects of the present DVD issue is that it allows actual sight of a very obscure, longtime

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Miles Davis: Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue [DVD]

Love them or hate them, the events documented in Miles Electric cast giant waves upon the jazz world that would be weathered for decades to come.

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Star Trek: The Original Series - Season Three

Star Trek remains enjoyable today in ways that other, similarly important or influential shows do not.

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13 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Seventh Season

Joss Whedon says, 'We sort of worship at the same altar. Me and my staff are the biggest Buffy nerds alive.'

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Top Gun: Special Collector’s Edition (1986)

One angle on this newness was the boys' deep friendships, masculine and competitive but also tender and intimate.

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13 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Uncomfortable with his abilities (they have come on him like a virus), Peter repeatedly returns to his central question: Who am I?"

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The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

'When you do a love story as part of your film, you need to do a lot of love scenes, so we can see the lovers together,' explains Garry Marshall.

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13 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Naked Jungle (1954)

What sets this Naked Jungle apart is a remarkably astute depiction of the collision of the sexes, in its addition of a mail order bride for the protagonist.

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13 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

I, Robot (2004)

'It's harder and harder to make straight-ahead sci-fi and straight-ahead comic book movies,' says Akiva Goldsman.

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