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Monday, October 18 2004

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 02 (2004)

The story can be read as an oblique critique of mass media: brain-hacking literalizes the process by which our experiences are constructed by the powers that be.


Conquest of Space (1955)

Merritt's protests actually date pretty well -- contemporary liberal sensibilities often subscribe to the view that space travel is a continuation or extension of the colonial impulse.


Buried in the Sand: The Deception of America (2004)

Buried's real value is not as conservative propaganda, but rather, as a distilled example of conservative political spin.


Sunday, October 17 2004

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985 [DVD]

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Thursday, October 14 2004

The Rose Tattoo (1955)

All this overacting hardly dampens the film's efforts to grant weighty meaning to the rose tattoo.


Wednesday, October 13 2004

Homicide: Life on the Street: The Complete Season 5

It frequently expanded cop-show boundaries, occasionally gave in to suits in search or ratings, and most often, surprised fans and detractors alike.


Valentín (2002)

Agresti says, 'It's challenging, from such a little situation, to elaborate with details, without sensationalistic tricks and pyrotechnics.'"


Raising Helen (2004)

'Raising Helen's a happy, peppy picture, with Kate Hudson and her legs,' says Garry Marshall.


Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time (2002)

According to Goldsworthy, we must re-examine the mundane in order to break through our habitual and clichéd perceptions.


Nothing But a Man (1964)

Nothing But a Man remains a fascinating and uplifting document because its makers understood that, as worldviews, candor and hope are not mutually exclusive.


The Lost Boys: Special Edition (1987)

While director Joel Schumacher may not have made a perfectly genre-breaking, horror-comedy mix, he got the 'hip' part right.


Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

If Fahrenheit 9/11 is occasionally glib or unfocused, it is always angry and unafraid, and that makes it quite unlike the typically complacent news media and official bodies it targets.


Dead Leaves (2004)

Beyond the gross-out factor, Dead Leaves is also a self-consciously stylish orgy of animation aesthetics and techniques.


The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Even as it lays down a scary geopolitical scenario and a few partisan gauntlets, The Day After Tomorrow aims to please.


Tuesday, October 5 2004

The Simpsons Gone Wild

It's all harmless, but wince-inducing, like an embarrassing baby photo.


Star Trek Voyager: Season Four

One of the rewards of sitting through the fourth season is observing Jeri Ryan's evolution as an actor.


The White Dawn (1974)

While the indigenous people mock their guests as the spawn of dogs, they nonetheless save them from death and offer them shelter.


Saved! (2004)

'I think we've all had those moments in our lives where we question,' says Brian Dannelly.


Michael Moore DVD Collector’s Set (2004)

Moore states it plainly: brave young troops agree to fight and die, asking only one thing in return, that their efforts be justified and the people do so in good faith.


Deep Impact: Special Collector’s Edition (1998)

Mimi Leder's Deep Impact is both less and more than a science fiction-styled disaster melodrama.


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