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Monday, June 7 2004

Stuck on You (2003)

While the initial twins material is weak, the Hollywood lampoon barely gets off the ground, and the love story is so lightweight, it practically floats.


Ned Kelly (2003)

Ned might have been a criminal in the eyes of the law, but to working class Australians he was a hero wrongly accused.


Monster (2003)

Aileen's changed self takes shape most immediately and vehemently in response to a psychotic-seeming john who declares his loathing of all 'hookers nowadays'.


City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002)

The film's most profound understanding is that the moral confusions shaping its protagonists are not particular to them, but surrounding all of us.


Das Boot (The Original Uncut Version) (1981)

It is a landmark event for connoisseurs of war movies, thrill-seekers, and lovers of consummate filmmaking.


Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

When Broomfield suggests that Aileen imagine causes for her behavior rather than focus on the punishment, she backs off.


Ali: The Director’s Cut (2001)

The bravest thing Ali does is to gesture toward, wonder at, and celebrate Muhammad Ali, and then let go of him.


Monday, May 24 2004

The Agatha Christie Megaset Collection

If you're a fan of probably the most popular murder-mystery author of the 20th century, welcome to the motherlode. Sort of.


Underworld: Extended Cut (2003)

Such contrasts make Underworld an especially good-looking vampire-werewolf-action film, even if it is over-the-top.


Secrets of Middle-Earth: Inside Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (2003)

Secrets' literary authorities are primarily interested in relating the text of Tolkien's work with the texts, so to speak, of his life.


Bubba Ho-tep: Limited Collector’s Edition (2003)

Combining conventions and clichés from Westerns and horror films, Bubba Ho-tep is as much about how stories get told as it is a story in itself.


Sunday, May 23 2004

Ween: Live in Chicago [DVD + CD]

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Sarah Vaughan: Swing Era: Sarah Vaughan [DVD]

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Peter Gabriel: Growing Up Live [DVD]

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Monday, May 17 2004

D-Day: The Total Story

Historian Stephen Ambrose relishes stories of GIs who, in the chaos of war and absence of a clear chain of command, trusted their own wits to accomplish their aims.


Artists of the 20th Century: Francis Bacon

There's no denying the power in Francis Bacon's work, metaphysical snapshots of a trip into a terrifying nightmare.


You Got Served (2004)

Though Chris Stokes describes the concept as 'Let's put West Side Story with Breakin',' the result is less inspired than such a brainstorm might sound"


Paycheck (2003)

'A true hero,' says John Woo on the commentary track for the Paycheck DVD, 'always reaches out a helping hand to others.'"


Japanese Story (2003)

Such immersion in Sandy's evolving perceptions shifts the film away from what would seem its generic romance outline.


In America (2003)

The semi-autobiographical tale of director Jim Sheridan considers the many complicated ways that 'America' works as idea and experience, the ways it engulfs, consumes, and produces its subjects.


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