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Monday, June 14 2004

Night of the Living Dead: Millennium Edition (1968)

The casting of Duane Jones provides the film with a racial subtext, overtly linked to the social and political turmoil of late 1960s U.S.


50 First Dates: Special Edition (2004)

Always in the present, Drew Barrymore's Lucy is changed in an instant. And she's irresistible.


The Cliffhanger (2003)

Approaching The Cliffhanger like a series of short subjects encourages patience for a weak segment, as another is always around the corner.


Black Hawk Down: Superbit (2001)

Black Hawk Down illustrates well the absurdity and chaos of urban warfare: there's no ground to be won, no victory to be claimed.


Monday, June 7 2004

The Winds of War

Perhaps a new generation might learn something of the substance behind the headlines by following the Henrys around the world of 65 years ago.


Spider-Man: Deluxe Edition (2003)

On screen, Spider-Man necessarily becomes more literal, less imaginative.


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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