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Monday, March 1 2004

Tricheurs (1983)

For Schroeder, gambling becomes a metaphor for the allure of the unknown.


The School of Rock (2003)

'I'm always going 10 miles too far over the top, and sometimes I have a tendency to go crazy ham and cheese,' says Jack Black.


Labyrinth (1986)

Sarah is the origin and end of the fiction, its cause and effect simultaneously.


Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Far too vast to be linear or inclusive, the Godzilla story is actually a lot of stories, many of them contradictory.


Annie (1982)

She may have been a multimedia moppet, skipping from comic strip to radio to Broadway, but Little Orphan Annie is no movie star.


Sunday, February 29 2004

Various Artists: 270 Miles from Graceland: Live from Bonnaroo 2003 [DVD]

With the ideals of Woodstock thrown out the window, music festivals have become more about corporate synergy than politics.


Warren Zevon: VH1 (Inside) Out—Warren Zevon: Keep Me in Your Heart

The power of the film resides in Zevon's directness. He never seems to forget that he's dying, yet he keeps his life from taking on either a romantic sheen or a pitiful skin.


Blue Man Group: The Complex Rock Tour Live [DVD]

It's a great concept: a rock concert that is layered in such a way as to act as a meta-commentary about rock concerts.


Monday, February 23 2004

The Complete UFO Megaset

UFO's primary appeal lies in its sometimes brutal battles between humans and aliens.


The Critic: The Complete Series

Jon Lovitz's alter ego allows for his two biggest strengths as a performer: sarcasm and ironic overacting.


Brooklyn South: The Complete Series

The first episode features the sort of graphic violence one would expect to see in an R-rated film.


Walk on the Wild Side (1962)

Edward Dmytryk makes fine use of the French Quarter's Byzantine ironwork, its shadowy foyers, and the Escher-like twists of its courtyards and balconies.


Spellbound (2002)

Failure is always just one letter away.


My Life Without Me (2003)

Her capacity for intense focus, as Polley observes, makes Ann seem unusual, 'incredibly efficient and practical'.


The Missing

At the first moment you see Maggie (Cate Blanchett) on screen in Ron Howard's The Missing, you know this is one of those Cate Blanchett tough-girl projects.


Lost in Translation (2003)

Lost in Translation one-ups its peers with better music, prettier shots, and a more charismatic lead, but its racism is all the more insidious for being wrapped in a pleasing package.


The Fighting Temptations (2003)

The most impressive extra on the DVD of The Fighting Temptations is a selection of 'extended music numbers'.


Death: A Love Story (1999)

Le Brun's voiceover catalogues her own reactions: anger at the doctors' indifference, frustration, and at last, acceptance.


Tuesday, February 10 2004

SpongeBob SquarePants: Seascape Capers

Unlike cartoons that target adults, SpongeBob doesn't employ cynicism, crude humor, sarcasm, or biting social commentary.


A Charlie Brown Valentine

Snoopy is the kids' only reliable chaperone and role model, and manages to tag along even on the most dog-inappropriate excursions.


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