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Monday, December 15 2003

Eraserhead (1977)

Whatever it 'means,' Eraserhead makes clear that no one since the glory days of pre-color Hollywood understands the dramatic power of monochrome moviemaking better than David Lynch.


Tuesday, December 9 2003

Victory at Sea

In 1952, Victory at Sea not only sold new televisions, but a new conflict as well.


Winged Migration (2001) - PopMatters Film Review )

Some of the images presented here are so astonishing and exquisite that one can hardly believe that they came from unaltered wild animal footage.


The Sea is Watching (Umi wa miteita) (2002)

Akira Kurosawa, the man who made Yojimbo and Ran, casts a long shadow -- sometimes even over the stories he tells.


Gigli (2003)

It's tempting to imagine what extras might have been like for a Gigli DVD, given that the film received what had to be the most vehement critical drubbing of any released this past year.


The Dark Crystal (1982)

It's ability to inspire terror is indicative of its creators' amazing craftsmanship.


Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

Draws much of its visual and dramatic effectiveness from Preminger's intelligent use of the screen process of the 1950s, Cinemascope.


Bad Boys II (2003)

In almost every way, Bad Boys II is larger, louder, and longer than the original. It is also more of the same.


Monday, December 8 2003

Various Artists: Blues Story [DVD]

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Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Plays Berkeley [DVD]

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Thursday, December 4 2003

Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2003)

With a Grammy, dozens of connections to other media, the best-selling album on the Internet, legions of fans, and a 20-year music career, it's hard to think of TMBG as anything other than gigantic.


Monday, December 1 2003

The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes

Watch an episode of The Honeymooners and you will understand why the 1950s is remembered as the 'Golden Age of Television.'


X2: X-Men United (2003)

At once all powerful and utterly powerless, this involuntary terrorist is the first mutant you meet in X2.


The Out-of-Towners (1970)

The real peril, though -- the one preceding all the others -- is that if you let it, the city can steal your thoughts.


The Mondo Cane Collection (1962-1971) - PopMatters Film Review )

Most everything in The Mondo Cane Collection is unconventional, from subject matter to editing and direction.


The Marrying Kind (1952)

Hollywood did not allow Holliday to display the full range of her talent and intelligence; most of her roles were variants of the 'dumb blonde'.


Millennium Actress (2003)

Memory fuses with fiction and history, and both are subordinated to Chiyoko's overwhelming drive to fulfill a girlhood desire.


Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

It was one of Melville's most commercially successful features, which comes as little surprise considering the pedigree of its stars.


Amateur (1994)

Its strengths lie not in this improbable plot, but in Hartley's challenges to conventions.


Alice in Wonderland (1966)

Trapped by time, engaged in meaningless caucuses until they're utterly spent, the adults here are really just interested in beheading each other.


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