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Tuesday, September 9 2003

The Core (2003)

While the film probably can't be recuperated, Jon Amiel's commentary on the DVD works some wonders of its own.


Bulletproof Monk (2003)

'The big challenge we faced in the beginning is that, in the comic book, the Bulletproof Monk really isn't in the comic.'"


Tuesday, September 2 2003

The Whole Bean

What comes through on this DVD set is Mr. Bean's staunch dedication to childishness, in the best possible sense.


Profiler: Season One

Profiler's first season was, for the most part, terrific -- innovative, socially progressive, emotionally complex.


The Best of Designing Women

The situation introduced at the start of each episode served as a catalyst for the women's discussions about issues that mattered to them, namely, their bodies, sex, and men.


I’m Going Home (2001)

Explores the ageless, ceaseless, and fruitless desire to find a place of peace.


The Europeans (1979)

The Europeans revisits the usual Merchant Ivory themes, most notably, culture clashes and individual desires to 'connect'.


The Devil Commands (1941)

Presents a concrete fear of technology blurring the line between life and death.


Monday, August 25 2003

The Clash: The Essential Clash DVD

It’s been 25 years since The Clash spat out their first stuttering chords, and London is a very different town to the one they set out to shake up and tear apart. Thank God, then, that their city and their legacy as the best British band since the Beatles has been captured so vividly on The Essential Clash DVD.


Raising Victor Vargas (2003)

Victor's story is at once mundane and delicate, familiar and fresh.


Naked Killer (Chiklo gouyeung) (1992)

Man-hating lesbian assassins take center stage in this exploitation joint.


Levity (2003)

'Levity' is by no means a standard Hollywood movie.'"


Israel - A Nation is Born (2003)

Most invested in showing how Israelis have struggled to create, protect, and sustain their nation.


Comedian (2002)

Comedian presents stand-up comics as working stiffs.


Bingo (1991)

Bingo's handful of good scenes usually have less to do with the dog than with humans who struggle with their inability to manipulate tools.


Bowling for Columbine (2002)

'John Ashcroft and his ilk are something to fear.'"


Monday, August 18 2003

xx/xy (2003)

Austin Chick's first feature, takes Coles' perspective -- as much as Coles has a perspective.


Santo & Blue Demon vs. Dracula & the Wolfman (1972)

Combining his worldly wrestling celebrity with a mythological aura, Santo ascended to another plane altogether.


The Good Thief (2003)

'I wanted to create a world that doesn't quite exist, you know, a world of nighttime clubs and nighttime criminality.'"


Big Trouble (1986)

Flimsy and frustrating, Big Trouble suggests that Cassavetes finally gave up on reality.


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