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Tuesday, January 13 2004

L’Auberge Espagnole (2002)

Like many 24-year-olds, Xavier has a jumble of ideas in his head.


Tuesday, December 23 2003

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons of Robert S. McNamara (2003) - PopMatters Film Review )

It is a most provocative, potent, and important film. And as the current war against and occupation of Iraq continue, the film looms like a kind of shadow, an increasingly alarming cautionary tale.


Monday, December 15 2003

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Johnny Depp spent time learning to swordfight, so that Captain Jack Sparrow could be poised and everready -- in a word, the Muhammad Ali of swordfighters.


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

Allan Quartermain is complex, to be sure, resenting imperialism even as he embodies it.


The Great Gatsby (1974)

Raises a perennial question: if they can make a decent movie out of The Bridges of Madison County, why not a great one out of one of the best novels of the 20th century?"


Freaky Friday (2003)

Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan bring an appealing mutual affection to the remake of Freaky Friday.


The Edge of the World (1937)

Michael Powell's work reveals the unshakable conviction that film should overwhelm the audience with an artist's deliberately crafted vision.


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.


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