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Monday, November 17 2003

Le Coup de Grâce (1976)

Caught in the middle, Sophie is the perfect human embodiment of the middle world she inhabits.


Cool World (1992)

The doodles are all bulbous heads, puckered lips and low-slung Cro-Magnon shoulders.


Afterglow (1997)

Julie Christie's ageless beauty brings more than sufficient radiance to Afterglow.


Monday, November 3 2003

The Family Guy, Vol. 2 (Season 3)

While The Family Guy's humor often obliterates the boundaries of good taste, it also espouses faith in the American Family.


Whale Rider (2002)

Pai comes into her own by juggling expectations and desires.


A Decade Under the Influence (2003) - PopMatters Film Review )

'Steal from us,' Coppola tells today's young directors. It's more than a shame that this is all that's left for anyone to do.


The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

Featuring the long-lost complete version of the film, Criterion's magnificent DVD of The Devil and Daniel Webster illustrates contrasts between Heaven and Hell.


The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

'As a result of their immoral acts, the young people were corrupted, totally. They'd grown up with this kind of violence and were uncontrollable.'"


Tuesday, October 21 2003

28 Days Later (2002)

In time for Halloween, Fox has released the DVD of 28 Days Later, a frankly brilliant and scary scary movie.


Rudy (Deluxe Edition) (1993)

The racialized ideology that informs Rudy is made more pronounced by the racial discourses of today's sports.


Respiro (2002)

Respiro, as its title suggests, is about breathing, in a spiritual, vivacious sense.


Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

The extras in this two-disc set are ample and appropriately Python-y.


The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Director Paul Leni integrates German Expressionist techniques with the demands of the Hollywood system without compromising their effectiveness.


Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Illustrates the many complexities found in the relations between colonized and colonizer.


Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)

Whatever the writers' ambitious intentions for 'plot,' the movie is essentially a series of first, fabulous dance and stunts scenes, and second, zany costume changes.


Thursday, October 16 2003

Runaway Jury (2003)

Besieged by John Grishamish plot twisties, the actors in Runaway Jury do their best to fashion an emotional coherence.


Tuesday, October 14 2003

Wrong Turn (2003)

Happily, the DVD reveals that Eliza Dushku is as savvy and funny as you'd want the girl who played Faith to be.


Storyville (1992)

Bourbon Street may not necessarily be known for its martial arts instruction, but Storyville is willing to get a little strange when it needs to.


Drôle de Drame (Drôle de drame ou L’étrange aventure de Docteur Molyneux) (1937)

Marcel Carné acts like the perfect traffic cop, guiding his characters through one absurd coincidence after another.


Black Sunday (1977)

John Frankenheimer's 'Black Sunday' serves as something of a transition between 'New Hollywood' and the more spectacular films that came later.


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