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Monday, August 25 2003

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.


All the Real Girls (2002)

'David and I are not smart enough to come up with a character that's as complex as Zooey is.'"


Sunday, August 17 2003

Various Artists: The Revenge of the Robots [DVD]

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Monday, August 11 2003

The New Avengers ‘76: Season One

Macnee is as winsome and disarming as ever, so much so that when Steed gets play -- and he does -- it's easy to see why.


Silverlake Life: The View from Here (1993)

Shortly after he and his lover Mark Massi were diagnosed with full-blown AIDS, filmmaker Tom Joslin began a film and video diary of their experiences.


Irréversible (2002)

Moved by fury and frustration, Marcus and Pierre take what appears to be the film's most overtly potent decision.


The Hunted (2003)

'For me,' declares Friedkin, just hearing the Dylan lyric spoken by Johnny Cash is worth making a film for.


The Honeymoon Killers (1969)

Manifests this ambiguity as hostility towards the murderers' victims.


Die! Die! My Darling! (a.k.a. Fanatic) (1965)

Tallulah Bankhead was a walking mélange of Southern grande dame bitchiness, unapologetic hedonism, and an in-your-face performance style.


Monday, August 4 2003

Frasier: The First Season

In Frasier's freshman season, those episodes pitting father against son are by far the most entertaining and touching.


The Whole Wide World (1996)

Filmed with all the trappings of a pastoral love story -- truly breathtaking Texas vistas and a lovely score -- 'The Whole Wide World' is, ultimately, anything but.


La Femme Nikita (1990)

If Nikita's appetites are boundless, so is her distrust.


Better Than Sex (2000)

Jonathan Teplitzky's 'Better Than Sex' is more froth than substance, copulation as cappuccino.


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