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Monday, September 15 2003

The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2001)

Shackleton does manage some spectacular feats against dire odds, which is why the story of his expedition is so tailor-made as dramatic spectacle.


By Brakhage: An Anthology - PopMatters Film Review )

If we call Stan Brakhage's films 'experimental,' it's because no other filmic term fits his style.


Tuesday, September 9 2003

24: Season 2

'This is a red meat show. People kill people and go eat a sandwich right after.'


Nobody’s Fool (1994)

Paul Newman plays Donald 'Sully' Sullivan, a shiftless 60-year-old forever dodging his responsibilities.


Lost in La Mancha (2002)

What will most surely whet fans' appetites are the DVD's two 50-minute interviews with Terry Gilliam.


Identity (2003)

As James Mangold neatly puts it, these characters are running along 'a kind of Möbius strip of hell.'"


Double Vision (Shuang Tong) (2002)

Shows how the struggle to see and know is an increasingly complex and global one.


The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

Jake is a '70s-style father, kindly but determined to teach worthy lessons even when he feels his child/dolphin's pain.


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.'"


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