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Monday, September 22 2003

The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

John Malkovich and Javier Bardem shed welcome light on their thinking about this sophisticated meditation on terrorism, trust, and desire.


Sunday, September 21 2003

Pink Floyd: Classic Albums: Pink Floyd—The Dark Side of the Moon [DVD]

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: God Is in the House [DVD]

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Monday, September 15 2003

Targets (1968)

Draws parallels between Bobby and Charles Whitman, though there's a much larger issue at stake: the availability of guns, at the root of the rise of violence in America.


Hook (1991)

Hook is thoroughly watchable, often amusing, fitfully entertaining.


Enough (2002)

The first bit of news I heard on waking up this morning was that the wedding was off.


Enigma (2001)

Michael Apted speaks of his intent to make the country appear 'beautiful' and, consequently, we're spared shots of bombed-out London or casualties of any kind.


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.


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