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Monday, June 30 2003

Ronald Reagan: A Legacy Remembered

'One of the things about the Presidency is that you're somewhat apart.'


Charlie’s Angels: The Complete First Season

As one fan observes, 'Charlie's Angels' represented an 'escape from traditional feminine constraints, at least as far as '70s television was capable.'


There’s Something More About Mary (1998)

It's easy to deride the Farrellys' work, to dismiss their brand of humor or their dogged efforts to be 'politically incorrect.' Still, they serve more substantive functions than dosing 12-year-old boys with chickens-up-the-butt jokes.


Party Girl (1995)

As Parker Posey dances around the library to a club beat, Daisy von herler Mayer's songless musical is briefly in full bloom.


Life and Debt (2001)

'One is always struck when in Jamaica, [by] the absolute beauty of the island in contrast with the poverty.'"


Love Liza (2002)

Phillip Seymour Hoffman defies the shallow gravity of Hollywood logic.


Kai Doh Maru: Kathleen McInerney, Bruce Winant, Flavio Romeo - PopMatters Film Review )

Wakabayashi's Kai Doh Maru is defined more by what it could have been than what it is, a potentiality.


Sunday, June 29 2003

Mötley Crüe: VH1’s Behind the Music: Mötley Crüe [DVD]

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Monday, June 23 2003

Cheers: The Complete First Season

Like Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable in 'It Happened One Night', Sam and Diane's sexual tension is channeled through their verbal sparring.


Two Evil Eyes (Due occhi diabolici) (1990)

Romero's films often feature a family that is fragile, a prime target for destructive forces.


Three Colors Trilogy: Blue, White, Red (Trois Couleurs: Bleu, Blanc, Rouge)

Taken together, Blue, White, and Red are a visionary swan song for one of European cinema's most poetic moralists.


Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Deftly rearranges any number of generic conventions, from romantic comedies, musicals, and melodramas with happy endings that can't make sense but seem inevitable and necessary.


Narc (2002)

Both Henry and Nick are addicted, in different ways, to the job, the adrenalin it churns up.


The Crazies (1973)

For Romero, the monsters of our imagination always coexist with the products on the shelves at the Five & Dime.


The Believer (2001)

The film's about the human impetus toward contradiction, about our need to exercise those contradictions, to live them.


Sunday, June 22 2003

The Police: Every Breath You Take: The DVD

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Tuesday, June 17 2003

S.W.A.T.: The Complete First Season

When the regular police force are in trouble, they call S.W.A.T.


The Greatest ‘70s Cop Shows

You've got righteous heroes, nasty villains, police being called 'pigs' or 'the fuzz.'


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fourth Season

That is, the season that many fans have called out as disjointed and erratic, maddening and disappointing. To a point, the complaint is justified, as Joss Whedon and company tend to concede. But only to a point.


Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Director Stuart Baird seems to be chasing the glory of Wrath of Khan, but those parallels leave the newer film feeling sort of like a cover band.


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