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Monday, April 14 2003

Living in Oblivion (1995)

Living in Oblivion's fine cast works together like a dream.


Gang Tapes (2002)

The majority of Gang Tapes is framed through Kris' camera; it is his eye -- and ours -- on his world.


The Eighteenth Angel (1997)

And with that, the film's innocence-versus-evil course is set.


The Cook and Other Treasures (2003)

Both films showcase Fatty Arbuckle's talents for physical comedy.


Monday, April 7 2003

Inside Islam

Points out that the Qur'an refers to Christians as 'fellow people of the book.'


Paid in Full (2002)

It's not a standard issue dealer movie, featuring strong performances, a shrewd narrative structure, and subtle, smart resistance to stereotypes.


Wednesday, April 2 2003

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

The film is full of perfectly executed scenes.


Maid in Manhattan (2002)

Jennifer Lopez has made a lucrative habit of reprising her story in most of her fictional incarnations.


The Killers (1946)

The line between victims and violators is almost erased, now that playing by the rules seems little more than an antiquated affectation.


Entertainer’s Basketball Classic at Rucker Park: The Second Season (2003)

The players at Rucker Park feel like 'superheroes,' and they've got the nicknames and convention-defying games to prove it.


The Awful Truth (1937)

Never sappy, The Awful Truth is at once light on its feet and grounded at heart.


Tuesday, March 25 2003

Virus: Virus Buster Serge, Volume 1

The sheer number of questions director Masami Obari piles on makes us wonder if even he knows what's going on.


All in the Family: Second Season

In the case of All in the Family and Sanford and Son, 'groundbreaking' is not an overstatement.


You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

Reveals the liberation offered by non-alienating work and examines the matrices between class and gender, as few other films do.


In a Lonely Place (1950)

Put simply, the eyes cannot be trusted, not in film noir generally, and especially not in In a Lonely Place.


I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

The wealth of detail about gay life at the time and the often adverse public perception of homosexual behavior ensures Victim's lasting fascination as a social document.


Gloria (1980)

Cassavetes himself was not happy with his script.


Tuesday, March 18 2003

Once Upon a Time (1944)

On its surface a classic fairytale, it can also be read as commentary on Hollywood's role in wartime America.


Making the Misfits (2001)

There's a cautionary tale in the notion that life sometimes imitates art enough to destroy both, and this piece might have striven harder to assess which is the greater American tragedy.


Joe and Max (2002)

Meditates on the space these celebrity athletes occupied for their respective societies, serving as reluctant folk heroes and symbols for their nations.


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