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Tuesday, March 18 2003

Half Past Dead (2002)

Ja is partnered with Steven Seagal, the fading action/martial arts star who not only refuses to go away.


Ciao! Manhattan (1972)

Sedgwick was one of the Tragic Muses, those women who did not so much make things happen as stand still and allow things to happen to them.


Auto Focus (2002)

'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.


Friday, February 28 2003

Good Times: First Season

In effect, J.J. became the comic relief from which there was no relief.


Tommy (1975)

The Who's rock opera Tommy still rocks.


Not of This World (Fuori dal mondo) (1999)

Giuseppe Piccioni is no cynic (or he pretends not to be), but he does have a healthy respect for the many ways in which people fail to come together.


Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)

For all the violence, Heavy Metal 2000's sexual iconography remains its major attraction, and that is mostly because it is everywhere.


Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964)

It is about kids played by adults, a comedy, a tragedy, a buddy movie, a heist picture, a romance, an exercise in style, and a paean to B-movies and American gangster films.


American Psycho 2: All American Girl (2002)

When the greatest compliment that can be paid a film is 'Shatner was good,' you know you're looking at a new depth of badness in contemporary cinema.


Thursday, January 30 2003

It All Starts Today (Ca Commence Aujourd’hui) (2000)

So physically vigorous is It All Starts Today that at times, it resembles an action picture staged before blackboards and on playgrounds.


Bounty Dog (1994)

There's much more going on 'outside' of the film . . . than inside it.


Thursday, January 23 2003

Herbie Hancock: Future 2 Future Live [DVD]

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Siddhartha (1972)

Justine contends with lascivious lesbians, foppish fags, and bombastic bullies at every turn.


Shoeshine (Sciuscià) (1946)

Focuses on the disintegration of a friendship between two Italian youths who fall victim to the state's juvenile detention system.


Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (2002)

Even though Sam Phillips recorded many black artists, there are hardly any, aside from Thomas, to be found in the film.


Tuesday, January 21 2003

ABBA: The Definitive Collection [DVD]

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Friday, January 17 2003

Invaders From Mars (1953)

We don't know what's out there, but we're pretty sure it isn't up to any good.


Thursday, January 9 2003

Miles Davis: The Miles Davis Story [DVD]

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Trapped (2002)

Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.


The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) - PopMatters Film Review )

Lotte Reiniger used film to... investigate the connections between past and present traditions.


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