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Thursday, July 20 2006

ATL (2006)

Chris Robinson says of Atlanta, "It's got a very negative history that it's trying to rewrite. It's a city in transition. I wanted Atlanta to definitely be a character that you can feel."


Wednesday, July 19 2006

Dazed and Confused: Criterion Collection (1993)

Criterion's DVD appreciates the film itself, without trying too hard to analyze or understand it, thank god.


Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2004)

These creatures are granted a simple choice: to do good, or bad.


Tuesday, July 18 2006

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

"The idea was to try to make the most real survival possible," says director Alexandre Aja, "Even if you're dealing with radioactive cannibal mutants."


Monday, July 17 2006

The Loved One (1965)

While much of the original outrage will fall flat on audiences raised on our current post-modern sense of mockery, there is still a great deal to enjoy in this early attempt at directorial dadaism.


Sunday, July 16 2006

Tsotsi (2005)

Director Gavin Hood says, "Tsotsi is literally on a track that he can't get off of, right down the center of the frame, with the city like a huge character that's indifferent behind him."


The Day of the Animals (1977)

An excellent slice of schlock made even meatier by the pseudo-social message and the acting chops of those involved.


Friday, July 14 2006

The Omen (1976)

For many, The Omen represents the final film in Hollywood's unofficial 'Devil Trilogy', a look at the rising cultural interest in Satanism that began with Rosemary's Baby (1968), and blossomed with the genre classic The Exorcist (1973).


Thursday, July 13 2006

Annapolis (2006)

Toward the end of 'achieving a balance' in the film, Justin Lin says, 'It was just basically a massage all the way through, from the writing to the production to the editing.'


Wednesday, July 12 2006

Electric Edwardians (1901)

The films of Electric Edwardians frequently indicate the broadening of the British Empire, in battles commemorated and colonialism championed.


Tuesday, July 11 2006

Winter Soldier (1972)

The men in Winter Soldier stepped forward, spoke truth to power, sought to expose policies and expectations that had gone terribly wrong.


Monday, July 10 2006

The Omen: 2 Disc Collector’s Edition (2006)

For many, The Omen represents the final film in Hollywood's unofficial 'Devil Trilogy', a look at the rising cultural interest in Satanism that began with Rosemary's Baby (1968), and blossomed with the genre classic The Exorcist (1973).


Electric Edwardians: The Films of Mitchell and Kenyon (1901-1905) - PopMatters Film Review )

The films of Electric Edwardians frequently indicate the broadening of the British Empire, in battles commemorated and colonialism championed.


Petulia (1968)

For its many commendable qualities -- qualities long recognized by a sizable cult of fans -- Petulia doesn't quite display cultural insight.


Friday, July 7 2006

We Jam Econo (2005)

If viewers of this film rush out in pursuit of Minutemen albums, the film will have accomplished its humble goal of paying tribute to one of the all-time great bands of the modern recording era.


Thursday, July 6 2006

Why We Fight (2005)

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson observes, 'I sometimes think many American leaders in civilian clothes would love to have Doberman pinschers whom they could release on eth world and then put back in their cages. They don't like the Dobermans to have PhDs and question their decisions.'


Wednesday, June 28 2006

Caché (Hidden) (2005)

Michael Haneke's movies are never easy. Instead, they set out complex, multi-layered problems, encountered by ordinary-seeming characters, sometimes worked out but more usually left unresolved.


Monday, June 26 2006

We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005)

If viewers of this film rush out in pursuit of Minutemen albums, the film will have accomplished its humble goal of paying tribute to one of the all-time great bands of the modern recording era.


Why We Fight (2005)

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson observes, 'I sometimes think many American leaders in civilian clothes would love to have Doberman pinschers whom they could release on the world and then put back in their cages. They don't like the Dobermans to have PhDs and question their decisions.'"


Annapolis (2006)

Toward the end of 'achieving a balance' in the film, Justin Lin says, 'It was just basically a massage all the way through, from the writing to the production to the editing.'"


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