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Wednesday, August 3 2005

Burden of Dreams: Criterion Collection (1982)

Complex, ambitious, inspired, Herzog here talks his way through the making of his movie with a remarkable self-consciousness.


Tuesday, August 2 2005

Unreal (2004)

Kudos to the cast, who capture the barely concealed irony of most reality shows: people appear as their 'unscripted' selves, but they are acting.


Guess Who (2005)

In this comedic refraction of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, by way of Meet the Parents and basic black-white buddydom, Ashton Kutcher's partner is Bernie Mac.


Monday, August 1 2005

Ryan: The Special Edition (2004)

Ryan Larkin is smothered by his own work, unable to meet others' expectations but still swamped by a desire to create.


The Street With No Name / House of Bamboo (1948/1955)

The men's relationship is rerouted through any number of bizarre set pieces, the sort of brilliant incongruity that Fuller loved to wreak.


Friday, July 29 2005

The Inheritance (2003)

In Ulrich Thomsen's brilliantly minimalist performance we see the dissolution of a weak man, a man unable to muster the self-possession necessary to control his own destiny.


Thursday, July 28 2005

The Dreams of Sparrows (2004)

Director Hayder Mousa Daffar had a dream, to make a documentary about his Iraq. Not, he says, the Iraq that he sees 'on the internet, on the news... bombs and explosions', but a country where people lived, and survived, and aspired for more.


Acacia (2003)

Director Ki-Hyung Par considers Acacia his personal statement on adoption in Korea.


Wednesday, July 27 2005

Twenty Bucks (1993)

Reflecting its long gestation period, Twenty Bucks seems ageless, its photography and art direction creating an ambiguous timestamp.


Tetsuo: The Iron Man - Collector’s Edition (1988)

Before you've had time to acclimate yourself to any themes and motifs, before you have any context, you've already been assaulted.


Monday, July 25 2005

The Jacket (2005)

Jack's experience fragments so radically and time turns so out of joint that you might think he's insane, as do his white-coated doctors.


Hukkle (2002)

Selling poison to the denizens of a small Slavic village, she's a one-woman Murder, Incorporated.


Friday, July 22 2005

Plethora (2005) - PopMatters Film Review )

It's billed as 'a documentary about stuff', but it's really about self-identity and interpersonal relationships, and how our personal belongings serve as extensions of our selves.


Thursday, July 21 2005

Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection (2005)

Bill and Ted have barely a brain between them and speak in brilliantly realized Surferese: they're that guy you know who still snickers at the double entendres in Van Halen album titles.


Wednesday, July 20 2005

Admissions (2004)

This near obsessive concern for Emily's well-being also limits Evie's experience, even her desire for experience.


Tuesday, July 19 2005

Tetsuo: The Iron Man - Collector’s Edition (1988)

It's porn of a particular sort, less arousing than hideous, but improbably, grimly titillating all the same.


Ice Princess (2005)

Corny as it must be, Ice Princess is substantially bolstered by Trachtenberg's appealing mix of eagerness and grace.


Monday, July 18 2005

Be Cool (2005)

The John Travolta movie starts off on the wrong foot and proceeds downwards.


Friday, July 15 2005

Sam Kinison: Outlaws of Comedy (1990)

Unfortunately, Sam Kinison: Outlaws of Comedy is the worst version of this wounded genius that ever existed.


Tuesday, July 12 2005

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Francis Ford Coppola's focus on his family, in the film and his memory, could not be more poignant or more public.


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