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Wednesday, October 12 2005

Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984)

Even though the series focuses on German suffering, it does not avoid German racism, anti-Semitism, and intolerance.


Tuesday, October 11 2005

Rockers (1977)

For the last 25 years, Rockers has passed the spirit of Roots, Rock and Reggae on to successive generations. A remastered and re-released DVD promises to continue its legacy.


Over the Edge (1979)

Revisiting Over the Edge is always an education, especially if you grew up watching it repeatedly, as I did.


Monday, October 10 2005

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

For all its possibilities -- and its crazily pleasant animations --the movie takes a more or less conventional narrative shape.


Wednesday, October 5 2005

Toy Story: 10th Anniversary Edition (1995)

Ten years on, much of Pixar's Toy Story, the first computer-animated feature film, is as sweet and smart as ever.


Rock School (2004)

Director/DP Don Argott is nothing if not enthusiastic about his film, Rock School, and all the choices that went into it.


Tuesday, October 4 2005

Layer Cake (2004)

Daniel Craig ensures that you see XXXX's mind wheels turning as he confronts each new impasse.


Monday, October 3 2005

So Wrong They’re Right (1993) - PopMatters Film Review )

However much one admires their chutzpah and the enthusiasm of their subjects, So Wrong They're Right proves to be more entertaining than edifying.


Friday, September 30 2005

Oldboy (2003)

Oldboy feels more like an existential drama by Ingmar Bergmann than a brainless action bloodbath.


Thursday, September 29 2005

The Transporter: Special Delivery Edition (2002)

The opening minutes establish the series as sort of quicker, cheaper version of Bond.


Mindhunters (2004)

While the accumulating bodies and declarations of motive are unclever, Mindhunters does make good (if not quite enough) use of LL Cool J.


The Committee (1968)

Yes, its soundtrack contains unreleased music by Pink Floyd, but this short '60s art film is worth watching on its own peculiar merits.


Wednesday, September 28 2005

Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)

While Hellworld is a pretty good generic horror movie, it is an abysmal Hellraiser film.


American Beer: A Bockumentary (2005)

The dedication that Paul Kermizian and his crew have to their beer is remarkable.


Tuesday, September 27 2005

Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

While Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie proved to be just a little scary for a two-year-old, the prospect of living with even one of Disney's Princesses for any length of time fills me with dread.


The Billy Nayer Show: The Early Years (1992-1994)

It's Cory McAbee's look, that Rat Pack meets rat feces façade, that wins us over.


Monday, September 26 2005

Experiments in Terror (2003)

It's rather like being invited over to watch David Lynch's home movies.


The Brown Bunny (2003)

The Brown Bunny remains a stubbornly disengaging film, daring you to dislike it.


Friday, September 23 2005

Gladiator: Extended Edition (2000)

It's a bad sign for your making-of doc when the most interesting folks to listen to are the studio weasels.


Friday, September 16 2005

Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

Simple, kind, honest, and unpatronising, Because of Winn-Dixie handles the friendship between Opal and her mutt quite perfectly.


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