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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.


Wednesday, September 14 2005

Witness: Special Collector’s Edition (1985)

Bemused at times, Detective John Book is nonetheless captivated by the Amish community's simplicity, its decency, and its ability to thrive despite its antiquities.


Tuesday, September 13 2005

Memories of Murder (2003)

Memories of Murder not only brings a fresh perspective to the forensics subgenre, but also thoughtfully considers Korea's political framework.


Cypher (2002)

Just like the spies' mission as they hunt for secrets and significance inside massive corporate databanks, this film's point is unclear.


Friday, September 2 2005

Bigger than the Sky (2005)

Bigger than the Sky starts off with its heart in the right place and ends up with almost none at all.


Thursday, September 1 2005

Slim Susie (2003)

Thanks to globalization, DVDs, and satellite TV, American imagery (more specifically, indie imagery) has worked its way into almost all foreign film. The Swedish Slim Susie is a beneficiary of this cinematic crosspollination.


Wednesday, August 31 2005

Sahara (2005)

Then they get to the Dirk part, that is, their much-considered intentions for their hero, their plans to create the 'dynamic of Dirk'.


The Arthur Dong Collection: Stories from the War on Homosexuality (2005)

The documentary clearly shows that the 'war on homosexuality' is far from over.


Tuesday, August 30 2005

Clueless: Whatever! Edition (1995)

When I first read I just thought, this is funny. This was by the lady who directed Fast Times and apparently they had the girl from the Aerosmith videos in it.


Monday, August 29 2005

Tommy Boy: Holy Schnike Edition (1995)

It seems odd that this well-executed formula buddy comedy would have such a tortured birthing process.


Friday, August 26 2005

Sorum (2001)

Sorum might be best described as a ghost story, but without ghosts.


Thursday, August 25 2005

The Errol Morris DVD Collection (2005) - PopMatters Film Review )

Errol Morris' documentaries are strange, perfect journeys.


Wednesday, August 24 2005

XXX: State of the Union: Special Edition (2005)

D quotes Tupac -- 'Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal' -- and hip-hop saves the nation.


Tuesday, August 23 2005

The Truman Show: Special Edition (1998)

You want the happy ending and Truman's self-assertion, even if that desire is shaped by those ideologies and ideals marketed by both Truman Shows.


Monday, August 22 2005

The Red Tent (1971)

The 1971 Sean Connery film recounts the true story of an ill-fated 1928 expedition to the North Pole. In a dirigible.


A Lot Like Love (2005)

The Ashton Kutcher vehicle tries to make use of its stars' appeals, structuring a regular romantic comedy out of charmingly imperfect, well-performed moments.


Friday, August 19 2005

Tying the Knot

Tying the Knot makes a passionate plea for same-sex marriage rights.


Wednesday, August 17 2005

Wishing Stairs (2003)

This is a gorgeous piece of work with superior production values, a mystical, haunting score, and superb young actors.


Tuesday, August 16 2005

Sin City (2005)

Like the guys, the girls are undone by their reliance on conventional male power signs.


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