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Wednesday, November 16 2005

The Fly (Collector’s Edition) / The Fly II (Special Edition) (1986/1989)

Timeless terror needs more than goop and glop. Only one Fly film even tried to get it right.


Tuesday, November 15 2005

Hondo: Special Collector’s Edition / McLintock!: Authentic Collector’s Edition (1953)

As pointed out in a making-of featurette, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara had such 'chemistry' in their films together that moviegoers took them to be a real-life couple.


Thursday, November 10 2005

Teorema (1968)

However much the camera lingers on Terrence Stamp's features or Silvana Mangano's heavily made up face, the characters remain corporeally opaque, more embodiments of ideas than urges and appetites.


Wednesday, November 9 2005

Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows (2005)

Frankly, having sat with my kids through Transformers, Pokemon, Hello Kitty, Bratz, and My Little Pony videos, the Bionicle series is a work of comparative genius.


Tuesday, November 8 2005

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Two-Disc Deluxe Edition (2005)

Tim Burton's movie is mostly perky, slightly edgy, and dully episodic.


Monday, November 7 2005

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)

Far from being a sermon, the movie is no bromide against girlish promiscuity, but a mature consideration of love found through 'unconventional' means.


Friday, November 4 2005

Batman Begins (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition with Comic Book) (2004)

Nolan's Batman is perpetually knotted up, unable to forget his dead parents, seeking a vague solace in his hard body's capacity for violence.


Monday, October 31 2005

We’re No Angels (1955)

Considering that the plot, such as it is, involves a pair of murders committed by Albert's poisonous viper, the jaunty tone doesn't seem appropriate.


Friday, October 28 2005

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Martin Scorsese's film is about Dylan's early life among the Mister Joneses of his era, ahead of rock and roll's learning curve and suffering the judgments of the slower kids in his class.


In the Shadow of the Stars: Members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus - PopMatters Film Review )

In most cases, the performers are doing what they do best -- performing. And so they resist appearing too vulnerable.


Thursday, October 27 2005

Bewitched (2005)

As Jack goes overboard in usual Ferrellian fashion, Isabel's insistence that he is the perfect mate for her go-normal plan never makes sense.


Amityville Horror (2005)

'Based on a true story,' notes Amityville Horror producer Brad Fuller as the so-designating title rolls. 'Already controversial.'"


Tuesday, October 25 2005

Melinda and Melinda (2005)

In Melinda and Melinda, full of women struggling to make their desires known to men who suppose they know what women want and mean, the women are infinitely less regular and more interesting.


Monday, October 24 2005

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

Angela Robinson says the movie shows the 'scope and the joy of being a contender, more than winning, necessarily.' That Herbie allows this 'scope and joy' for a girl driver is mostly delightful.


Friday, October 21 2005

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (1983)

Rarely does a director's cut reflect a vision 'truer' to a source text. But, like most everything else surrounding the picture, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel is quite an anomaly.


Thursday, October 20 2005

The Warriors: Ultimate Director’s Cut (1979)

The documentary DVD explores every detail of production and Hill's vision, so that the film, for this writer becomes something altogether new.


Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Diabolik and Eva rob from the old, snaggle-toothed, and ugly, as if their precarious self-esteem demands they humiliate those less genetically fortunate.


Tuesday, October 18 2005

Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) - PopMatters Film Review )

The film doesn't cover up the difficulties of losing, even when showing the exultation of winning. All these kids, all their experiences, matter.


Face (2004)

The same lyrical invention that propels Face's narrative also serves as a stark lesson in the importance of solid plotting.


Monday, October 17 2005

The Longest Yard: Widescreen Collector’s Edition (2005)

Given the prison's largely nonwhite population, Paul's friendship with Caretaker (Chris Rock) is invaluable in assembling the team.


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