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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.


Monday, August 15 2005

The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2004)

Christophe Barratier's Les Choristes demonstrates that French directors can challenge America's best in the saccharine stakes.


The Bottom of the Sea (El Fondo del Mar) (2003)

The Bottom of the Sea is a thriller, but not for the usual reasons.


Friday, August 12 2005

Power Rangers: SPD - Joining Forces: Volume 1 (2004)

While CG was sweeping American cineplexes, other parts of the world still worshipped at the shrine of pen and ink.


Thursday, August 11 2005

The Secret Garden (1975)

This Secret Garden is so faithful to the novel that it plays as a live-action picture book.


Wednesday, August 10 2005

Alexander: Director’s Cut (2004)

Oliver Stone calls his Alexander 'a new genre, a masculine-feminine action figure,' more like Monty Clift and James Dean than Russell Crowe.


Tuesday, August 9 2005

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

When Landlady works in tandem with her husband, they form a stunning and loving pair of fighters, old school and raucous at the same time.


Fruit of Paradise (1970)

Chytilová starts by asking an interesting question: isn't it rational to eat from the tree of knowledge?"


Friday, August 5 2005

Sacred Planet (2004) - PopMatters Film Review )

This gorgeous IMAX film turns very different groups of people into a noble primitive mass.


The Naked Truth / Never Let Go (1958/1960)

Peter Sellers creates a calm-before-the-storm tension between this persona and later violent outbursts.


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.


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