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Monday, July 25 2005

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.


Father of the Bride: 15th Anniversary Edition (1991)

Maybe it's asking too much for a lighthearted comedy to raise any significant questions. But it can't be asking too much to expect the film to make sense.


Monday, July 11 2005

Table For Five (1983)

Watching this 1983 tearjerker anew is a jarring, surprising experience.


Gunner Palace (2004)

'Maybe this whole war thing wasn't even true,' says Spc. Wilf. 'Maybe it's all burned into my mind now.'"


Friday, July 8 2005

Gone in 60 Seconds: Director’s Cut (2000)

The trailer for Gone is a particularly unpretentious distillation of the film's key elements.


Thursday, July 7 2005

Starting Over (1979)

Starting Over captures the sting of loving someone despite knowing he is going to break your heart.


The Good Father (1985)

Within minutes of its start, Mike Newell's The Good Father has thus established Bill's rage.


Wednesday, July 6 2005

Sling Blade - Director’s Cut (Miramax Collector’s Series) (1996)

Sling Blade is a piece of true Southern Gothic in the vein of Flannery O'Connor, Harry Crews, and (yes, I'll say it) William Faulkner.


Coyote Ugly: The Unrated Extended Cut (2000)

Melanie Lynskey, despite being underused in the film, says more with a couple of gestures and expressions than anyone else does with dialogue.


Tuesday, July 5 2005

Double Dare (2004)

Jeannie Epper actually stands for longevity, not retirement, the example that Bell might follow once all the bright lights disappear.


Bride & Prejudice (2004)

Lalita is daring independent whose education involves coming to terms with both her constraining heritage and her desire to fit in.


Friday, July 1 2005

Prime Cut (1972)

Prime Cut is like a giant absurdist painting.


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