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Thursday, June 23 2005

The Wool Cap (2004)

Though Gigot harbors no real affinity for the tenants, he can't tell them when he's annoyed or out of sorts due to his being mute.


Wednesday, June 22 2005

Cursed: Unrated Version (2004)

'I guess there's no such thing as safe sex with a werewolf,' whines one victim.


Tuesday, June 21 2005

Lifeguard (1976)

A year-round California lifeguard, Rick Carlson (pre-gray Sam Elliott) has resisted the pull of others' expectations longer than most of us do.


Hostage (2005)

More disturbingly, Hostage is about the failure of certainty.


Monday, June 20 2005

Coach Carter (2004)

While the outcome is obvious (generic rules apply), Jackson is sharp and relatively restrained.


Friday, June 17 2005

License to Drive: Special Edition (1988)

So it's not Casablanca, but License to Drive does have its moments.


Crush (1992)

Crush conveys horror in a setting where eruptions of Otherness are barely contained, if also erratically effective.


Thursday, June 16 2005

The Olive Thomas Collection (2005 - PopMatters Film Review )

Long before OJ, James Dean, and William Desmond Taylor, the mysterious death of 25-year-old film star Olive Thomas caused a scandal in 1920.


Wednesday, June 15 2005

Heaven Can Wait: Criterion Collection (1943)

The newly dead Henry Van Cleave (Don Ameche) wants to be judged.


Tuesday, June 14 2005

Star Trek: Insurrection (Special Collector’s Edition) (1998)

Star Trek: Insurrection has been left without a defender of its particulars. I volunteer.


Friday, June 10 2005

The Nomi Song (2004)

It is the footage of Klaus Nomi that best demonstrates the immense talent and heart that lie beneath what could have been nothing more than nightclub kitsch.


Thursday, June 9 2005

The Machinist (2004)

Trevor is an image disappearing, more about reduction and loss than self-knowledge and identification.


Tuesday, June 7 2005

Richard Pryor: Stand-Up (2005)

More than anything else, Richard Pryor was a confessional artist whose monologues derived from his own chaotic and frequently self-destructive life, Brother Richard testifying from the lip of the abyss.


Friday, June 3 2005

Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (2004)

The very process of documenting freestyle is at once contradictory and ambitious, futile and crucial.


Thursday, June 2 2005

Malevolence (2004)

The movie toggles over into autopilot, following the flight path established years ago by John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper.


Tuesday, May 31 2005

Jules and Jim: Criterion Collection (1962)

'Truffaut had the dread of everything conventional. Above all, he detested the conventionality of the nonconventional,' Jean Gruault notes.


Friday, May 27 2005

Moog (2004)

Synthesizer pioneer/nice guy Bob Moog deserves a thorough, artistically bold biopic. Director Hans Fjellestad isn't up to the challenge.


Thursday, May 26 2005

Flame Trees of Thika (1981)

The filming oscillates uneasily between Masterpiece Theater lushness and National Geographic-style ethno-voyeurism.


The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)

Christopher Reeve's film seems geared less towards portraying the warts and all existence of a disabled person, than showing what can be achieved with a little selfless dedication.


Tuesday, May 24 2005

Around the Bend (2004)

Henry's instructions bring Turner and Jason to important landmarks that dredge up memories and force them to face events that have haunted their lives.


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