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Friday, May 13 2005

Volcano High (2001)

Instead of building to a final showdown, the movie seems one continuous climax that is completely exhausting.


Thursday, May 12 2005

The Partisans of Vilna (1986) - PopMatters Film Review )

The Partisans of Vilna allows viewers to enter the Vilna ghetto and the lives of its youthful defenders.


Wednesday, May 11 2005

Blade: Trinity: Unrated Version (2004)

All this stuff only emphasizes that the film is a mighty endeavor and the kids trained long and hard.


Tuesday, May 10 2005

The I Inside (2003)

You know something's wrong with your film when the most interesting thing in it is a 20-second scene featuring Robert Sean Leonard.


Hoop Dreams: Criterion Collection (2004)

The film is famous and respected for many reasons, not least because of the dramatic storylines it waves together so gracefully.


Thursday, May 5 2005

Teacher’s Pet (1958)

Gable here is grown older, alone, and confronting his own irrelevance at the dawn of the '60s.


The Specials: Specials Edition (2000)

Apparently, the production suffered from ego problems on set, similar to those bothering the characters.


Primer (2004)

As Shane Carruth notes, the time travelers are like 'kids in a clubhouse,' poking around because it's fun and vaguely new, which leaves them unprepared for what comes.


Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause: Noam Chomsky, Carol Chomsky - PopMatters Film Review )

Noam Chomsky is also a walking primer on how to be a public intellectual.


House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu) (2004)

While Zhang and Zhang's commentary track emphasizes the sheer effort that went into the film's production -- training, research, special effects work, hours on the set, physical hardships -- it also suggests the good time they shared.


Groucho: A Life in Revue (2001)

I knew what a Groucho Marx impression was before I knew who Groucho Marx was.


Beaches: Special Edition (1988)

Beaches is the Goliath of those epic '80s melodramas, squashing patience and dignity and tact.


Tuesday, April 26 2005

Undertow (2004)

Retribution leads to violence, such that the next generation of brothers, Tim and Chris, are tossed into yet another vacuum of fear, guilt, and suspicion.


Suddenly (Tan de repente) (2002)

In Diego Lerman's generous film, going bankrupt is an excuse for spending less time shopping and more time meeting potential friends and lovers.


In the Weeds (2000)

These moments serve no real purpose other than to let all us know all the kinds of hilarious and odd things that can happen during restaurant rush hour.


Full Frame Documentary Shorts Vol. 3 (2004)

For viewers, it's a chance to see works by emerging filmmakers in easily digestible, small chunks.


Darkness: Unrated Version (2004)

Ooky ambiguity is one thing. Incoherence is another.


Dig! (2004)

To the artist hell-bent on changing the world, little victories are never enough; there's always another person to reach, always another fire to start, always another convention to raze..


Bitter Victory (1957)

Perhaps the most vehemently anti-war film of its era, Bitter Victory has no time for Greatest Generation mythologizing.


Sunday, April 24 2005

Shadows in the Sun (2005)

Claire Forlani goes so far as to call Shadows in the Sun her Il Postino. Oy.


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