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Thursday, April 14 2005

Short Cuts (1993)

Death, or that state 'beyond natural color', is Short Cuts' common denominator.


Runaway Daughters (1994)

It is your basic road movie, tracking three teenage girls who fake being kidnapped, steal a car, and skip town.


Prisoner of Paradise (2003) - PopMatters Film Review )

Prisoner of Paradise is a fitting rebuke to Life is Beautiful. Entertainment is a diversion, not a survival strategy.


My Sister Eileen (1955)

It is cinematic cotton candy, dissolving the moment it hits the tongue.


Last Life in the Universe (Ruang rak noi nid mahasan) (2004)

For Chris Doyle, the 'great challenge' is shooting any emotion, 'taking ideas and turning them into images'.


Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: Special Collector’s Edition (2004)

Based on three Snicket books, the film mostly takes the kids' perspective, and so delights in the gooey and the ooky.


Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Ambitiously humanitarian, the film uses Paul's plot to allude to the broader tragedy.


Bad Education (La mala educación) (2004)

Pedro Almodóvar's commentary is as seductive as his filmmaking.


Thursday, April 7 2005

Zero Day (2003)

Coccio's movie looks both chillingly insightful and despairingly naïve.


Whispering Corridors (1998)

Whispering Corridors' ghost story comments on the harsh South Korean education system.


Twentieth Century (1934)

Twentieth Century reveals the self-consciousness of theater, its falseness and its glory.


Sideways (2004)

Amid the road-tripping and the boy bonding, it is Maya who resonates at last.


Spanglish (2004)

Téa Leoni sees the script as an example of Brooks' ability to 'pierce human truth and make it ooze for you'.


Elektra (2005)

Even as she might look toward a future, however, Elektra is all about the past.


The Corporation (2004)

The film argues that today, corporations are the planet's dominant institution, such that their welfare, as individuals, takes precedence over all else.


Closer (2004)

This leads to titillation, judgment, desire, and commerce all around. How Howard Stern.


Monday, April 4 2005

Sideways (2004)

On the DVD, the actors gamely compete with self- mocking descriptions of themselves and each other.


Thursday, March 31 2005

V-Day - Until the Violence Stops (2004) - PopMatters Film Review )

The documentary reveals the profound relationship between the play and the cause.


A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Reds, blues, and purples slide along director Ji-woon Kim's canvas and it's impossible to look away, even when it's scary.


Spiritual Voices (1995)

Over five hours, such ostensible fealty to the sprawling rhythms of daily life makes for a rigorous and occasionally maddening viewing experience.


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