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Thursday, March 31 2005

Desperately Seeking Seka (2002)

In 2002, Seka is a nice sharp pin ready to pop the balloon of ballyhoo surrounding her mythology.


Confession (Povinnost) (1998)

Visceral and at times brutal, it's a livid illustration of the effects of monotony and oppression on the spirit.


Bright Future (Akarui mirai) (2003)

One of the most attractive aspects of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's style is his implicit trust in his audience's intelligence.


Blue Chips (1994)

With the occasional exception of Shaquille O'Neal, the players here act like athletes, which is to say, badly.


Wednesday, March 23 2005

Yves Saint-Laurent: His Life and Times (2004)

As much as he ostensibly seems to be in denial about it, Saint-Laurent did bring a new level of aesthetic consciousness to segments of the consumer market where it hadn't before been.


Strangers When We Meet (1960/2005)

Strangers When We Meet is a melodramatic tale of extramarital unhappiness amongst fast-track suburbanites.


Purple Butterfly (2003)

It occasionally echoes the softer version of Casablanca, another film whose fatalistic interpretation of love is set among war-torn circumstances.


Laura (1944)

Waldo is so deliciously dark and mean-spirited, so loquaciously intolerant of those he deems beneath him, that he's delightful.


Koma (2004)

The film twists viewers in three directions before they have time to come down from the first.


I Heart Huckabees: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

The Special Edition is loaded with so much self-referential material and 'oh so clever' concepts that they threaten to make the movie into its own cult object.


I Am a Promise (1993)

Lacking the bias that makes Michael Moore's movies so popular, the Raymonds' film is more satisfying.


Footloose: Special Collector’s Edition (1984)

The dancing might be dated, but the film is not.


Finding Neverland (2004)

'Play' is a means to define childhood, to prolong mythic innocence, to grant nobility.


Alfie (2004)

Jude Law's performance is wholly charming and energetic.


Monday, March 7 2005

My Own Private Idaho: Criterion Collection (1991)

Mike and Scott live a strangely lyrical credence. Simultaneously inviting and resisting interpretation, they move on.


Ladder 49 (2004)

As he watches his firefighters guys bond and scuffle, director Jay Russell explains that he began the project with some qualms because of 'all the emotion involved with 9/11.'"


Lightning in a Bottle (2004)

For director Antoine Fuqua, it was clear that the right place to start a concert imagining the history of the blues would start with a song from Africa.


The Incredibles (2004)

Its snark makes The Incredibles one of those cartoons that mainstream, self-knowing adults might appreciate along with their kids.


Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

There's something about the loch, its deep dark water mystery and nightmarish symbolism, keeps us engaged.


The Boy Who Wanted to be a Bear: Collector’s Series Edition (2002)

The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear speaks to human ignorance of the animal world.


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