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Monday, January 10 2005

High Art (1998)

Where other lesbian-themed films might ride the sweat-stained cliché for all it's worth, Cholodenko instead shows restraint.


Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Made in 1929, Un Chien Andalou is based on the exchange of 'dreams' between two young Spanish artists.


Anchorman—The Legend of Ron Burgundy Giftset (2004)

Will Ferrell's comedy is escapism as abstract art, a breathless retreat into the frenetic headspace of a 12-year-old boy.


Monday, January 3 2005

Wild at Heart: Special Edition (1990)

'The most rewarding thing about working with David,' says cinematographer Frederick Elmes, 'is helping him see the vision through.'"


How to Steal a Million (1966)

When Simon enters the picture, it doesn't take much (a few batted eyelashes and Audrey Hepburn in a nightie) for him to overlook her father's crimes.


Tuesday, December 28 2004

Nói albinói (Noi the Albino) (2003)

The desolate comedy made by this group of not-strictly professionals is extraordinary, in large part because, as Kári says, it asks viewers to 'use their own imaginations'.


Luther (2003)

This is the type of movie you can imagine history teachers embracing, on account of the facile and accessible way it tackles the subject matter.


Garden State (2004)

Natalie Portman brings to this sad, strange, vibrant girl her own remarkable, brilliant energy.


Animal Farm (1954)

I'd love to know what Orwell thought of this re-appropriation, if he felt the themes and intent were bastardized, if the CIA thing got his blood hot.


Wednesday, December 22 2004

Stander (2003)

Reasoning that 'a white man can get away with anything today,' Stander sets out to distract the police as well as show up their prejudice.


The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Demme's movie reasserts that the fabled U.S. political landscape isn't transparent or democratic, but instead, corrupted by the individuals who manage it.


King Arthur: Extended Unrated Director’s Cut (2004)

'The idea of these young boys being taken away from home at a young age... reminded me a lot of my own culture,' says director Antoine Fuqua.


Hi, Mom (1970)

It is slightly odd to see Robert DeNiro so young and handsome, giving a performance so deftly naturalistic.


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 03 (2004)

As our own physical reality becomes more entwined with virtual ones, Ghost in the Shell couldn't be more apt.


Farmingville (2004)

This searing documentary argues against the use of near-slave-level migrant labor, implying that the United States' economy would collapse without it. In making this case, the film indicts a first world population that doesn't want to do its own dirty work.


Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)

Amid all the overreaching, expensive, mostly tacky ambition of the summer's movies, it's good to see a B-movie that knows what it is.


Monday, December 13 2004

Top Gun: Special Collector’s Edition (1986)

One angle on this newness was the boys' deep friendships, masculine and competitive but also tender and intimate.


Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Uncomfortable with his abilities (they have come on him like a virus), Peter repeatedly returns to his central question: Who am I?"


The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

'When you do a love story as part of your film, you need to do a lot of love scenes, so we can see the lovers together,' explains Garry Marshall.


The Naked Jungle (1954)

What sets this Naked Jungle apart is a remarkably astute depiction of the collision of the sexes, in its addition of a mail order bride for the protagonist.


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