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Monday, November 8 2004

Hooked: The Legend of Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell (2004)

'I mean, this guy,' says Master P. 'He used to jump over cars.'"


The Grissom Gang (1971)

Like his characters, Robert Aldrich went for broke, taking his audiences on a thrill ride that could be thoughtful and hair-raising at the same time.


Best of the Best (1989)

Dude, it's Eric Roberts. And he's the better of the two actors. It ain't happening.


Barbershop: DVD Collector’s Set (2002/2004)

The Barbershop movies focus their energies on familial feelings and communal inclinations, and Cedric's wily jokes.


Monday, November 1 2004

Walking Tall (2004)

Kevin Bray sees his Walking Tall as a series of fight sequences, a simplification that leaves it open to interpretation as a barometer of our political climate.


Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2003)

Under these conditions, the film suggests, another Florida is not only likely, but probable.


The Untouchables: Special Collector’s Edition (1987)

It's a story of a (nearly lone) lawman standing up against the bad guys, replete with a High Noon type showdown.


Michael Moore DVD Collector’s Set (2004)

Bowling for Columbine's most effective device is Moore's own lack of answers; he sets up argument after argument, only to see each one crumble in the face of evidence and reality.


National Lampoon Presents: Dorm Daze (2003)

Plays like the last two minutes of all the worst episodes of Frasier stitched together.


Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

'Actually,' Frank Coraci begins his commentary for Around the World in 80 Days, 'I never wanted to do a director's commentary.'"


Wednesday, October 27 2004

Straw Dogs (2004)

Perhaps David's decision is heroic, given the circumstances, but the accumulated images of his passivity remind the viewer that better choices.


Love Me If You Dare (2004)

The violence of their romance is striking, sometimes moving, and always disturbing, even as metaphor.


Friday the 13th: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan (1980-1989)

Like most slasher movie monsters, Jason's a victim as much as a killer, driven to express his rage in the only way he can.


The Fairly Oddparents: Channel Chasers (2004)

The Fairly Oddparents is damn funny, primarily because creator Butch Hartman speaks in a rapid patter of pop culture references.


Deadline (2004)

Watching the families of both the victims and the prisoners grapple with the enormity of their losses can be torturous.


Breakin’ All the Rules: Special Edition (2004)

All rules of attraction and self-definition are just off when it comes to the utterly beautiful and notoriously nice Chestnut.


Monday, October 18 2004

Tess (Special Edition) (1979)

It is the emphasis, in both Hardy's novel and Polanski's skillful adaptation, on Tess as an individual that makes her story timeless.


Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

The investigation into issues of patriotism and accountability in Judgment at Nuremberg resonates strongly with contemporary American politics.


Io non ho paura (2003)

Michele also loses faith in the adults who are supposed to look after him.


Intermission (2003)

Intermission repeatedly frustrates audience expectations.


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