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Monday, October 18 2004

Conquest of Space (1955)

Merritt's protests actually date pretty well -- contemporary liberal sensibilities often subscribe to the view that space travel is a continuation or extension of the colonial impulse.


Buried in the Sand: The Deception of America (2004)

Buried's real value is not as conservative propaganda, but rather, as a distilled example of conservative political spin.


Thursday, October 14 2004

The Rose Tattoo (1955)

All this overacting hardly dampens the film's efforts to grant weighty meaning to the rose tattoo.


Wednesday, October 13 2004

Valentín (2002)

Agresti says, 'It's challenging, from such a little situation, to elaborate with details, without sensationalistic tricks and pyrotechnics.'"


Raising Helen (2004)

'Raising Helen's a happy, peppy picture, with Kate Hudson and her legs,' says Garry Marshall.


Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time (2002)

According to Goldsworthy, we must re-examine the mundane in order to break through our habitual and clichéd perceptions.


Nothing But a Man (1964)

Nothing But a Man remains a fascinating and uplifting document because its makers understood that, as worldviews, candor and hope are not mutually exclusive.


The Lost Boys: Special Edition (1987)

While director Joel Schumacher may not have made a perfectly genre-breaking, horror-comedy mix, he got the 'hip' part right.


Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

If Fahrenheit 9/11 is occasionally glib or unfocused, it is always angry and unafraid, and that makes it quite unlike the typically complacent news media and official bodies it targets.


Dead Leaves (2004)

Beyond the gross-out factor, Dead Leaves is also a self-consciously stylish orgy of animation aesthetics and techniques.


The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Even as it lays down a scary geopolitical scenario and a few partisan gauntlets, The Day After Tomorrow aims to please.


Tuesday, October 5 2004

The White Dawn (1974)

While the indigenous people mock their guests as the spawn of dogs, they nonetheless save them from death and offer them shelter.


Saved! (2004)

'I think we've all had those moments in our lives where we question,' says Brian Dannelly.


Michael Moore DVD Collector’s Set (2004)

Moore states it plainly: brave young troops agree to fight and die, asking only one thing in return, that their efforts be justified and the people do so in good faith.


Deep Impact: Special Collector’s Edition (1998)

Mimi Leder's Deep Impact is both less and more than a science fiction-styled disaster melodrama.


Bug (1975)

When the insects kill his wife, James follows the fate of most B-movie scientists and goes bonkers.


Wednesday, September 29 2004

Walking Tall (2004)

As the Rock puts it, 'If you wanna sit back and relax, and crack open a cold one, you sit back and relax. We're gonna be entertained.'"


Sniper 3 (2004)

While Sniper 3 is certainly a derivative action film, it does create a complex web of problematic father-son relationships.


Orca (1977)

This whale also has special powers, apparently, as he can tell whenever someone is leaning out of Nolan's boat, and so jump right up and swallow him whole.


The Hunting of the President (2004)

'There was a sense among a certain social set in Washington that Clinton was not their kind of person.'"


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