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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 02 (2004)

The story can be read as an oblique critique of mass media: brain-hacking literalizes the process by which our experiences are constructed by the powers that be.

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

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.

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

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.

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14 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Rose Tattoo (1955)

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

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Valentín (2002)

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

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Raising Helen (2004)

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

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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.

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

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.

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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.

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

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.

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Dead Leaves (2004)

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

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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.

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5 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

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.

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5 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Saved! (2004)

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

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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.

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Deep Impact: Special Collector’s Edition (1998)

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

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5 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Bug (1975)

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

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29 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

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.'"

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29 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Sniper 3 (2004)

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

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29 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

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.

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