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Monday, May 24 2004

Bubba Ho-tep: Limited Collector’s Edition (2003)

Combining conventions and clichés from Westerns and horror films, Bubba Ho-tep is as much about how stories get told as it is a story in itself.


Monday, May 17 2004

You Got Served (2004)

Though Chris Stokes describes the concept as 'Let's put West Side Story with Breakin',' the result is less inspired than such a brainstorm might sound"


Paycheck (2003)

'A true hero,' says John Woo on the commentary track for the Paycheck DVD, 'always reaches out a helping hand to others.'"


Japanese Story (2003)

Such immersion in Sandy's evolving perceptions shifts the film away from what would seem its generic romance outline.


In America (2003)

The semi-autobiographical tale of director Jim Sheridan considers the many complicated ways that 'America' works as idea and experience, the ways it engulfs, consumes, and produces its subjects.


Monday, May 3 2004

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s (1997)

The real stars of Off the Menu are not the stars. They are the 'United Nations' of Chasen's staff, most of whom worked there for over 30 years.


Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

The viewer is left feeling that the Manhattan Project would have been a fantastic topic for a miniseries, but is an awful one for a 120-minute studio flick.


Casa de los Babys (2003)

The movie, which focuses on a group of U.S. women arrived in an unidentified Latin American country to adopt children, is as much about cultural imperialism and racism as it is about women and babies.


Monday, April 26 2004

Timeline (2003)

For a group of scientists, they are almost shockingly inattentive to details and to historical facts.


Osama (2003)

Siddiq Barmak says, 'People of the world, of Afghanistan and other people of the world, they need to drink pure water.'"


Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

When the men's opposition is revealed in its tenderest moments, you recall that Weir's work can be supple and strange.


Doggy Poo (2003)

Doggy Poo is the tale of a newborn mound of mutt mush that questions its place in the cosmic pecking order.


Day of the Dead (1985)

The 'domesticated' zombie Bud has learned to appreciate the most important elements of modern culture: classical music, Stephen King novels, and handguns.


Big Fish (2003)

Edward's persistent self-inflation frustrates Will, just as its contradictions appeal to Burton.


Monday, April 19 2004

The Pornographers (1966)

The Pornographers works on the margins of social norms and 'abhorrence,' officially accepted commerce and illicit trade.


A League of Their Own (1992)

A League of Their Own is an engagingly old fashioned and family-friendly comedy.


The Gods Must be Crazy I & II (1980/1988)

The documentary Journey to Nyae Nyae considers the films' consumption in the West, as they made N!xau a star and raised anthropological interest in the Bushmen.


Monday, April 12 2004

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

Laced with screwball comedy and high-speed action, the film encompasses more complex themes than the usual sugarcoated 'spirit of Christmas'.


The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

The circus crew is depicted as a cross between Santa's Workshop and the U.S. Army; they are impossibly virtuous, toiling endlessly for the delight of children.


Monday, April 5 2004

Just One of the Guys (1985)

Just One of the Guys is worth repeated viewing, especially for Hyser's hilarious and charismatic performance.


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