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Monday, May 3 2004

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.


Hustle and Heat (2003)

Lisa's got what Rad calls 'more firepower than Waco,' in her garage.


Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

The title refers to many 'things,' most simultaneously dirty and pretty.


Dawn of the Dead (1979)

George Romero's apocalyptic vision looks more like prophecy than fiction.


Monday, March 29 2004

The Vampire Effect (Chin gei bin) (2003)

The device aptly serves as metaphor for the risk currently facing Hong Kong cinema, namely, the pursuit of the global mainstream.


The Spook Who Sat By the Door (1973)

It remains one of the few uncompromised representations of black armed resistance in the United States.


Monday, March 22 2004

Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

Something's Gotta Give is best when it backs off the cute dialogue and the actors create their own moments.


Beyond Borders (2003)

The truth is shifty throughout Beyond Borders, primarily because its fiction is filtered through Sarah's eyes.


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