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Monday, June 14 2004

Touching the Void (2003)

Joe Simpson says, 'I'd forgotten how difficult it was. I've told the story so many times, it's just become a fiction.'"


Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

Hearing Tupac Amaru Shakur talk about himself in the past tense is unnerving at first. Not only was he profound and perceptive in his early 20s, he was prescient too.


The President’s Analyst (1967)

This technological nightmare fuses free-market corporatism gone amuck with the regimentation and loss of individuality that characterized the Soviet empire.


Night of the Living Dead: Millennium Edition (1968)

The casting of Duane Jones provides the film with a racial subtext, overtly linked to the social and political turmoil of late 1960s U.S.


50 First Dates: Special Edition (2004)

Always in the present, Drew Barrymore's Lucy is changed in an instant. And she's irresistible.


The Cliffhanger (2003)

Approaching The Cliffhanger like a series of short subjects encourages patience for a weak segment, as another is always around the corner.


Black Hawk Down: Superbit (2001)

Black Hawk Down illustrates well the absurdity and chaos of urban warfare: there's no ground to be won, no victory to be claimed.


Monday, June 7 2004

Spider-Man: Deluxe Edition (2003)

On screen, Spider-Man necessarily becomes more literal, less imaginative.


Stuck on You (2003)

While the initial twins material is weak, the Hollywood lampoon barely gets off the ground, and the love story is so lightweight, it practically floats.


Ned Kelly (2003)

Ned might have been a criminal in the eyes of the law, but to working class Australians he was a hero wrongly accused.


Monster (2003)

Aileen's changed self takes shape most immediately and vehemently in response to a psychotic-seeming john who declares his loathing of all 'hookers nowadays'.


City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002)

The film's most profound understanding is that the moral confusions shaping its protagonists are not particular to them, but surrounding all of us.


Das Boot (The Original Uncut Version) (1981)

It is a landmark event for connoisseurs of war movies, thrill-seekers, and lovers of consummate filmmaking.


Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

When Broomfield suggests that Aileen imagine causes for her behavior rather than focus on the punishment, she backs off.


Ali: The Director’s Cut (2001)

The bravest thing Ali does is to gesture toward, wonder at, and celebrate Muhammad Ali, and then let go of him.


Monday, May 24 2004

Underworld: Extended Cut (2003)

Such contrasts make Underworld an especially good-looking vampire-werewolf-action film, even if it is over-the-top.


Secrets of Middle-Earth: Inside Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (2003)

Secrets' literary authorities are primarily interested in relating the text of Tolkien's work with the texts, so to speak, of his life.


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.'"


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