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Monday, August 18 2003

Santo & Blue Demon vs. Dracula & the Wolfman (1972)

Combining his worldly wrestling celebrity with a mythological aura, Santo ascended to another plane altogether.


The Good Thief (2003)

'I wanted to create a world that doesn't quite exist, you know, a world of nighttime clubs and nighttime criminality.'"


Big Trouble (1986)

Flimsy and frustrating, Big Trouble suggests that Cassavetes finally gave up on reality.


All the Real Girls (2002)

'David and I are not smart enough to come up with a character that's as complex as Zooey is.'"


Monday, August 11 2003

Silverlake Life: The View from Here (1993)

Shortly after he and his lover Mark Massi were diagnosed with full-blown AIDS, filmmaker Tom Joslin began a film and video diary of their experiences.


Irréversible (2002)

Moved by fury and frustration, Marcus and Pierre take what appears to be the film's most overtly potent decision.


The Hunted (2003)

'For me,' declares Friedkin, just hearing the Dylan lyric spoken by Johnny Cash is worth making a film for.


The Honeymoon Killers (1969)

Manifests this ambiguity as hostility towards the murderers' victims.


Die! Die! My Darling! (a.k.a. Fanatic) (1965)

Tallulah Bankhead was a walking mélange of Southern grande dame bitchiness, unapologetic hedonism, and an in-your-face performance style.


Monday, August 4 2003

The Whole Wide World (1996)

Filmed with all the trappings of a pastoral love story -- truly breathtaking Texas vistas and a lovely score -- 'The Whole Wide World' is, ultimately, anything but.


La Femme Nikita (1990)

If Nikita's appetites are boundless, so is her distrust.


Better Than Sex (2000)

Jonathan Teplitzky's 'Better Than Sex' is more froth than substance, copulation as cappuccino.


Monday, July 28 2003

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2002)

Beyond their sexual pyrotechnics, Saeko and Yosuke's relationship develops a particular symbiosis.


Solaris (2002)

'The one thing you'll see as you watch the film, what you'll take note of, is how still it is.'"


Spider (2002)

It's creepy inside Spider's head.


Daredevil (2003)

Daredevil has good reasons for his gear, and for the screwed-up attitude that goes with.


Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968)

It's like spending 99 minutes in a room a person you don't like in the least.


Beautiful Thing (1996)

A sweet, subtle slice-of-life drama about the sexual awakening of two gay teenagers whose home lives are less than perfect.


Monday, July 21 2003

Tsui Hark’s Vampire Hunters (2003)

The Vampire King looks like someone tossed a banana cream pie in his face and left it there.


Spun (2002)

Screenwriter William De Los Santos calls Spun a 'love story'.


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