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Monday, June 2 2003

National Security (2003)

Endeavors to complicate the standard black-white buddy dynamic.


Medea (1987)

Passion drives Lars von Trier's Medea.


Wednesday, May 28 2003

The White Sheik (1952)

The fusion of the real and the imaginary is at the center of Fellini's first and one of his most underrated films, The White Sheik.


Nevada Smith (1966)

Walking away from violence, especially in a film set in the violent old West, delivers a powerful message.


My Life As a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) (1985)

The best tales about growing up incorporate the anxieties of childhood.


Antwone Fisher (2002)

'I wasn't concerned with whether or not the audience liked Antwone at first.'"


Adaptation

Careens between fiction and confession, repetition and revelation.


Monday, May 12 2003

Psych-Out / The Trip (1967/1968)

In Haight-Ashbury, Jenny's only clue to her lost brother's whereabouts is a postcard that reads, 'God is alive and well in a sugar cube.'"


Lockdown (2000)

The trouble that accompanies them is not of their own making -- it's a function of being young, black, 'in the wrong place' by definition.


The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum) (1975)

Oddly, the film's attack on bourgeois morality is itself a form of bourgeois morality.


Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

It is, quite simply, the Hollywood Western in full flower, with all the nostalgia and sins of commission and omission that that implies.


Monday, May 5 2003

Drumline (2002)

Throughout his smart and entertaining commentary for Fox's DVD release, Charles Stone III underscores not only his intentions, but also his full-on affection for his subjects.


Monday, April 28 2003

Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

So self-indulgent, so over the top, so gay. We loved it.


Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2002)

'They see a schlub like me get lucky,' Ron Jeremy explains. 'There's hope for everyone else.'"


Darkness Falls (2003)

Sets a new bar for lack of logic.


Biggie & Tupac (2002)

This is Broomfield's great insight, worth repeating in all his films: truth is messy and unstable, truth is self-serving.


Monday, April 14 2003

Living in Oblivion (1995)

Living in Oblivion's fine cast works together like a dream.


Gang Tapes (2002)

The majority of Gang Tapes is framed through Kris' camera; it is his eye -- and ours -- on his world.


The Eighteenth Angel (1997)

And with that, the film's innocence-versus-evil course is set.


The Cook and Other Treasures (2003)

Both films showcase Fatty Arbuckle's talents for physical comedy.


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