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Monday, July 28 2003

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'.


The Mouse That Roared (1959)

The Mouse That Roared is that rare nuclear holocaust flick you can watch with the kids.


Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

In Hiroshima Mon Amour, Resnais and his screenwriter, French novelist Marguerite Duras, show their debts to the Modernists.


The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer, Volumes One and Two - PopMatters Film Review )

Jan Svankmajer's films, surreal transformations of everyday objects into living creatures, are intensely visceral.


The Carpetbaggers (1964)

More troubling than the melodramatic disintegration of Jonas' personal life is The Carpetbaggers' depiction of Hollywood's exploitation of female sexuality.


Monday, July 14 2003

The Tenant (1976)

'I think I'm pregnant,' Roman Polanski coos beguilingly to the mirror in his 1976 film, The Tenant.


Phone Booth (2002)

We're surrounded by spin all the time and I think that many times people who spin for a living really don't know the truth anymore because, I guess, they have to believe so much in the spin that they are spinning.


The Hours (2002)

'What I learned seeing the movie is that yes, you do lose that ability to go into people's minds, but you gain Meryl Streep's ability to separate an egg, in a way that tells you everything you need to know about who that person is at that point.'"


Das Experiment (2001)

Forget about Freddy and Dr. Lecter. Das Experiment is a truly terrifying film.


Monday, June 30 2003

There’s Something More About Mary (1998)

It's easy to deride the Farrellys' work, to dismiss their brand of humor or their dogged efforts to be 'politically incorrect.' Still, they serve more substantive functions than dosing 12-year-old boys with chickens-up-the-butt jokes.


Party Girl (1995)

As Parker Posey dances around the library to a club beat, Daisy von herler Mayer's songless musical is briefly in full bloom.


Life and Debt (2001)

'One is always struck when in Jamaica, [by] the absolute beauty of the island in contrast with the poverty.'"


Love Liza (2002)

Phillip Seymour Hoffman defies the shallow gravity of Hollywood logic.


Kai Doh Maru: Kathleen McInerney, Bruce Winant, Flavio Romeo - PopMatters Film Review )

Wakabayashi's Kai Doh Maru is defined more by what it could have been than what it is, a potentiality.


Monday, June 23 2003

Two Evil Eyes (Due occhi diabolici) (1990)

Romero's films often feature a family that is fragile, a prime target for destructive forces.


Three Colors Trilogy: Blue, White, Red (Trois Couleurs: Bleu, Blanc, Rouge)

Taken together, Blue, White, and Red are a visionary swan song for one of European cinema's most poetic moralists.


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