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Tuesday, September 9 2003

Lost in La Mancha (2002)

What will most surely whet fans' appetites are the DVD's two 50-minute interviews with Terry Gilliam.


Identity (2003)

As James Mangold neatly puts it, these characters are running along 'a kind of Möbius strip of hell.'"


Double Vision (Shuang Tong) (2002)

Shows how the struggle to see and know is an increasingly complex and global one.


The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

Jake is a '70s-style father, kindly but determined to teach worthy lessons even when he feels his child/dolphin's pain.


The Core (2003)

While the film probably can't be recuperated, Jon Amiel's commentary on the DVD works some wonders of its own.


Bulletproof Monk (2003)

'The big challenge we faced in the beginning is that, in the comic book, the Bulletproof Monk really isn't in the comic.'"


Tuesday, September 2 2003

I’m Going Home (2001)

Explores the ageless, ceaseless, and fruitless desire to find a place of peace.


The Europeans (1979)

The Europeans revisits the usual Merchant Ivory themes, most notably, culture clashes and individual desires to 'connect'.


The Devil Commands (1941)

Presents a concrete fear of technology blurring the line between life and death.


Monday, August 25 2003

Raising Victor Vargas (2003)

Victor's story is at once mundane and delicate, familiar and fresh.


Naked Killer (Chiklo gouyeung) (1992)

Man-hating lesbian assassins take center stage in this exploitation joint.


Levity (2003)

'Levity' is by no means a standard Hollywood movie.'"


Israel - A Nation is Born (2003)

Most invested in showing how Israelis have struggled to create, protect, and sustain their nation.


Comedian (2002)

Comedian presents stand-up comics as working stiffs.


Bingo (1991)

Bingo's handful of good scenes usually have less to do with the dog than with humans who struggle with their inability to manipulate tools.


Bowling for Columbine (2002)

'John Ashcroft and his ilk are something to fear.'"


Monday, August 18 2003

xx/xy (2003)

Austin Chick's first feature, takes Coles' perspective -- as much as Coles has a perspective.


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.


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