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Thursday, October 10 2002

Brown Sugar (2002)

Brown Sugar can blur lines between mainstream and margin, mix up the spirits, just as hip-hop -- so-called real hip-hop but also, in its way, brashly commercial hip-hop -- has always done.


Thursday, October 3 2002

Spirited Away (2001/2002)

America is better off with Miyazaki playing in the malls and the multiplexes than Monsters, Inc.


Red Dragon (2002)

What is most politically problematic about Red Dragon is how it furthers the relationship between physical disability and psychopathology.


Moonlight Mile (2002)

Fits a little too neatly with the recent popularity of media considering grief and death rituals.


Thursday, September 26 2002

Trapped (2002)

Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.


Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

I won't tell you how it ends, but note the film's title is 'not' 'New York State of Mind.'"


Snipes (2001)

As Erik puts it, he has 'business to take care of.' That business is hip-hop.


Secretary (2002)

Secretary is about anxiety, depression, the inability to communicate.


Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth / The End of Evangelion (1997)

Multi-layered, ultraviolent, and profoundly disturbing, Evangelion depicts the end of the world as we know it and after seeing it, I most definitely do 'not' feel fine.


The Long Goodbye (1973/2002)

Not just empty genre deconstruction, The Long Goodbye dares to ask some very basic questions about the hard-boiled detective hero.


The Four Feathers (2002)

It's alarmingly short-sighted fiction, offering only occasional glimpses of the imperial project's fundamental viciousness and ignorance.


The Cockettes (2002)

A joyful, wild romp through the heyday of San Francisco's national cultural importance, filled with body glitter, feather boas, and important shoes.


Thursday, September 19 2002

Igby Goes Down (2002)

Burr Steers' first feature is populated by exceptionally quirky characters, most related by blood.


8 Women (2002)

Sabotaging the happy play of color, song, and glamour with a deeply felt despair, Ozon has finally made his subversiveness genuinely surprising.


The Banger Sisters (2002)

For these few minutes, The Banger Sisters venerates imperfection and adventure.


Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

Sever grabs the big old gun inside and shoots in exquisite slo-mo. She even works in a hairflip.


Thursday, September 12 2002

Swimfan (2002)

Ben checks his mailbox, the camera zooms in to a computer screen filled with little email-message-envelope emblems, all from 'swimfan85.' Cue spooky music.


Gaza Strip (2002) - PopMatters Film Review )

Longley neither pretends to be impartial nor apologizes for his sympathies, and pays his potential audience the compliment of confidence in their intelligence and reason.


Barbershop (2002)

Barbershop's multiple charms are all sweet.


Friday, September 6 2002

Secret Ballot (2001)

If its feminism is unmistakable, Secret Ballot's stance on democracy is more complex.


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