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Monday, February 23 2004

Lost in Translation (2003)

Lost in Translation one-ups its peers with better music, prettier shots, and a more charismatic lead, but its racism is all the more insidious for being wrapped in a pleasing package.


The Fighting Temptations (2003)

The most impressive extra on the DVD of The Fighting Temptations is a selection of 'extended music numbers'.


Death: A Love Story (1999)

Le Brun's voiceover catalogues her own reactions: anger at the doctors' indifference, frustration, and at last, acceptance.


Tuesday, February 10 2004

William Gibson: No Maps For These Territories (2003)

William Gibson is a visionary in his own right, and painting him into the reductive sci-fi corner is akin to missing the point of his work.


Pandemic: Facing AIDS (2003)

Suggests repeatedly that AIDS is brought on by individual actions.


Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

If ever there was a filmmaker made for DVD commentaries, it is Robert Rodriguez.


In the Cut (2003)

'It's all a series of mistaken identities, and how our thinking is like that, that we think we've seen something, but we actually haven't quite seen it all.'"


And Now Ladies and Gentlemen (2002)

For Valentin (Jeremy Irons), the thrill of the caper just isn't getting it done any longer.


Monday, February 2 2004

Thirteen (2003)

As the kids have picked up from every cultural sign around them, sex is a route to adulthood, but it's also an ordeal, a hard test of their young mettle.


Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country [Special Edition] (1991)

It is a reminder of the power the faded franchise once commanded.


New Dominion Tank Police (1995)

Who has the right to enforce social control, the Tank Police or the Dai Nippon Gaiken Corporation?"


Manic (2001)

As Lyle first enters the ward, the film takes on a yellow cast, blurry and skittery under an Aphex Twin track.


Frisk (1996)

Films about killers are supposed to be disturbing. Is it less disturbing if the killer in question is heterosexual?"


Fist of the North Star, Volume 5 (1984-1987)

Offers another variant of anime's post-apocalypse theme.


Monday, January 26 2004

Underworld (2003)

Underworld has more on its mind than matching its throbbing rock soundtrack to action sequences.


200 Cadillacs (2004)

Elvis' favorite gift was an extravagance most people can only dream about owning: it is estimated that he gave away nearly 200 Cadillac automobiles.


Lord Love a Duck (1966)

Lord Love a Duck illustrates, with corrosive wit, how the mindless pursuit of status will be the death of us all.


Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)

He's a monster, but he's taken completely seriously"


Tuesday, January 13 2004

S.W.A.T. (2003)

S.W.A.T. knows what it is, namely, an expensive, hyper-actionated, CD-selling, multi-raced and multi-buddied flick.


Out of Time (2003)

The fact that Matt is a black man only makes these several lines of pursuit more complicated and more resonant.


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