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Ikiru

The story is deeply affecting and life-affirming, but the plot is only a small part of what makes Ikiru so masterful.

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My Name is Bruce

Campbell may have made his career as a blue-collar actor, but he made his name talking about it—this attempts to bring his working-class idea back, full-circle.

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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Zenovich saw the opportunity to make something extraordinary based on a story and subject that everyone knew of but didn’t know much about.

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The Best Of Dr. Katz

There aren’t many DVDs that can offer such a variety of established comics doing what they do best.

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Western

Though not a “political film”, it’s tough to argue against some level of socio-political implication of two multi-ethnic foreigners traipsing around idyllic western France, looking for stability.

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

This is easily one of Burton’s best performances in a long career of great roles. He embodies so eloquently the ambivalence of the Cold War and the sad fiction of the “sexy spy”.

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Collection

A glimpse at '60s pop culture’s take on the cold war, counter culture and paranoia – topics whose importance would only magnify in the coming years.

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Bloodsucking Cinema

Surely there has to be more interesting things to say about vampires than that they're "cool" and "scary"?

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Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

We're given the legacy of one of the 20th century’s most influential avant-garde filmmakers and artists, but also the sad, thin-skinned ego of a societal outcast.

Marc Calderaro
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Future by Design

Although he doesn’t offer solutions to looming catastrophes, Fresco's archives will be among the first things we scour when they occur.

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Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections

Even if such documentaries distort facts and promote “Wikintelligence”, they bring attention to necessary topics, giving everyday schleps a primer on critical issues.

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Prehistoric Earth: A Natural History

Dramatic, gorgeous, entertaining and informative for any demographic, any age group.

Marc Calderaro
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Caramel (Sukkar banat)

On the surface about the foibles and trials of salon workers and patrons, but underlined with the modernity of Lebanese women and their culture’s transition into westernism.

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Jumper

Brashness and arrogance, and absolutely none of the consequences of either.

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Gang of Souls

This seems as if a “Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics” alum gathered old professors in a room and asked them about things they’ve been asked a million times before.

Marc Calderaro
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The Guatemalan Handshake

This sometimes loses itself in a labyrinth of classic hipster kitsch: fake moustaches, Polaroid pictures, out-of-date analog technology, and quasi-condescending interpretations of small-town America

Marc Calderaro
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Resurrecting the Champ

An interesting tale about the intent of lying and the strengths of good old-fashioned work.

Marc Calderaro
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2 Days in Paris

Well at least these two characters have one thing in common: they’re both grateful the other’s an elitist, New York hipster.

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Family Guy: Blue Harvest

This is like watching Gus Van Sant’s Psycho screened on Mystery Science Theater 3000 -- confusing and annoying.

Marc Calderaro
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Feed

Feed is adventurous and playful, and if nothing else, provides nostalgia for a time in politics scarcely different than our own.

Marc Calderaro
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American Cannibal - The Documentary

American Cannibal shows that the distinction between 'reality television' and 'documentary' is no more meaningful than that of 'fiddle' and 'violin'.

Marc Calderaro
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The Film Crew: Wild Women of Wongo

The Film Crew steps in and unleashes 90 minutes of banter that fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 have been wanting for the last 10 years.

Marc Calderaro
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Killzone Double Feature

Killzone Double Feature is great fun, and easily worth the price.

Marc Calderaro
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Perfect Stranger

It’s not so much the endless heavy-handed clues, outmoded dialogue, or totally untrustworthy traits of the main characters that make the movie so unforgivable; it’s the purposeless ending that eschews all previous traits, dialogue, and clues.

Marc Calderaro

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