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La Strada

December 4, 2001

 La Strada

Before legendary Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini established himself as international filmmaking force with La Dolce Vita (1960) and 8 1/2 (1963), he cut his teeth on intimate slices of life like, La Strada (1954). The Criterion Collection has taken... 

Darkness

December 3, 2001

 Darkness

Despite being snapped up by Dimension Films in America, this Spanish horror has yet to see the light of day, possibly due to its muddled screenplay and studio executives with cold feet. But letting it languish in limbo like this means it may never find... 

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

December 3, 2001

 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander is another of those films that lures would be cinema-stay-aways back into theatres, the kind of people normally put off by the bravado of big box office movies. Films like Gladiator and Titanic had this intangible quality also, as... 

Friends: The Complete Fifth Season

December 3, 2001

 Friends: The Complete Fifth Season

As Friends finishes its ninth and probably last season, it is amazing that the show has lasted this long and become such a significant part of popular culture. What started off as a modest sitcom about a group of friends living in New York City has grown... 

Firefly

December 3, 2001

 Firefly

Joss Whedon’s brilliant sci-fi/western is set 500 years in the future and charts the adventures of a mismatched crew of smugglers. Firefly had an odd gestation. In 2002 Fox came to Buffy and Angel creator Joss Whedon with the chance to make a brand... 

Amadeus

December 2, 2001

 Amadeus

The 1980s were a good decade for period films—most notably, Amadeus (1984), Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and Valmont (1989). The problem with many of these kinds of movies is that they take themselves too seriously. What separates Amadeus from the others... 

The work of Director Michel Gondry

December 2, 2001

 The work of Director Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry is a visionary music video director. He presents images that feel like they have sprung right out of fanciful dreams or fevered nightmares. Like feature filmmaker Terry Gilliam, Gondry seamlessly blends reality with dreams so that it is... 

Escape from New York

December 1, 2001

 Escape from New York

Escape From New York (1981) is a slick, futuristic race against time. It was made for a small budget from then up-and-coming filmmaker, John Carpenter and went on to become a critical and commercial success. It also spawned a loyal fanbase and an inferior... 

Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete First Season

December 1, 2001

 Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete First Season

Larry David belongs to the same tradition of acerbic curmudgeons as fantist Harlan Ellison and comic book writer Harvey Pekar. All three are not afraid to present unflinching observations on the less than flattering aspects of themselves and others. David... 

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