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Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The Slayer Collection: Willow

April 22, 2002

 Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The Slayer Collection: Willow

Buffy fans will appreciate these new DVDs that showcase selected episodes featuring our favourite characters. Diehard fans will probably already own the full boxsets, but if you haven’t been able to afford a whole season, or are a new devotee to... 

Schindler’s List

April 18, 2002

 Schindler’s List

Widely considered his most critically acclaimed and personal work to date, Spielberg’s masterpiece about the Jewish holocaust arrives on DVD. Ten years on from its initial release, Schindler’s List remains one of the most shocking, thought-provoking... 

Meet Strawberry Shortcake

April 13, 2002

 Meet Strawberry Shortcake

I sat down to review this short childrens film which is aimed mainly at girls with my two young children. Robbie is 3 years old and Kira is 21 months. As soon as the film started with the opening sequence introducing Strawberry Shortcake in a song clip... 

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

April 13, 2002

 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Robert Rodriguez is a one-man film studio. He writes, edits, directs, scores, shoots, works on the production design and does the special effects on all of his movies. He’s a hometown boy who has always worked outside of Hollywood in Austin, Texas.... 

Something’s Gotta Give

April 12, 2002

 Something’s Gotta Give

Something’s Gotta Give is what I call a proper romantic comedy. It’s unabashedly romantic without feeling the urge to descend into mawkish sentimentality. It’s also very funny but cleverly written so not just reliant on comic set pieces.... 

The Matrix Revolutions

April 11, 2002

 The Matrix Revolutions

The Wachowski Brothers concluded their ambitious Cyberpunk trilogy with The Matrix: Revolutions (2003). It was greeted with almost universal critical damnation or indifference and diminishing financial returns. So what happened? Like the Lord of the Rings... 

The Butterfly Effect

April 10, 2002

 The Butterfly Effect

“The Butterfly Effect is a gripping, supernatural thriller that taps into the turbulent nature of past, present and future”, claim the producers. Lies! Let’s rephrase it more accurately: “The Butterfly Effect is a stupid supernatural... 

The Singing Detective

April 6, 2002

 The Singing Detective

For years, Keith Gordon has been quietly building up an impressive career as a director. He initially made his mark as an actor in some of Brian De Palma’s early work. Eventually, Gordon got tired of starring mindless fluff like Back to School (1986)... 

A Night to Remember: Criterion Collection

April 3, 2002

 A Night to Remember: Criterion Collection

The sinking of then-new luxury ocean liner the RMS Titanic on April 14, 1912 is one of the most famous disasters at sea. The tragic events have been dramatized numerous times, most famously with James Cameron’s 1997 epic Titanic. With then-state-of-the-art... 

Volcano High

April 3, 2002

 Volcano High

Wirework action movies are far more familiar to western audiences now, thanks mostly to the overrated Matrix trilogy & its Hollywood progeny. But Korean cinema had yet to establish itself in this genre with its own 100% domestically made effort, having... 

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