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The Day After Tomorrow

March 31, 2005

 The Day After Tomorrow

Not since Armageddon (1998) has a film taken such a complete leave of its scientific senses. The Day After Tomorrow (2004) is Roland Emmerich’s latest cinematic ode to destruction movies. He’s already blown up the White House in Independence Day (1996)... 

Street Mobster

March 25, 2005

 Street Mobster

Kinji Fukasaku’s Street Mobster (1972) is a fast-paced, balls-to-the-walls Japanese gangster film shot in glorious anamorphic widescreen that has been beautifully restored by the fine folks at Home Vision Entertainment. Virtually unknown over here (except... 

Clerks: 10th Anniversary Edition

March 22, 2005

 Clerks: 10th Anniversary Edition

It’s hard to believe that the little independent film-that-could, Clerks (1994), is ten years old. Inspired by the low-budget success of Slacker (1990), Kevin Smith wrote, directed and starred in his ode to working a dead-end job as a cash-register... 

Man on Fire

March 18, 2005

 Man on Fire

Tony Scott is a journeyman action film director capable of producing an excellent film when given the right material (True Romance) and truly abysmal ones when given the wrong material (The Fan). Either way, his films all have a distinctive look of a... 

Division III: Football’s Finest

March 15, 2005

 Division III: Football’s Finest

Like motability scooters in supermarkets, America does sports comedies better than us Brits. Exhibit A, m’lud: Slap Shot, Horse Feathers and The Bad News Bears versus Blackball, The Calcium Kid and Up ‘n’ Under. I may be doing the British film industry... 

Baadasssss!

March 10, 2005

 Baadasssss!

In 1971, Melvin Van Peebles made Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. It not only became the most successful independent film of that year but it also helped kick start a film genre known as Blaxploitation. These films empowered black actors and actresses... 

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