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Mulholland Falls

May 31, 2005

 Mulholland Falls

They say timing is everything and this certainly applies to the release and reception of movies. Case in point: Mulholland Falls (1996). Released a year before the very similar L.A. Confidential (1997), Falls was also a retro-noir set in 1950s Los Angeles... 

Brain Donors

May 30, 2005

 Brain Donors

There’s a good reason why there have been so few attempts to copy the Marx Brothers. Not only did they do it the best but their particular brand of humour is so hard to pull off and do it well that what few attempts there have been have failed miserably.... 

Dawn of the Dead: Director’s Cut

May 29, 2005

 Dawn of the Dead: Director’s Cut

There are two ends of the scale when it comes to Hollywood remakes. There’s the nonsensical and pointless (Psycho 1998,) and there’s the smart re-imaging for a modern audience (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003). Nearly twenty-five years after... 

Seinfeld Seasons 1-3

May 29, 2005

 Seinfeld Seasons 1-3

Forget Friends – this is the iconic US sitcom of the 90’s, finally released on DVD with a bounty of special features that even George Costanza couldn’t fault. Before Will & Grace made bitching bitchy and Friends friendly, Seinfeld... 

Mean Girls

May 28, 2005

 Mean Girls

The knives are out for new girl Lindsay Lohan when she meets the meanest of the mean on her first day of high school. Perhaps the dark side of American comedy hasn’t been killed off by the Ashton Kutchers and the Sean William Scotts after all. Mean... 

Graveyard of Honor

May 25, 2005

 Graveyard of Honor

Instead of resting on his laurels with the hugely successful Battles Without Honors series, Kinji Fukasaku took one of Japan’s biggest movie stars, Tetsuya Watari, and had him play a cruel junkie gangster protagonist. Graveyard of Honor (1975) is based... 

Wacky Races: The Complete Series

May 25, 2005

 Wacky Races: The Complete Series

Wacky Races debuted on CBS on September 14, 1968 and was Hanna-Barbera’s animated reworking of the Blake Edwards film, The Great Race (1965) that featured a slapstick journey around the world during the early stages of the automobile. Wacky Races was... 

Secret Window

May 23, 2005

 Secret Window

Somewhere over the last eighteen months Johnny Depp has risen from kooky character actor to a bone fide national treasure, even securing himself a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Pirates Of The Caribbean. His follow up to that film, Secret Window, reaffirms... 

The Ren and Stimpy Show: Seasons 1 and 2

May 22, 2005

 The Ren and Stimpy Show: Seasons 1 and 2

In September of 1992, after two groundbreaking seasons, Nickelodeon took the Ren and Stimpy Show away from its creator, John Kricfalusi. They gutted it, removing all the elements that made it funny and wonderfully politically incorrect. The show didn’t... 

Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection

May 21, 2005

 Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection

The first Tom and Jerry animated short appeared on February 10, 1940 with “Puss Gets the Boot.” At the time, Tom was known as Jasper and animation legends, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera directed the cartoon. Under producer Fred Quimby’s guidance... 

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