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Around the Bend

August 31, 2005

 Around the Bend

Around the Bend (2004) is one of those character-driven, independent films that desperately wants to evoke the hey-day of American cinema in the ‘70s but comes up too short because it fails to transcend its contrived premise. It’s a shame because... 

Closer

August 30, 2005

 Closer

Mike Nichols is enjoying something of a comeback. First, there was the critically-lauded Angels in America mini-series that aired on HBO and now the equally successful Closer (2004). Together, they prove that there is an audience for smart dramas by and... 

The Incredibles: Collector’s Edition

August 29, 2005

 The Incredibles: Collector’s Edition

The Incredibles (2004) marks the first effort from the collaboration between Brad Bird (responsible for The Iron Giant) and Pixar. Where Warner Brothers had no idea how to market Bird’s first film, Disney had no problem with promoting his new movie... 

Charmed: Season 1

August 28, 2005

 Charmed: Season 1

Charmed could have easily been a simple television retread of The Craft (1996). Instead, it has become, over the years and seven seasons later, a positive representation of smart, beautiful, empowered women. The show quickly dispels the traditional image... 

Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut

August 27, 2005

 Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut

Donnie Darko (2001) had the misfortune of being released right around the time of 9/11. At the time no one was interested in seeing a strange time travel movie involving a teenage boy who talks to a large rabbit and is almost killed by a jet engine fallen... 

Thieves’ Highway

August 26, 2005

 Thieves’ Highway

Based on A.I. Bezzerides’ novel, Thieves’ Market, Jules Dassin’s Thieves’ Highway (1949) offers a glimpse into the world of truck drivers risking their lives on the open road, having to deal with their vehicles breaking down and pushing themselves... 

My Own Private Idaho

August 25, 2005

 My Own Private Idaho

Van Sant skillfully legitimized everyday existence with Mala Noche (1986) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989) by presenting fascinating explorations into street life. These films never exploited or romanticized their rather seedy subject matter, but viewed the... 

Taxi

August 24, 2005

 Taxi

Inept cop Jimmy Fallon must team up with girl-racer Queen Latifah to catch a gang of wily bank robbers who also happen to be supermodels. A remake of French hit Taxi from 1998, Luc Besson again returns to produce this lightweight tale of cops n’... 

Playboy – Playmate Of The Year 2004 – Carmella DeCesare

August 21, 2005

 Playboy – Playmate Of The Year 2004 – Carmella DeCesare

Normally I’m not one to go in for Playboy DVDs. It’s not that I’m a reserved, easily offended kind of guy you understand, it’s that they’re all fluff and no action. Like the magazine itself, they skirt around the outside... 

Heat: Special Edition

August 21, 2005

 Heat: Special Edition

After the commercial and critical success of The Last of the Mohicans (1992), filmmaker Michael Mann made his most ambitious film up to that point in his career with Heat (1996). He cast legendary actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino as the leads in what... 

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