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Gojira: Deluxe Collector’s Edition

August 30, 2006

 Gojira: Deluxe Collector’s Edition

As Steve Ryfle’s excellent liner notes point out, Godzilla is more than just some guy in a cheesy rubber suit terrorizing badly dubbed Japanese actors and stomping miniatures, but the original film, made in 1954, is actually a tragedy of epic proportions,... 

Surface: The Complete Series

August 29, 2006

 Surface: The Complete Series

Along with Night Stalker, Surface was one of the new crop of science fiction/horror themed television shows to get cancelled early in its run lasting only 15 episodes. The show originally aired on NBC and was heavily promoted but was unable to garner... 

Relative Strangers

August 28, 2006

 Relative Strangers

Relative Strangers is such a perfect example of the importance of a good script. Not even the combined might of Danny DeVito, Kathy Burke and Neve (schwing) Campbell, can save this generic and mostly unfunny movie. Comedies about parents haven’t... 

Desperate Housewives: Season 2

August 26, 2006

 Desperate Housewives: Season 2

After the phenomenonal success of the first season of Desperate Housewives, would the creative powers behind the popular scenes be able to maintain the momentum for the next season? For the most part, yes, as the writers do little to alter their tried... 

Kicking & Screaming

August 25, 2006

 Kicking & Screaming

The early to mid-1990s was a great time for American independent cinema with the likes of Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Whit Stillman, Noah Baumbach and many others gaining prominence through film festivals and home video. Like the aforementioned filmmakers,... 

Hong Kong Phooey: The Complete Series

August 24, 2006

 Hong Kong Phooey: The Complete Series

Hong Kong Phooey was a Hanna-Barbera cartoon that originally aired on Saturday mornings from 1974 to 1976. Bruce Lee was very popular at the time and Joseph Barbera was very conscious about popular culture and this is reflected in the character of Hong... 

The Simpsons: Season 8

August 22, 2006

 The Simpsons: Season 8

The eighth season of The Simpsons saw the show maintain its consistent ability to satirize all aspects of popular culture while also tackling serious issues like homophobia in an entertaining and engaging way. As usual, a host of famous guest star voices... 

Brick

August 21, 2006

 Brick

Rian Johnson’s debut film Brick (2005) caused something of a minor sensation among critics and discerning cineastes earlier this year when it won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an... 

The Dark

August 18, 2006

 The Dark

After starting in T.V. with Xena: Warrior Princess, John Fawcett hit his stride with the werewolf horror Ginger Snaps; a refreshing female take on the lycanthrope legend that put expensive studio fare to shame. Sadly, he only had a peripheral involvement... 

Seduced and Abandoned

August 18, 2006

 Seduced and Abandoned

The impetus for Pietro Germi’s 1964 film Seduced and Abandoned came from his outrage at an old Italian civil code that allowed a man to avoid prison for raping a woman if he married her. The woman is effectively punished twice: she’s been violated... 

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