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Wildboyz: Seasons 3 & 4: Unrated

September 29, 2006

 Wildboyz: Seasons 3 & 4: Unrated

With the recent death of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, Wildboyz, with its irreverent, childish humour, just doesn’t seem as funny anymore. Not to mention the show’s concept – Jackass meets Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom – seems, well, played... 

District B13

September 28, 2006

 District B13

Paris 2010. Crime has gotten so bad that certain neighbourhoods have been walled off a la Escape from New York (1981). We are quickly introduced to Leito (Belle) who it seems has ripped off Taha (Naceri), a local crime lord, of a lot of his drugs and... 

Goal! The Dream Begins

September 27, 2006

 Goal! The Dream Begins

With the notable exception of Victory (1981), there have been very few good movies about the sport of soccer (as it is known in North American, football everywhere else in the world). In recent years there have a few notable attempts – Mean Machine... 

Supernatural: Season 1

September 22, 2006

 Supernatural: Season 1

Out of all the science fiction and horror television shows that debuted during the 2005-2006 season, only Supernatural was picked up for another season. Why did it survive while other, better shows failed? As always there are a number of factors that... 

Amarcord: Criterion Collection

September 21, 2006

 Amarcord: Criterion Collection

For those of us who have watched washed out, faded prints of Federico Fellini’s Amarcord (1973) on public television, this new transfer, by the folks at the Criterion Collection, is a revelation. The colours have never looked more vibrant and Nino Rota’s... 

X:Men: The Last Stand

September 21, 2006

 X:Men: The Last Stand

After two impressive outings, The X-Men franchise was handed over to Brett Ratner when Bryan Singer was unavailable due to his commitment with Superman Returns (2006). This caused fans to grumble due to Ratner’s less than stellar track record and reputation... 

Kinky Boots

September 20, 2006

 Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots (2005) is very much in the tradition of Brassed Off (1996) and The Full Monty (1997): plucky, working class underdogs from a depressed English factory town that learn to think outside the box in order to survive economically – all under... 

Amarcord

September 19, 2006

 Amarcord

For those of us who have watched washed out, faded prints of Federico Fellini’s Amarcord (1973) on public television, this new transfer, by the folks at the Criterion Collection, is a revelation. The colours have never looked more vibrant and Nino Rota’s... 

Radioland Murders

September 18, 2006

 Radioland Murders

Radioland Murders (1994) was one of George Lucas’ rare forays outside of the Star Wars universe and like others (Willow and Howard the Duck) it was a critical and commercial failure. Lucas seemed to be following in the footsteps of Woody Allen’s Radio... 

Arrested Development: Season 3

September 15, 2006

 Arrested Development: Season 3

It’s really amazing that Arrested Development lasted as long as it did on network television. It featured idiosyncratic dialogue, intricately plotted seasons and wildly eccentric characters that were just too smart and too offbeat to garner the kind... 

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