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Unknown

January 31, 2007

 Unknown

A man (Caviezel) wearing a jean jacket wakes up in a locked warehouse to find an unconscious man (Pantoliano) tied to a chair, another unconscious man (Sisto) hanging from an overhead walkway by a handcuffed arm and another man (Kinnear) lying out cold... 

Yojimbo/Sanjuro

January 29, 2007

 Yojimbo/Sanjuro

Originally inspired by the American western and the crime fiction of Dashiell Hammett, Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961) would go on to inspire countless other films, most notably the Sergio Leone spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and Walter... 

Flyboys

January 26, 2007

 Flyboys

Flyboys (2006) attempts to tell the story of the Lafayette Escadrille – American pilots who volunteered to fly in the French Air Service during World War. As the war rages on and millions of soldiers die, America has yet to enter the war. Inspired by... 

The Night Listener

January 24, 2007

 The Night Listener

Gabriel Noone (Williams) is a writer and a late night talk show host in New York City who is in the midst of a creative funk – nothing seems to work anymore. His lover, Jess (Cannavale) has just moved out and this leaves him feeling a little isolated.... 

Monsters and Madmen

January 23, 2007

 Monsters and Madmen

This box set by the folks at the Criterion Collection is sure to divide fans of B-movies and the company’s traditional arthouse aficionados as to the validity of the films included. It’s true that Criterion has released these kinds of films before... 

Bandidas

January 17, 2007

 Bandidas

Considering the two movie stars that headline this project, it is somewhat surprising that 20th Century Fox decided to quietly release Bandidas (2006) straight to video in North America. While Salma Hayek is not the box office draw she once was, her co-star... 

Border Radio

January 16, 2007

 Border Radio

In the 1990s, Allison Anders emerged as one of the most distinctive female filmmakers working in American independent cinema. Gas Food Lodging (1992) was the first film of hers that garnered significant attention both critically and commercially. For... 

The Illusionist

January 9, 2007

 The Illusionist

The Illusionist and The Prestige were released in theatres in 2006 and featured 19th century magicians as their protagonists. However, the latter was backed and promoted by a major Hollywood studio while the former was a modestly budgeted independent... 

Grey Gardens/The Beales of Grey Gardens

January 5, 2007

 Grey Gardens/The Beales of Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens (1976) is an odd curio even by the Criterion Collections’ standards – a documentary about Jackie Kennedy’s aunt Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie who lived in a run-down, 28-room house on Long Island. How did these two members... 

Night of the Living Dead

January 4, 2007

 Night of the Living Dead

With a simple plot, limited budget, and amateurish acting, Night of the Living Dead should have been a complete and utter failure, but it wasn’t. In fact it has become one of the staples of the horror movie diet and the father figure of all zombie-infested... 

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