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Friends with Money

February 27, 2007

 Friends with Money

Nicole Holofcener writes some of the best, most realistic dialogue for women (and men) and how they interact with one another. This was evident with her strong debut film Walking and Talking (1996) and her work on the small screen with the episodes of... 

Dont Look Back: 65 Tour Deluxe Edition

February 27, 2007

 Dont Look Back: 65 Tour Deluxe Edition

D.A. Pennebaker’s legendary documentary Dont Look Back (1967) chronicles Bob Dylan’s last acoustic music tour in England during the spring of 1965. The filmmaker was allowed complete access to the folk singer both on and off stage and captured it... 

Bicycle Thieves

February 26, 2007

 Bicycle Thieves

Vittorio de Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948) is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of Italian Neorealism. Born out of World War II, this style of filmmaking took aspects of the documentary by portraying life with unflinching honesty and... 

Anything But Love: Volume 1

February 24, 2007

 Anything But Love: Volume 1

The problem inherent in any television show that revolves around the sexual tension between its two romantic leads is how do you keep the audience interested after the thrill of the chase is gone? Once the anticipation of the potential couple hooking... 

American Hardcore

February 22, 2007

 American Hardcore

While there have been plenty of books and documentaries chronicling the New York and British punk rock scenes of the 1970s, there has been very little of substance covering the subsequent emergence of the punk (what was labeled as “hardcore”) scene... 

Flags of Our Fathers

February 21, 2007

 Flags of Our Fathers

In 2006, Clint Eastwood took on his most ambitious project yet: depicting the famous battle of Iwo Jima from both the American and Japanese perspectives. He had so much material and wanted to give equal time to both sides that he decided to make two films.... 

The Grudge 2

February 21, 2007

 The Grudge 2

Was this a sequel that really needed to be made? The previous film was a remake of the Japanese horror film, Ju-On (2003) and directed by the same filmmaker – Takashi Shimizu – but the American version felt like a diluted rehash that had its moments... 

Coastlines

February 21, 2007

 Coastlines

Victor Nunez may not be the most prolific filmmaker – he’s made five feature films in 28 years – but the ones that do exist are intimate portraits of characters in transition, often leaving a bad situation in the hopes of starting a new life. His... 

Green for Danger

February 9, 2007

 Green for Danger

Based on Christianna Brand’s novel of the same name, Green for Danger (1946) is a first rate example of the classic English murder mystery with game-like rules including false leads, plot twists, adherence to certain decorum of the time period and clues... 

Trust the Man

February 7, 2007

 Trust the Man

Trust the Man (2006) is a romantic comedy set in New York City so we’re on familiar ground. We knew what to expect because we’ve seen so many of these kinds of movies: white, affluent New Yorkers with relationship problems. Which means that this film... 

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