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Saturday Night Fever: 30th Anniversary Edition

September 28, 2007

 Saturday Night Fever: 30th Anniversary Edition

Saturday Night Fever (1977) turns 30 this year and has become firmly entrenched as a popular culture icon. It is one of those rare films that tapped into the zeitgeist of its time, brought disco into the mainstream, transformed its star, John Travolta,... 

The TV Set

September 27, 2007

 The TV Set

The TV Set (2006) is a satire of television that wants to be the next Network (1976) but opts for a much more laid-back approach. The film shows the inner workings of the T.V. industry and how a pilot episode is pitched, then produced, and, in this case,... 

Lucky You

September 25, 2007

 Lucky You

After the surprise critical and semi-commercial hit of L.A. Confidential (1997), director Curtis Hanson followed it up with the equally critically-lauded Wonder Boys (2000) that, despite two separate theatrical releases, failed to connect with a mainstream... 

Next

September 24, 2007

 Next

Cris Johnson (Cage) is a two-bit Las Vegas magician, a second-rate Amazing Kreskin who can also see two minutes into the future but only as it pertains to him. The one exception to his two-minute rule is a recurring vision that he has of a woman in a... 

Manhunter

September 20, 2007

 Manhunter

I think I’ve lost count how many different DVD incarnations there of Michael Mann’s film, Manhunter (1986). Anchor Bay released a superb Limited Edition Director’s Cut and then one without many of the extras. Then, they released a Michael Mann’s... 

The Lost World

September 19, 2007

 The Lost World

In 1960s, Irwin Allen was the king of the big budget B-movie, employing A-list actors while still retaining a pulpy vibe. In 1960, he decided to tackle Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous novel, The Lost World, about a group of adventurers that explore... 

Face/Off: Special Collector’s Edition

September 18, 2007

 Face/Off: Special Collector’s Edition

It took two Hollywood films (Hard Target and Broken Arrow) before John Woo was allowed to cut loose with his trademark style on Face/Off (1997). The result was his most commercially and critically successful American film at that point in his career.... 

Wall Street: 20th Anniversary Edition

September 14, 2007

 Wall Street: 20th Anniversary Edition

When Oliver Stone made Wall Street (1987), he was riding high from the commercial and critical success of Platoon (1986). His father, Lou Stone, had been a stockbroker on Wall Street in New York City and this film was a son’s way of paying tribute to... 

Inland Empire

September 13, 2007

 Inland Empire

“A woman in trouble.” That is David Lynch’s concise synopsis for his latest film, Inland Empire (2006), but it could easily describe any one of his female protagonists, from Lula traveling along the weird, yellow brick road in Wild at Heart (1990)... 

Night on Earth

September 10, 2007

 Night on Earth

Jim Jarmusch began the 1990s with Night on Earth (1991) and would go on to produce some of his strongest work with Dead Man (1995) and Ghost Dog (1999). However, these two films don’t quite have the warmth and the humanity abundant in Night on Earth.... 

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