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Pierrot le fou: Criterion Collection

February 29, 2008

 Pierrot le fou: Criterion Collection

Based on Lionel White’s crime novel, Obsession, Pierrot le fou (1965) was originally going to star Richard Burton as a man who leaves his family to hook up with a younger girl to be played pop singer Sylvie Vartan. However, both were unavailable, so... 

Beowulf: Unrated Director’s Cut

February 29, 2008

 Beowulf: Unrated Director’s Cut

After leaving behind live-action motion pictures for the computer-animated adaptation of The Polar Express (2004), Robert Zemeckis utilized the same technology for another adaptation – Beowulf (2007). With the help of author Neil Gaiman and screenwriter... 

In the Shadow of the Moon

February 25, 2008

 In the Shadow of the Moon

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” And with those iconic words, spoken by astronaut Neil Armstrong, we landed on the Moon. It was the first time that a human being visited another world. Documentary In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)... 

Blue State

February 22, 2008

 Blue State

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” And with those iconic words, spoken by astronaut Neil Armstrong, we landed on the Moon. It was the first time that a human being visited another world. Documentary In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)... 

Gone Baby Gone

February 21, 2008

 Gone Baby Gone

After the very public dissolution of his relationship with Jennifer Lopez and the critical and commercial flop of their film Gigli (2003), Ben Affleck wisely adopted a low profile, taking on modest character roles in films like Hollywoodland (2006) and... 

Kurt Cobain: About a Son

February 20, 2008

 Kurt Cobain: About a Son

Since Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994, many books have been written about him and his band Nirvana that try to get the real story about the musician and reluctant rock star. Arguably, the best book about him is Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana by Michael... 

Becoming Jane

February 19, 2008

 Becoming Jane

Having broken through to the mainstream with The Devil Wears Prada (2006), actress Anne Hathaway tries her hand at the period film, a necessary step for anyone who wants to stretch themselves and demonstrate that they have range. Still early in her career,... 

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown: Remastered Deluxe Edition

February 15, 2008

 Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown: Remastered Deluxe Edition

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown originally aired on the CBS network in 1975 and was the follow-up to It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (which had its debut in 1974). It featured the Peanuts gang that we all know and love, and their continuing trials... 

This Sporting Life: Criterion Collection

February 14, 2008

 This Sporting Life: Criterion Collection

Based on the novel by David Storey (who wrote the screenplay himself), This Sporting Life (1963) marked the feature film debut of Lindsay Anderson and features a ferocious performance by Richard Harris as Frank Machin, a professional rugby player. We... 

Walker: Criterion Collection

February 11, 2008

 Walker: Criterion Collection

Walker (1987) is an unconventional biopic that effectively burned any remaining bridges Alex Cox had with Hollywood. He took a modest amount of studio money and made a film about William Walker, an opportunistic American who invaded Nicaragua and became... 

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