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My Blueberry Nights

June 27, 2008

 My Blueberry Nights

For years, Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai has resisted the lure of the United States, content to make his films in his native country (with the exception of Happy Together which was shot in South America) without any Hollywood movie stars. This has... 

The Sword in the Stone: 45th Anniversary Edition

June 25, 2008

 The Sword in the Stone: 45th Anniversary Edition

While not regarded as one of Walt Disney’s animated masterpieces, The Sword in the Stone (1963) is the 18th animated feature in the Disney animated features canon and still a highly regarded film in its own right. This film is the Disney-fied version... 

The Spiderwick Chronicles: Two-Disc Field Guide Edition

June 24, 2008

 The Spiderwick Chronicles: Two-Disc Field Guide Edition

Like The Golden Compass (2007), The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) is an adaptation of a series of popular children’s novels and made in the hopes of kick-starting a lucrative franchise a la Harry Potter. The film received mostly positive reviews and... 

Classe tous risques

June 16, 2008

 Classe tous risques

Despite kick-starting his career as a feature film director in the 1960s when the French New Wave was all the rage, Claude Sautet was never part of that movement. He got his start as an assistant director and got the gig for Classe tous risques (1960)... 

Hiya, Kids!! A ’50s Saturday Morning

June 12, 2008

 Hiya, Kids!! A ’50s Saturday Morning

The folks at the Shout Factory have cornered the market on nostalgia and are at it again with Hiya, Kids!! A ‘50s Saturday Morning, a primer of vintage children’s television programs from the 1950s. They have compiled the cream of the crop with the... 

Joy Division

June 11, 2008

 Joy Division

While Control (2007) was the dramatized account of the rise and fall of British rock band Joy Division and its troubled lead singer Ian Curtis, Joy Division (2007) is a feature-length documentary chronicling the band’s all-too brief lifespan. Their... 

Heroes of the East

June 9, 2008

 Heroes of the East

Heroes of the East (1979) was produced by the legendary Shaw Brothers and filmed in glorious Shawscope. It pits a Chinese boxer against eight elite Japanese fighters each with their own unique fighting style. Ah To (Liu) is a young martial arts master... 

The Thief of Bagdad: Criterion Collection

June 4, 2008

 The Thief of Bagdad: Criterion Collection

Filmed in gorgeous Technicolor, The Thief of Bagdad (1940) is a rich, epic fantasy tale that captivated audiences and influenced a generation of filmmakers, chief among them Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, and Martin Scorsese, and authors of fantastical... 

Semi-Pro: Two-Disc Unrated Version

June 3, 2008

 Semi-Pro: Two-Disc Unrated Version

Semi-Pro (2008) proved that Will Ferrell is no longer bulletproof at the box office. The film was not well-received by the critics (nothing new for Ferrell) but failed to connect with his fans like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and Talladega... 

Control

June 2, 2008

 Control

Ever since Ian Curtis, lead singer of the British band Joy Division, died in 1980, he has achieved the iconic status of an emerging artist showing signs of brilliance before meeting an early, tragic end. In Curtis’ case, he committed suicide on the... 

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