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Paths of Glory: Criterion Collection

October 29, 2010

 Paths of Glory: Criterion Collection

The subject of war was one that fascinated Stanley Kubrick for much of his career. His first film, Fear and Desire (1953), was an allegorical war picture and with Dr. Strangelove (1964), he made a scathingly satirical anti-war film. Full Metal Jacket... 

The Last Seven

October 21, 2010

 The Last Seven

It seems that failed agony uncle Danny Dyer has been in an awful lot of direct-to-video films lately. In fact, every time that I go to my local Asda, he’s there, mocking me from the DVD aisle. Cheapo copies of Pimp, Jack Said, City Rats and Dead... 

Zombies of Mass Destruction

October 21, 2010

 Zombies of Mass Destruction

What’s the deal with zombie movies and social commentary? A lot of the better known walking dead flicks seem to have something to say that runs a bit deeper than the carnage and cannibalism that they celebrate. Night of the Living Dead, George A.... 

The Brothers Bloom

October 21, 2010

 The Brothers Bloom

It was with high expectations that I slipped Bloom into my DVD player. After all, Rian Johnson had made the excellent Dashiell-Hammet-in-high-school Brick, one of the coolest indie films of the past few years. Would Bloom have the sharp dialogue, excellent... 

MGM ’80s Movie Collection

October 12, 2010

 MGM ’80s Movie Collection

Valley Girl (1983) is a milestone 1980s comedy for several reasons. It was a smart, sexy and funny alternative to the countless teen comedies that came out during the decade. It helped popularize Valley Girl-speak that originated among teenage girls from... 

The Darjeeling Limited: Criterion Collection

October 11, 2010

 The Darjeeling Limited: Criterion Collection

Coming off the ambitiously mounted and complicated production that was The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), Wes Anderson wanted his next film to be much smaller in size and more intimate in scope. Initially inspired by living in Paris with actor... 

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