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The Ninth Gate

October 31, 2006

Critical and commercial reaction to Roman Polanski’s films has always been mixed at best. To say that they are an acquired taste is an understatement. The Ninth Gate (1999) is no exception. Despite what the film’s misleading trailer promoted at the... 

The Brothers Grimm

February 23, 2006

The past few years have been tough for Terry Gilliam. Amidst several false starts, including, most famously, the aborted attempt to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (as documented in Lost in La Mancha), the veteran filmmaker was desperate to make a... 

Scrubs: Season 1

November 23, 2005

Scrubs is a medical comedy about a group of new interns who are adjusting to the demands of working on the front lines of a busy hospital. There’s J.D. (Braff), the idealistic one who also narrates the show, Turk (Faison), the cocky surgical intern... 

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: Special Edition

November 8, 2005

For many years pirate movies have been box office poison. One only has to look as far back as Roman Polanski’s misfire, Pirates (1986) and the mega-budget flop, Cutthroat Island (1995) to see how low the genre has sunk since the heady days of Errol... 

The West Wing: The Complete First Season

July 30, 2002

When The West Wing debuted on television it was considered something of a gamble. At the time, the channels were populated with crime shows (Law and Order, NYPD Blue) and medical dramas (E.R., Chicago Hope) and any show with about politics would either... 

Naked Lunch

December 5, 2001

Just as David Cronenberg was the ideal filmmaker to adapt William S. Burroughs’ complex novel, Naked Lunch, into a film, The Criterion Collection is the perfect company to finally release this challenging movie on DVD. Both have never shied away from... 

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