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Under the Flag of the Rising Sun


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It wasn't until near the end of his life and career that Japanese filmmaker Kinji Fukasaku really came to the attention of American audiences. In 2000, his final film, Battle Royale, exploded on the s ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 David Walker

SETTING THE CAPTIVES FREE

A tidy Korean thriller liberates summer blockbuster audiences.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Plenty of movies scheduled for release this summer have a buzz surrounding them. Films like Fantastic Four and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that the big studios have sunk millions and millions of ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 David Walker

Random Rentals (or, Learning From My Mistakes)


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The other day I went to the video store looking for something that wouldn't be too intellectually challenging, but would prove some mindless fun. There were all sorts of movies to choose from, but the ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 David Walker

Let Them Eat Cake

The hardboiled, stylish Layer Cake is one of the year's tastiest crime thrillers.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Don't be fooled by the title: Layer Cake isn't some insipid romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant as a charming baker who falls in love with a high-society model played by Julia Roberts. While that migh ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 David Walker

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The Job/The Great Rock-'n'-Roll Swindle


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Check This Out: The JobWhen a television series is canceled after only one season, it usually means one thing: The show sucked. But every now and then a show comes along that isn't total crap but stil ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 David Walker

The Empire Strikes Out!

Episode III-Revenge of the Sith (mercifully) concludes George Lucas' ineptly executed space opera.


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Talking about Star Wars can be as unpleasant as arguing about politics or religion. All three subjects command blind loyalty from devoted followers and can spark heated arguments among the converted. ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 David Walker

Written on the Wall

Local filmmaker Jimmy Bolton creates a moving portrait of urban isolation in The Graffiti Artist.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It is almost impossible to look at filmmaker Jimmy Bolton's latest film, The Graffiti Artist, and not experience a rush of feeling-not the least of which is a twinge of jealousy. That Bolton could, wi ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 David Walker

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Bad Day at Black Rock


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Blurring the lines between westerns, film noir, and mysteries, Bad Day at Black Rock is hard to categorize. Released on DVD this week, director John Sturges' 1954 film is a seamless marriage of multip ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 David Walker

Forward and Back

Todd Solondz's Palindromes challenges the perceptions of perception.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Todd Solondz is not an easy filmmaker to connect with. His dry, somber-faced films are meticulous character studies of eccentrics and societal misfits who are as likely to disturb or offend as to ende ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2005 David Walker

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Check it Out: Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack JohnsonNot to be confused with pop musician Jack Johnson, or Mos Def's rock group Black Jack Johnson, the Jack Johnson was the first, un ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2005 David Walker
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