Z CHANNEL: A MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 120 minutes

AIRS ON IFC, MAY 14TH! The picture makes a case for placing Harvey on the Mount Rushmore of film preservationists — his broadcasts of uncut versions of “1900” and “Heaven’s Gate,” among others, helped rehabilitate the reputations of maligned films…


Posted on May 13, 2005 by

ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM

4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110 minutes

SXSW DOCUMENTARY FEATURE 2005 REVIEW! Powerful on many levels at once, “Enron” couldn’t be more necessary as we wade into the muck of a second Bush term — an era in which corporations will undoubtedly be given even more leeway with which to rob the American public…


Posted on March 19, 2005 by

THE ICE CREAM MAN

THE ICE CREAM MAN

“The Ice Cream Man” is a flavorful confection about people bridging their differences…



Posted on March 9, 2005 by

TWIST OF FAITH

4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE! Dick doesn’t even try to offer impartiality; his film is an all-out attack on the church that employs such rules as “mental reservation,” an obscure loophole in the Catholic canon that authorizes priests to lie if doing so protects the church…


Posted on February 26, 2005 by

THE TWILIGHT ZONE: SEASON 1 (DVD)

THE TWILIGHT ZONE: SEASON 1 (DVD)

Image Entertainment recently issued a chunky 6-disc set of the 1980s “Twilight Zone,” comprising the first season’s 22 episodes…



Posted on February 11, 2005 by

MIAMI VICE: SEASON ONE (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

I’m pleased to have my fondest “Vice” memories compiled into one tidy package. Whenever I need a dose of glossy 1980s style, all I have to do is slip in a disc to hear Johnson bark “Freeze! Miami Vice!” With those three words, I’m once again a 15-year-old glued to my TV on a Friday night, watching Michael Mann’s latest big-budget action epic unfurl in my living room…


Posted on February 10, 2005 by

THIS REVOLUTION

1 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

SUNDANCE AMERICAN SPECTRUM 2005 REVIEW! The protagonist of “This Revolution” is Jake, a cameraman for fictional TV network BCN. He’s a hot-blooded, socially conscious guy with a chip on his shoulder because the network suppressed footage he taped of civilian casualties in Iraq…


Posted on January 30, 2005 by

PLANET OF THE ARABS

PLANET OF THE ARABS
1 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

SUNDANCE SHORT 2005 REVIEW! While Salloum forcefully pursues an admirable agenda, her film is ultimately nothing more than a clip reel because it lacks context and analysis…


Posted on January 30, 2005 by

ON A CLEAR DAY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

SUNDANCE WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION 2005 REVIEW! The setting is a shipyard in Glasgow, and the scene should be joyous…


Posted on January 30, 2005 by

AMERICAN FAME PT. 2: FORGETTING JONATHAN BRANDIS

AMERICAN FAME PT. 2:  FORGETTING JONATHAN BRANDIS
0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

SUNDANCE SHORT 2005 REVIEW! Sure, it gets a little creepy after a while to watch faceless figures fidget around in crunchy black-and-white as ominous music drones, but Archer’s devices for creating this disquiet are borrowed from a host of filmmakers with more to say…


Posted on January 29, 2005 by

GREEN BUSH

GREEN BUSH
4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 27 minutes

SUNDANCE SHORT 2005 REVIEW! While many of the players are nonactors whose remarkable faces imbue wordless roles with credibility, the picture ultimately succeeds because of Page’s winning performance…


Posted on January 29, 2005 by

A THOUSAND ROADS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 40 minutes

SUNDANCE SPECIAL SCREENING 2005 REVIEW! Details such as this one elevate “A Thousand Roads” past its role as a museum showpiece and identify the film as personal expression that just happens to unfold on a grand scale…


Posted on January 29, 2005 by

THE GIRL FROM MONDAY

1 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

SUNDANCE PREMIERE 2005 REVIEW! A profoundly unnecessary movie, “The Girl From Monday” is an embarrassment for indie stalwart Hal Hartley…


Posted on January 29, 2005 by

UNKNOWN WHITE MALE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

SUNDANCE WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION 2005 REVIEW! It’s quite an accomplishment to turn a deeply personal story about loss and pain into a droning clunker, but that’s what Murray has done…


Posted on January 28, 2005 by

ROOM

1 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

SUNDANCE FRONTIER 2005 REVIEW! If you want an idea of what to expect from “Room,” think “Pi” without the filling…


Posted on January 26, 2005 by

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