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10:00 am
Tue January 17, 2006

The New World

A Noble Savage

Visual Poetry

"For all its sophistication the American mind retains the essential quality of the savage mind: it is vulnerable, capturable, manipulable. Perhaps there is something about the American continent itself, with its vast, still virgin stretch, which makes this quality appropriate." Max Lerner

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Movie Reviews
10:02 am
Mon January 16, 2006

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

One laugh at least.

Comedy?

"It has been wisely said that we cannot really love anybody at whom we never laugh." Agnes Repplier, "Americans and Others"

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Movie Reviews
3:13 pm
Fri January 13, 2006

The Notorious Bettie Page

Sweet

Guiltless titillation

Here's a way to have guiltless titillation and take a time travel back to the fifties: See The Notorious Bettie Page, a sweet biopic about the most famous pin-up next to Marilyn Monroe. Yes, see a fetchingly dark haired Page be innocently naughty with some outrageously bonding costumes or none at all because Bettie could do it all naively so sincere you might believe she thought her soft sadomasochistic photographs innocent indulgence for nice people.

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It's Movie Time
11:46 am
Thu January 12, 2006

"It's Movie Time" January 13, 2006

Films reviewed: Casanova, Tristan & Isolde, Breakfast on Pluto


"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator national honors.

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Movie Reviews
12:17 pm
Wed January 11, 2006

Tristan & Isolde

Low-level Wagner without the music.

"If they be two, they are two so

As stiff twin compasses are two . . . ." John Donne

Tristan & Isolde is low-level Wagner without the music, a fairly-faithful rendition of the classic story of a young hero, Tristan (James Franco), asked by Cornwall's fifth-century King Mark (Rufus Sewell) to win the hand of the Irish king's daughter, Isolde (Sophia Miles), for marriage.

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Movie Reviews
10:36 am
Wed January 11, 2006

Glory Road

Strategy

Honest and Exciting

"There be some sports are painful, and their labor

Delight in them sets off. Some kinds of baseness

Are nobly undergone, and most poor matters

Point to rich ends." Shakespeare, The Tempest

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Movie Reviews
4:58 pm
Fri January 6, 2006

Casanova

A womanizer in rehab.

One of the best farces, regardless of period,in years.

"Lust is a mysterious wound in the side of humanity; or rather, at the very source of its life!" Georges Bernanos

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It's Movie Time
12:20 pm
Thu January 5, 2006

"It's Movie Time" January 6, 2006

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"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator national honors.


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Movie Reviews
11:48 am
Wed January 4, 2006

Hoodwinked

Check out those eyes.

Who cares if we've been hoodwinked?

When it comes to contemporary animations, I think of the witty lines lampooning popular culture while delighting children evident in such features as Wallace and Gromit, Shrek, and Shark's Tale. But now comes Hoodwinked to make me forget those relatively mild satires.

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It's Movie Time
12:45 pm
Wed December 28, 2005

"It's Movie Time" December 30, 2005

Brokeback Mountain

Films reviewed: Munich, Brokeback Mountain, Memoirs of a Geisha

"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator national honors.


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Movie Reviews
3:00 pm
Tue December 27, 2005

The Ringer

A winning loser.

Some laughs and much respect.

"It is in the comprehension of the physically disabled, or disordered . . . that we are behind our age . . . . Sympathy as a fine art is backward in the growth of progress . . . ." Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

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Movie Reviews
4:26 pm
Thu December 22, 2005

Brokeback Mountain

True Love

A majestic tale.

"This is a celebration of individual freedom, not of homosexuality. No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody." Feminist Rita Mae Brown (1982, about the opening of the Gay Olympics in San Francisco)

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It's Movie Time
12:52 pm
Thu December 22, 2005

"It's Movie Time" December 23, 2005

Those eyes

Films reviewed: Fun with DIck and Jane, Duma, Hoodwinked


"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator national honors.


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Movie Reviews
12:14 pm
Mon December 19, 2005

Duma

The cat's meow

A good old-fashioned pet tale

"Nature breaks through the eyes of the cat."

Irish proverb

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Movie Reviews
2:45 pm
Sat December 17, 2005

Munich

A curious simplicity in the film's vision

"Who has not felt how sadly sweet

The dream of home, the dream of home,

Steals o'er the heart, too soon to fleet,

When far o'er sea or land we roam?" Thomas Moore

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Movie Reviews
2:51 pm
Fri December 16, 2005

Wolf Creek

It's worse than it looks.

Go with at least two cars.

"I'm going to do something now they used to do in Vietnam. It's called making a head on a stick." Mick Taylor, Wolf Creek

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It's Movie Time
2:30 pm
Thu December 15, 2005

"It's Movie Time" December 16, 2005

The Beast

Films reviewed: King Kong, Chronicles of Narnia, Family Stone


"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator national honors.


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Movie Reviews
1:10 pm
Tue December 13, 2005

King Kong

A nineties kind of sensitive guy.

One of the best movies of the year.

Is Peter "Lord-of-the-Rings" Jackson's King Kong too long? Yes, by a half hour at least. Are its special effects the best in the history of cinema? Yes, by most standards. Is it one of the best films of the year? Yes, by any standard.

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Movie Reviews
9:36 am
Tue December 13, 2005

The Family Stone

A Stoned Family.

Half has edge.

The first half or so of The family Stone is iconoclastic and edgy; the second is trite and sappy. But then I loved Billy Bob Thornton's Bad Santa, so you know where I'm coming from. I loved how the film attacks prejudice in the form of Sarah Jessica Parker's Meredith Morton, an uptight fianc?e of Dermot Mulroney's Everett Stone. To her, laid-back, similarly outsider brother Ben Stone (Luke Wilson) says, "You have the freak flag... you just don't fly it."

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It's Movie Time
11:56 am
Fri December 9, 2005

"It's Movie Time" December 9, 2005

Aeon Flux

Films reviewed: Syriana, Aeon Flux, Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing


"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator national honors.

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