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Entries from July 2006

Lady In The Water

July 31st, 2006 · No Comments

The film press can hardly be impervious to trends or fads, I suppose. After all, those who are chosen to comment on current cinema have an audience to consider, and the current time and place presumably serve as lens and mirror in determining what is “good” and “bad” among the given week’s offerings. Perhaps that [...]

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Tags: Director · Drama · Sci-Fi/Fantasy · Thriller


July 23rd, 2006 · No Comments

Sometimes low expectations aren’t enough to make a bad movie enjoyable. Even though Jarhead wasn’t well received, I understood it to have some good performances despite the material. Perhaps that is true. Peter Sarsgaard is a very talented actor, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx, while possessing nary the range or sublety of Sargsaard, have [...]

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Tags: Biographical · War

Cache (Hidden)

July 14th, 2006 · 1 Comment

A quick search reveals that no one has yet to write a biography or analysis of the work of Michael Haneke, whose tenth feature film, Cache, brought him the best director award at the 2005 Cannes festival. For my money, he is among the most talented directors today, and an artist whose work displays something [...]

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Tags: Director · Foreign Language · Thriller

Site improvements underway

July 7th, 2006 · No Comments

I am switching site management software (from Blogger to WordPress) to provide richer content (searching and categories, for starters). The site now actually resides at However, until the transition is complete, the old posts are still available at
The old posts are now imported here, but there are a few formatting tweeks to be [...]

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Tags: Site News

Superman Returns

July 3rd, 2006 · No Comments

I had Superman Underoos. There, I’ve said it. No, there’s more. I loved those Superman Underoos. By some magical twist of fate, my mother was given a pair of red snow boots one Christmas before I was born, and we had a red bath towel, so I didn’t just have Superman Underoos. I was Superman. [...]

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Tags: Comic Book · Popcorn

The Da Vinci Code

July 3rd, 2006 · No Comments

I don’t consume much popular fiction (unless it has been adapted to the screen), although I did read a couple books last week while on vacation, battery life on the laptop being what it is and with the annoying lack of electrical outlets on the beach. So I was not among the millions who saw [...]

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Tags: Popcorn · Thriller