Archive for February, 2004

Battle Royale [Batoru rowaiaru]

Battle Royale [Batoru rowaiaru]

| February 29, 2004

Japan is in a time of turmoil. The economy on the decline and the crime rate is at an all-time high. In these desperate times desperate measures seem appropriate. In order to deter youth crime and gain their attention, Parliament has enacted the “Battle Royale Act,” which empowers the Japanese government to randomly choose a […]

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The Dreamers

The Dreamers

| February 27, 2004

I wasn’t around for the birth of the French New Wave or the ousting of the Cinematheque Francais founder Henry Langlois by the French government or the riots that immediately followed. As a matter of fact, the closest I’ve been to France is by way of the Freedom Fries specials from Maxwell Street Hot Dogs […]

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Unshackled

Unshackled

| February 24, 2004

Unshackled is the story of two men–Harold Morris (Burgess Jenkins–Remember The Titans), a white sharecropper’s son from South Carolina, and Marcus “Doc” Odomes (James Black–Love and a Bullet), a black man raised by his mother in the inner city of New York. Both were poisoned by racism and sentenced to life in the Georgia State […]

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

| February 24, 2004

Demy’s whimsical yet serious-minded film is both innocent curio and document of nouvelle vague aspiration. A completely sung script at once unsettles the audience and distances them from the text in a Brechtian fashion, but also charms with its verve and ingenuousness. Starring the impossibly beautiful Catherine Deneuve, the film attempts to meld the emotional […]

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Absolute Aggression

Absolute Aggression

| February 24, 2004

MTI Home Video will release the sci-fi action film Absolute Aggression on February 17, 2004. Absolute Aggression stars Robert Davi (Showgirls, License to Kill, Die Hard), Amy Lynn Baxter (Smokin’ Stogies, Bikini Bistro), J. Christian Ingvordsen/John Christian (Bog Creatures, Airboss), Joan Gerardi (New York Nights), Kelly Gleeson (Airboss IV: The X Factor), Ronnie Kerr (The […]

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Suicide Club

Suicide Club

| February 24, 2004

As writer/director Shion Sono’s film Suicide Club opens, 54 uniformed schoolgirls commit synchronized suicide by jumping hand-in-hand in front of a rush hour train at Shinjuku station in Japan. The shocked throngs of onlooking commuters are sprayed by fountains of blood that wash over the concrete platform. Soon after, a group of detectives, led by […]

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Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV

Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV

| February 17, 2004

After nearly fifteen years Troma’s greatest hero The Toxic Avenger is back and he’s brought his overweight sidekick, Lardass! In Oct of 2001 Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV premiered at the pioneer Theatre in New York City. After a lengthy festival run Citizen Toxie was released on DVD for the non-festival viewing public […]

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Forever Loyal: A Salute to the Cubs Fans and Their Field

Forever Loyal: A Salute to the Cubs Fans and Their Field

| February 17, 2004

My detoxification of the 2003 Cubs baseball season is nearly complete. All mentions of corked bats, Prior injuries and goat curses no longer make me go into convulsions. My motto for the 2004 season is simply: Bartman who?…Ugh. Nevermind, but a new season is only weeks away and the Cubbies are on track for another […]

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Un chien andalou / L’Age D’or

Un chien andalou / L’Age D’or

| February 16, 2004

A man watches from a balcony as a cloud flits across the moon. In the next shot the same man opens a passive woman’s eye wide and slits it with a cut-throat razor. Aggressive, disturbing, subversive–in two swift cuts (pun intended) lies the essence of Un chien andalou, Buñuel and Dali’s still astonishing film/artwork from […]

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The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

| February 16, 2004

With a plethora of award events this time of year, the Screen Actors Guild has the distinction of hosting the only ceremony where performers are recognized and honored based solely on the voting selection of their peers. What is more, the Guild not only recognizes the individual achievements of actors in film and television but […]

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