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2006 Stories by Joshua Land

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  • 'Justice'

    published October 10, 2006

    One of the more improbable foreign-film blockbusters of recent years, the Brazilian City of God exposed the art-film audience's... More >>

  • 'Hair High'

    published October 10, 2006

    Less a send-up of Gothic melodrama than of late-'50s/early-'60s–style teen-death songs, Hair High starts from a simple enough story:... More >>

  • 'Frankenstein's Bloody Nightmare'

    published October 3, 2006

    This contemporary variation on the Mary Shelley myth features one Victor Karlstein (writer-director John R. Hand), a nervous young doctor... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published September 19, 2006

    Beowulf & Grendel (Anchor Bay) Icelandic director Sturla Gunnarsson's aptly titled take on the Beowulf legend is less... More >>

  • 'Home'

    published September 12, 2006

    The type of documentary that aspires to first-name intimacy, Jeffrey Togman's Home takes a close look at two extraordinary women: Sheree... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published September 12, 2006

    All the King's Men (Sony) This "new" release is actually a reissue of Robert Rossen's 1949 Best Picture winner, adapted from... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published September 5, 2006

    Animal Charm—Golden Digest (Other Cinema) Recycling the likes of nature documentaries, corporate training tapes, and... More >>

  • Past Masters

    published August 29, 2006

    The whisperings have begun. Blame it on a weak Cannes, the demise of Wellspring, a generalized cultural malaise, or just the law of averages... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published August 22, 2006

    Double Indemnity (Universal) Among the extras on this two-disc edition of Billy Wilder's classic noir: the documentary... More >>

  • 'Surviving Eden'

    published August 15, 2006

    This witless satire dares to take on the culture of—get ready for this—reality TV! Arriving a stupefying five years out of date,... More >>

  • 'LOL'

    published August 15, 2006

    The men of LOL are constantly on their computers or cell phones, absorbed in technology to the exclusion of the world right in front of... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published August 15, 2006

    Apocalypse Now— The Complete Dossier (Paramount) This two-disc set includes both the original 1979 film and the 2001 ... More >>

  • 'King Leopold's Ghost'

    published August 8, 2006

    The latest in a recent wave of films on past and present troubles in Central Africa, the new documentary King Leopold's Ghost sets itself... More >>

  • 'Moonlight'

    published August 8, 2006

    Nearly devoid of exposition, this highly original 2002 feature from Dutch filmmaker Paula van der Oest begins with two seemingly unrelated events:... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published August 8, 2006

    A Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (Magnolia) As its painstakingly accurate title informs us, this disc... More >>

  • 'Hamilton'

    published August 1, 2006

    Regional indie cinema, at least of the American variety, has deservedly gotten a bad rap in recent years. First-timer Matthew Porterfield's ... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published August 1, 2006

    Don't Come Knocking (Sony) Wim Wenders revisits the setting (the American Southwest) and screenwriter (Sam Shepard) of his... More >>

  • 'Vacationland'

    published July 25, 2006

    A cluttered assemblage of low-budget gay- cinema hooks—go-go dancing, nude modeling, sexual blackmail, bathroom-stall cruising—Todd... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published July 25, 2006

    Aristide and the Endless Revolution (First Run) Nicolas Rossier's documentary, which played to packed houses last year at the... More >>

  • 'The World According to Shorts'

    published July 11, 2006

    A fixture on the local moviegoing circuit since 2000, the annual "The World According to Shorts" has provided one of the few regular outlets for... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published July 11, 2006

    Afro-Punk (Image) Fresh from a BAMcinématek run, James Spooner's documentary on black punk identity surfaces on... More >>

  • Mob Story

    published July 4, 2006

    Opening with its hero's dramatic death on the highway, Excellent Cadavers is seldom at a loss for excitement. Featuring countless murders,... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published July 4, 2006

    Anxious Animation (Other Cinema) The latest release from the increasingly essential Other Cinema compiles experimental... More >>

  • 'Kill Your Idols'

    published June 27, 2006

    For two-thirds of its brief length, Scott Crary's Kill Your Idols is content to competently survey the past three decades of downtown... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published June 27, 2006

    Dazed and Confused (Criterion) Although Before Sunset and this week's A Scanner Darkly provide some stiff... More >>

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