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2005 Stories by Joshua Land

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  • Rack Focus

    published December 27, 2005

    Deserted Station (First Run) A photographer and his wife get stranded in a remote village when their car breaks down... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published December 20, 2005

    Airplane—The "Don't Call Me Shirley" Edition (Paramount) Highlighting the 25th anniversary edition of the... More >>

  • Mormonsploitation!

    published December 6, 2005

    The early 20th century saw an explosion of anti-Mormon propaganda—some 30 anti-LDS films were produced between 1905 and 1936, mostly in Great... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published December 6, 2005

    The Pinky Violence Collection (Panik House) For the exploitation film fans and/or Asian-girl fetishists on your holiday... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published November 29, 2005

    Havoc (New Line) One can see why teen princess Anne Hathaway, looking to make the jump to more adult roles, was... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published November 22, 2005

    Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection—Volume 1 (Paramount) Few pop-cultural artifacts seem more emblematic... More >>

  • 'Aristide and the Endless Revolution'

    published November 8, 2005

    In February 2004, Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide was forced from office nearly two years before the end of his term. Aristide and... More >>

  • Devastating Doc's Close-Up on Colombian Gang Warfare

    published November 1, 2005

    The public response to the televised squalor of Hurricane Katrina was an oblique reminder of why the Pentagon has been so careful about the types... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published November 1, 2005

    The Dick Cavett Show: John & Yoko Collection Two of the three Cavett shows collected here date from a September 1971 interview,... More >>

  • Middle Eastern Showcase Mixes the Devout and the Profane

    published October 25, 2005

    So it's a round world after all. Still, one need not be a technological determinist to acknowledge its impact on the rate of global film... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published October 25, 2005

    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (MPI) Championed and vilified upon its original release, John McNaughton's grungy shocker is a... More >>

  • 'The Roost'

    published October 18, 2005

    This shoestring B movie provides the discerning horror fan with a viable alternative to yet another glossy '70s remake. A group of friends on... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published October 18, 2005

    Anticipation of the Night/Takahiko Iimura: 60s Experiments (Re:Voir) You may ask yourself, "What are these strange rectangular... More >>

  • 'Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death'

    published October 11, 2005

    From 1885 until a year before his 1909 death, Belgium's King Leopold II ruled the Congo Free State as his personal fiefdom, enslaving the region's... More >>

  • The Definitive Hitchcock Collection

    published October 11, 2005

    Compactly packaged and reasonably priced, this 15-disc box collects 14 remasters dating from the early 1940s up through Hitchcock's final feature,... More >>

  • Slanted & Enchanted: Fragile Lovers in an Atmospheric Swoon

    published September 27, 2005

    An indie-rock-soundtracked paean to the lonesome crowded West, director Mark Milgard's promising debut is a refreshingly region-specific entry in... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published September 27, 2005

    Devil in the Flesh (NoShame) Once notorious and now nearly forgotten, Marco Bellocchio's 1986 film updates Raymond... More >>

  • 'NewsFakers/Filmmakers'

    published September 20, 2005

    A largely unsatisfying collection of mostly comedic odds and ends, NewsFakers/Filmmakers comprises nine short films directed by writers... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published September 20, 2005

    An Angel at My Table (Criterion) Jane Campion's 1990 feature was actually a three-part miniseries produced for New Zealand TV... More >>

  • Burden of Dreams

    published September 13, 2005

    Reeling from the rhetorical toxicity of the 2004 election, some members of the punditocracy, tiring of red-versus-blue gridlock and convinced the... More >>

  • Rack Focus

    published September 13, 2005

    The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (Paramount) This bold wartime comedy from the redoubtable Preston Sturges stars Betty Hutton... More >>

  • 'Just Like Heaven'

    published September 6, 2005

    Good news for horror fans: Six years after Haley Joel Osment first saw dead people, the gimmick is finally safe for romantic comedy. Surely the... More >>

  • 'Buffalo' Gal’s Hypersensitive Misfits Dig Their Own Holes

    published September 6, 2005

    A movie refreshingly lacking in social graces, Piggie uses the transparency of video to x-ray the psyches of characters obsessed with the... More >>

  • Crimes of the Future: How Not to Build a Time Machine

    published August 30, 2005

    The more things change, the more they stay the same—A Sound of Thunder begins 50 years from now, when having finally conquered the... More >>

  • 'Edge Codes.com: The Art of Motion Picture Editing'

    published August 30, 2005

    A clip-heavy tour of the first century-plus of cinema, this lively, intelligent look at the art of film editing marshals sound bites from... More >>

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