What Planet Are You From?

The best justification for having cable television in the 1990's was a half-hour HBO satire of late night talk shows starring Garry Shandling. Skewering show business pretensions and egos on a weekly basis, The Larry Sanders Show reveled in  ...

X-Men

Adapting a film from a comic book presents filmmakers with a dilemma. Unless the comic's characters are familiar, like Superman or Batman, non-enthusiasts need background to understand the story and get involved. But taking time to bring neophytes up  ...

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Haven (2004) Frank E. Flowers, director No one in Haven is quite what they seem to be. Or rather, they are mostly completely transparent. Everyone living in newcomer director Frank E. Flowers' vision of life on  ...

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Newcomer indie director Ramin Bahrani spins a sparse tale told in cinema verité of contemporary immigrant life in Manhattan. In Man Push Cart, one-time Pakistani rock star Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi) is now a contemporary displaced person, a working-poor immigrant seeking  ...

Amores Perros

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Amores Perros VHS Amores Perros DVD Rubber Grip 13-Function Army Knife He'll be ready for those everyday James Bond emergencies with this  ...

Blood Simple

The reissue of Joel Coen’s and Ethan Coen’s 1984 Blood Simple contains a brief tongue-in-cheek prologue in which a tweedy Clifton Fadiman clone puts aside a leather-bound tome long enough to extol the merits of "this exquisite masterpiece." (It’s  ...

Cast Away

When the hero of Robert Zemeckis’ Cast Away returns to civilization after spending four years marooned on a South Pacific island, he’s welcomed back in a homecoming staged by his employers. We glimpse but a second of the ceremony,  ...

The City (La Ciudad)

Suggested reading: A Dream for Gilberto: An Immigrant Family's Struggle to Become American (1999), Billie Young New American Destinies: A Reader in Contemporary Asian and Latino Immigration (1996) Darrell Y. Hamamoto (Editor) Writer-director David Riker,  ...

Deterrence

Grundig FR 200 Emergency Radio Windup AM/FM/Shortwave radio with flashlight - a one-minute wind provides up to one hour play time. Be prepared if power is down and batteries run dead... Buy it at Amazon.com  ...

Down to Earth

Some of Chris Rock's best standup comedy - which is to say, some of the best stand-up comedy, period - stems from his awareness that being a black man gives him license to make outrageous observations that would be  ...