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Choices from Down Under

One film I am grateful for is Rabbit-Proof Fence (Austrailia, 2002). It gut-punched me when I first saw it back in 2002. As a white kid from Appalachia, I’ve never known what it’s like to ...

David Tennant at his recent best

Broadchurch Broadchurch, a British murder mystery, stars David Tennant as a brooding investigator and an exceptional ensemble cast. Though the crime-serial genre is familiar, the storytelling here shines in its intricacies and nuances. Everyone’s guilty ...

Jingoistic male stereotypes

Mission: Impossible: The Original TV Series I grew up watching this series when I was a lad and enjoyed the smooth, concise manner in which Dan or Jim went about their business of protecting the ...

A silent classic and a binge-worthy space show

Pandora’s Box G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box silent classic is near perfect (Germany, 1929, Criterion). It’s about the rise and fall of Lulu, the dancer/streetwalker who captivates all men in her path with her uncommon beauty ...

Five minutes in, eyes are glued

Jim Carrey took the “I’m funny but take me serious” route to a whole different level with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. One of the only movies I crave watching over and over. Simply ...

Don’t call me Shirley

The Big Lebowski is near and dear to my heart. It’s great the first time but even better the second, third, and thirty-ninth times. A sign of a good movie is when the characters stick ...

Classic on so many levels

Brazil’s City of God, about growing up in favelas (slums), is great. Any more realistic and it’d be a documentary. One DVD extra is a documentary about the current state of favelas. They interview not ...

Sixty years of Godzilla

Celebrate Godzilla’s 60th birthday with the wonderful Godzilla Collection from Classic Media. Featuring gorgeous packaging, this set includes seven remastered and individually packaged Godzilla films in both their American and original Japanese-language versions. Invasion of ...

DVD picks from a theater director

Although not my favorite Coen brothers’ film, Blood Simple is their directorial debut and shows what makes them the top filmmakers in America today. Director’s cut DVD is a must. Three minutes shorter than the ...

A web monkey's DVD picks

The 1982 sword-and-sorcery fantasy Beastmaster was a staple on cable. So much so HBO was jokingly referred to as “Hey, Beastmaster’s on!” Sadly, you can’t just turn on your TV anymore and see Marc Singer ...

DVD picks from a Derby girl

In Manhattan, Woody Allen’s middle-aged Isaac quits his TV writing gig to write the Great American Novel. Graced with a preternaturally perceptive 17-year-old girlfriend, Isaac trades quips with his amusingly pretentious writer friends and engages ...

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