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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

New Movie Reviews from Combustible Celluloid
Once again I've been delinquent in posting my new movie reviews, but here they are. My friend and colleague Rob Blackwelder stepped in to review Asylum, which I missed. Rialto Pictures has re-released a new print of Louis Malle's Elevator to the Gallows, which means (hopefully) that a new Criterion DVD will follow. The halfway decent The 40 Year-Old Virgin came in at number one at the box office, which surpised me, since Wes Craven's Red Eye is actually a pretty decent, solidly constructed movie. Finally, Wong Kar-wai's great new 2046 opened in theaters, and Sony Pictures has done their best to stifle all those import DVDs that have been floating around.

I was also lucky enough to speak briefly with Mr. Craven about his new movie.

In new DVDs, I checked out the long awaited DVD debut of Eric Rohmer's masterpiece Autumn Tale, which is a Region 2, PAL import copy of only middling quality. It'll do for now. I also checked out a new homemade short film called Broken that some action fans might want to look into. John Ford's Drums Along the Mohawk finally hits DVD, but where is his great Fort Apache? New Yorker released a pair of superb Mohsen Makhmalbaf films from Iran: A Moment of Innocence and The Silence, appropriate since they opened in U.S. theaters as a double-bill in 2000. Remington Steele: Season One is a cheesy preview of Pierce Brosnan's James Bond charm, Sin City skimps on the extras, and The Truman Show: Special Edition is as good as I remember it being when I reviewed it in 1998.

Until next week...
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