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Friday, March 24, 2006

New Movie & DVD Reviews from Combustible Celluloid: Inside Man, etc.
Spike Lee's Inside Man is the best movie I've seen all year, not counting Terrence Malick's The New World, which was offiicially a 2005 release. Not only is Inside Man a crackerjack thriller, but one that immerses itself in a new kind of post-9/11 community, both frightening and reassuring. It's a hugely ambiguous film that trusts in the audience implicitly. It says everything that Oscar-winner Crash wanted to say, but with more grace and less preaching.

Otherwise, we have one other very good movie, a brilliant, vicious satire, Thank You for Smoking. Director Wim Wenders returns with a modest, yet sometimes lovely, failure, Don't Come Knocking. Asia Argento's powerful, punk-rock film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things is not for every taste, and Sorry, Haters isn't really for any taste.

I also had a very interesting chat with Wim Wenders.

In new DVDs, the wonderful Capote (Sony Pictures Classics) streets this week; it's one of only two Oscar winners that I really liked. The Criterion Collection blesses us with a new Kind Hearts and Coronets, one of the greatest comedies ever made. And I've been enjoying the heck out of The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection (MGM/UA). Just in time for Easter, Paramount has spruced up The Ten Commandments: 50th Anniversary Edition, now with a third bonus disc containing DeMille's 1923 silent version. The Squid and the Whale (Sony) was one of 2005's smartest, non-messagey films, and Keane was one of its most underrated.

If anyone cares, Dear Wendy, Derailed, Get Rich or Die Tryin' and Paradise Now were also released.
:: posted by Jeffrey M. Anderson, 3/24/2006 Comments (4)
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