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Ellie Parker (2004).
"Scott Coffey's Ellie Parker is a tour de force for Naomi Watts, and also likely a more realistic depiction of life in Los Angeles than Crash," writes Craig Phillips. "If nothing else, it's certainly funnier."
And don't miss N.P. Thompson's interview with Coffey.
Wolf Creek (2004).
"Wolf Creek is a swaggeringly nasty, self-assured piece of ordeal horror set in the Australian outback," writes Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian. "With nods to Duel and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, first- time writer-director Greg McLean shows the neo-goreheads from the US and UK how it ought to be done."
Fun With Dick and Jane (2005).
Watch Fun With Dick and Jane as a double feature with Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room to see why it's one of the most subversive Hollywood comedies in recent years. This dark yet funny remake of the playful original stars Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni.
An Unfinished Life (2005).
Pretty hokey, but after Pray and Wolf Creek, you might find that comforting.
With Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Lopez.
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005).
"Predictable though it is, the picture is rousing and well paced, and the final competition is effectively suspenseful, even if your knowledge of golf history is greater than mine (which would not be hard)," wrote A.O. Scott in the New York Times.
Directed, interestingly enough, by Bill Paxton.
The Falls (1980).
"I like to think of The Falls as my own personal encyclopedia Greenaway-ensis," Peter Greenaway has said himself.
"Greenaway's most brilliant film," announced James Irwin in Cinematograph. "It is one of the most astonishing films of the 1980s, virtually unclassifiable. It grasps the intrinsic eclecticism of cinema by the neck and shakes with all its might... What is most astonishing about The Falls is how entertaining it is."
Greenaway: The Shorts (2006).
Six short films by Peter Greenaway: Intervals (1969), Windows (1974), Dear Phone (1976), H is for House (1976), A Walk Through H (1978) and Water Wrackets (1978).
Little Fish (2005).
"An Aussie addiction drama with a splash of crime thriller thrown in, Little Fish boasts strong performances from the Southern Continent's acting A-list," wrote Leo Goldsmith in the Village Voice just this February. "Cate Blanchett is characteristically mesmerizing as Tracy, a thirtysomething video store clerk trying to escape her junkie rap sheet and a lousy credit rating."
Also featuring Hugo Weaving and Sam Neill.
In a 4-out-of-5 "Mugs O' Blood" review at the Horror Channel, Yuichi Sato writes, "the less you know about Pray, the more you're likely to enjoy it. Twists and turns abound, and just when you think you have an idea of how it all might end, something new comes along to mess with your expectations."
18 Fingers of Death! (2004).
What Spinal Tap did for rawk, what A Mighty Wind did for folk, 18 Fingers of Death! threatens to do for the martial arts flick.
The Fantastic World of M.C. Escher (2000).
"I could fill an entire second life with working on my prints," M.C. Escher once said. And some of us could spend just as long getting lost in them.
This doc includes interviews with his friends and with mathematicians, computer animated recreations of his work, and a look at his sources of inspiration in Italy and Spain.
Deep Blue (2003).
"It is in the chasms, way beyond the reaches of the sun, that Deep Blue is most fascinating," wrote Laura Kern in the New York Times. "The cinematic locale, which could pass for an alien planet, and the rarely sighted freak show of deep-sea creatures that inhabit it, are so exotic they would be the envy of any science-fiction film."
Narrated by Michael Gambon.
Maburaho Volume 7: Wizard of Ahhhs! (2006).
"If you like big pouty eyes and even bigger boobs and random scenes of undressed girls, then make sure to add this to that ever-growing list of guilty pleasure titles," writes Carlos Santos for the Anime News Network.
Tenjo Tenge Round 06 (2005).
After watching Round 03, Santos wrote, "Make no mistake: the series is still very much about eye-candy fights and eye-candy fanservice, but unlike other anime of its kind, it's got a serious story to tell."