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The Aviator (2004).
with the blasted Academy Awards
come and gone, we can stop worrying
about whether Martin Scorsese is
finally going to get the Oscar
he so richly deserves - absurd
as it is, it may never happen
- and watch The Aviator on
its own terms. Reverse Shot contributor
wrote in indieWIRE that
Scorsese has "actually become one
of the figures he canonized in
his Personal Journey Though American Cinema,
the 'smuggler' directors who
created indelible imagery and
gutsy stories with a mangy and
disreputable medium.... And now
there's The Aviator, Scorsese's
biopic of Howard Hughes,
a uniquely American figure whose
outsized accomplishments are
commensurate with our ability
to dream. The result: nothing
less than (need I say it?) his Citizen Kane,
with all the faux newsreel, authorial
Freudianism, and yes, greatness,
that the comparison implies."
Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004).
you ever read Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States?" asks Will Hunting. "That book will knock you on your ass." The
film, of course, is Good Will Hunting and
the titular character is played by Matt Damon -
who narrates here. "Filmmakers Deb Ellis and Dennis Mueller buck
the current trend of showy documentaries," writes
Megan Rattner in Bright Lights Film Journal, "adopting instead a classic, unassuming style perfectly suited to their subject."
The Phantom of Liberty (1974).
"Hooray!" exclaims randomcha. "[Luis] Buñuel's
most audacious comedy, finally on
DVD! Plotless and brilliant,
the film segues from character
to character, free-associating
between absurd scenarios with bone
dry humor." This Criterion release features a video introduction by screenwriter and frequent Buñuel
Carrière, new English subtitles,
and of course, a fresh, hi-def transfer.
you could make diamonds out of...
people? Suppose criminals caught
on and stole Napoleon's corpse
and Walt Disney's head to do
just that? You'd have one weird-ass
movie for starters. Slapstick
Chappelle's Show. Season 2 Uncensored (2003).
we worry about whether or not Dave Chappelle's
outrageous and outrageously popular
show will carry on on Comedy
Central - and going by the most recent reports, it probably won't - here come three more laugh-packed discs.
As for the first season,
your fellow GreenCiners have
rated it well above 8 out of
Rumiko Takahashi Anthology. Volume 3: A Touch of Magic.
More stories from the creator of Inu Yasha, Ranma ½ and Urusei Yatsura.