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DVD Review: Alice in Wonderland (1966)

Alice in Wonderland

The most significant aspect here is reinventing Wonderland as a warped parallel universe to Victorian England

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Review: Mid-August Lunch

Mid August Lunch

“Lunch” feels more like an unsatisfactory appetizer than a satisfying main course.

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Declan Kiberd’s Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce’s Masterpiece

Declan Kiberd, a professor of Irish literature, has set out to rescue Ulysses from its reputation.

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George Scialabba’s What Are Intellectuals Good For?

Scialabba writes as if he’s trying by sheer example value to will a smarter, more honest, more aesthetically and morally sensitive Left into being.

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Donald Hall’s Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry

For more than fifty years, Donald Hall has had a two-sided career, his fifteen books of poetry matched by fifteen books of nonfiction.

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A Really Irritable Dream: Scorsese’s Shutter Island

Shutter ISland

In this film, the director tributed classic crime with a modern, more visceral twist.

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DVD Review: The Best of Match Game

Match Game

For those who survived the 1970s intact, or for those who weren’t around and have no clue why any mention of that decade still raises smirks, this DVD is a godsend.

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DVD Review: Che – Criterion Collection

Che

Benicio Del Toro is astoundingly at ease in Guevara’s skin. During the black and white sequences, it practically feels like a documentary.

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DVD Review: District 9

District 9 DVD cover

“District 9” may not quite live up to what I was hoping to get out of it, but it’s a solid effort that’s admirable for its willingness to take the risks it does.

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Review: Shuttle

Shuttle film poster

At 2:30 in the morning, it’s tempting to accept a ride from anyone who seems to be in the ride-giving business.

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The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Whether their subjugation is political, familial, romantic, or cultural, Adichie’s headstrong and heartstrong heroines reach a point where they take action to loosen whatever is choking them.

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DVD Review: An Englishman in New York

Englishman in New York

Quality roles for John Hurt must be at a severe minimum if the greatly underutilized actor needs to revisit his 1975 triumph as gay icon Quentin Crisp in “The Naked Civil Servant.”

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Short Film Review: Brooklyn Force

Brooklyn Force

I know there are things called “fan films” and that this probably falls into that category. But I guess I don’t see the point in the fan film.

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Review: Word Is Out

Word is Out film

“Word Is Out: Stories Of Some Of Our Lives” made an unusual impact when it was first released in 1978.

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Review: UB40 – Food For Thought

UB40 Food for Thought

Shot on a hot summer night in Cologne, Germany in 1981, “Food For Thought” captures the early days of the band, just after the release of their second album.

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