Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
10:15 am
Fri September 9, 2005

God's Jester: "The Flowers of St. Francis" On DVD

Brother Nazario Gerardi, as St. Francis.
Courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

A seemingly simple film that reveals deeper levels of profundity upon further reflection, Roberto Rossellini's "The Flowers of St. Francis" is basically a series of vignettes that takes Italian neo-realism back to the 13th century. 

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World Music
11:12 am
Tue April 26, 2005

"Timbuktoubab," A Musical Journey

Have you ever been to Timbuktu (incidentally, it is spelled Tombouctou in Mali)? No? Well nor have I, so I found "Timbuktoubab," the documentary, riveting.

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Arts & Culture
2:12 pm
Tue January 4, 2005

DVD Review: The Battle of Algiers

The Criterion Collection

This year has seen some terrific releases on DVD, but none is better than the Criterion Collection's three-disc set, "The Battle of Algiers." First released in 1966, "The Battle of Algiers" was reissued in theaters across the country in 2004. It enjoyed a too-brief run in San Antonio in May 2004. The film's distributor, Rialto, told me that it didn't do too well in San Antonio so it was pulled after one week.

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DVD Reviews
12:25 pm
Thu October 28, 2004

Drawing On The East

Credit © Disney. All rights reserved.

For better or worse, the current state of cinema's animated output can be traced back to 1992's blockbuster film "Aladdin." Not only was it a groundbreaking film with its breakneck pace, marvelous songs, and increased use of computer-aided animation, but it also established the "star turn" in animated films, with its zany genie voiced by Robin Williams.

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DVD Reviews
12:25 pm
Mon October 18, 2004

A Loving Tribute To Bad Cinema

Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi and Johnny Depp as Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Credit © Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved.

How does one describe Tim Burton’s film "Ed Wood?" Is it a documentary on the infamous director’s life, a comedy, or a vehicle for some great acting? Happily it succeeds on all three counts. For those of you who don’t know who Ed Wood is, he is a Hollywood legend. Careers have been made panning his films, some calling them the worst ever made.

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Home Video
12:25 pm
Mon September 27, 2004

"The Alamo" Is Worth Remembering

Credit Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Received poorly by audiences this spring, "The Alamo" does not deserve to be remembered as a box-office dud. This film is a fuller, richer, and more historically accurate version than has ever been put on screen before, and it looks great. But it does not star Russell Crowe, nor did Ron Howard direct it.

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Book Reviews
12:25 pm
Fri September 17, 2004

Hollywood's Latino History Told In New Book

Smithsonian Books

With the political and cultural movements of the 1960s and 1970s came a burgeoning interest in the many cultures that make up our cinematic landscape that has continued unabated to this day.  Heroes, Lovers, and Others by Fordham University professor Clara Rodríguez, continues this tradition.

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DVD
10:57 pm
Tue May 25, 2004

When Mickey Went To War

© Disney. All rights reserved.

The latest series of "Walt Disney Treasures" to be released from the Disney vaults includes DVD sets devoted to Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Disney in Space and Beyond, and the much-delayed release of Disney's World War II-era films.

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Movie Interviews
10:57 am
Fri March 19, 2004

Remembering Actress Mercedes McCambridge

McCambridge died March 2 at the age of 87. McCambridge chilled audiences in the 1970s as the voice of the Devil in The Exorcist. She won an Academy Award for her first film role -- in 1949 for All the King's Men. She also starred with Joan Crawford in Nicholas Ray's western, Johnny Guitar.

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