Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.

Drawing On The East

Oct 28, 2004
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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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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.

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.

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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