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Alaska (1996)

Well, this is going to be different.  I’ve never reviewed half a movie before.  It’s sort of an ideal situation for a critic:  I get

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Hideous Kinky (1998)

Nasrudin was in a patent office trying to patent a magic wand. “I’m sorry,” said the clerk, “ we don’t patent impossible inventions.” So Nasrudin

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Rupert’s Land (1998)

“I was hoping we’d grown up.” Rupert, in Rupert’s Land  “carlish”:  Of or pertaining to a carl or carls; churlish, clownish, vulgar, coarse, rude, mean.

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Mon oncle (1958)

There is a growing tendency in any closed part of the universe…for disorder (called “entropy”) to expand at the price of order (called “negentropy”). Suppose,

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eXistenZ (1999)

“Life is a hospital where every patient is obsessed by the desire of changing beds.  One would like to suffer opposite the stove, another is

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Fellini Satyricon (1969)

Imperial Rome is back in the news these days.  Director Ridley Scott’s recently released Gladiator has garnered glowing reviews from just about everywhere. I’m glad. 

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Seven Beauties (1975)

“Multiply the above [execution of  seventeen prisoners of war] by scores, aye hundreds—verify it in all the forms that different circumstances, individuals, places, could afford—light

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Naked (1993)

  Johnny: “And what is it what goes on in this postmodernist gas chamber? Night Watchman:  “Nothing.  It’s empty.” Johnny:  “So what is it you

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