Archive for December, 2005

2004

December 29, 2005
PBS — P.O.V.
USA
English
55 minutes

Flathead Valley MT residents deal with local tensions due to rising unemployment.

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(THE PIANO TEACHER)
2001

December 29, 2005
DVD
France / Austria
French
130 minutes

A talented piano teacher relieves the tensions of her life by voyeurism, self-mutilation and a sadomasochistic affair with one of her students.

8.2 Critical Consensus
7.9 Metacritic

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2004

December 28, 2005
Showtime
USA
English
81 minutes

3.9 Metacritic

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2005

December 28, 2005
Campbell — Camera 7
USA
English
134 minutes

Love Is A Force Of Nature — BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.

Is this the greatest love story I’ve ever seen? I think it might just be. It fills you up with hopefulness and sadness in equal measure. It is a relationship that mere mortals will never achieve. It is the stuff that movies are made of. We don’t want to see people who look like us in relationships that remind us of ourselves. We want to see better looking people in more dramatic and passionate love affairs. We watch people take risks we never could.

It’s hard to put this into words. These two men, played quietly and flawlessly by both Gyllenhaal and Ledger, are braver and more frustrated than we are. Thrown together at work, they have only each other for comfort and affection. A one-time only hookup is much, much more serious than they first think.

Ledger has a wedding planned and Jake continues to talk about the rodeo girls he’s met. But from that summer of 1963 until the day they die, they will only truly love one other person.

Think of everything you’d be willing give up to find true love. Think of every time you’ve had to hide feelings. Think of every ‘what if’ situation that goes on in your head about a past lover.

These two men weren’t Broadway dancers. They weren’t flight attendants. They were ranch hands and cowboys. They had to push their feelings so far inside of themselves that they almost speak too quietly to be heard.

The scenery is spectacular, the music haunting, the performances don’t have a false note. The respective wives, families, and bosses are all fantastic. Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway are the wives. The girls who play Ledger’s daughters are fantastic. And just when you think things can’t get better, Anna Farris shows up to be blonde, and someone from the almighty Freaks And Geeks appears to save the day.

There are no winks to the audience. There are no points where the men become “faggy”. They don’t do a dance together. They are proud of their families. They have made peace with where their lives have taken them.

But they’ve only been in complete love with one person. And they can’t be with that person or tell anyone about that person or be seen with that person.

It’s enough to break your heart.

8.9 Critical Consensus
8.7 Metacritic



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2000

December 9, 2001
December 25, 2005
DVD
USA
English
101 minutes

Tonight, they’re calling the shots — COYOTE UGLY.

Facing hard times in New York, a songwriter from the suburbs falls in love with a hamburger cook and gets a job working in a rowdy club where the waitresses are expected to dance on the bar.

2.7 Metacritic

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2004

December 25, 2005
DVD
UK / USA
English / Hindi / Punjabi / Spanish
107 minutes

5.5 Metacritic

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2005

December 23, 2005
San Jose — Century 21
New Zealand / USA
English
187 minutes

The Eighth Wonder Of The World — KING KONG.

8.0 Critical Consensus
8.1 Metacritic

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2005

December 22, 2005
DVD
USA
English
119 minutes

Laugh. Cry. Share The Pants.

6.2 Critical Consensus
6.6 Metacritic

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2005

December 22, 2005
DVD
USA
English
103 minutes

A Comedy About The Game Of Love — FEVER PITCH.

6.4 Critical Consensus
5.6 Metacritic

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2005

December 22, 2005
PBS — American Experience
English
180 minutes

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2005

December 9, 2005
Campbell — Camera 7
USA
English / Urdu / Arabic / Persian / French
126 minutes

Everything Is Connected — SYRIANA.

7.6 Critical Consensus
7.6 Metacritic

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2004

December 3, 2005
USA
English / French / Spanish
94 minutes

They Bring You The News So You Don’t Have To Get It Yourself — ANCHORMAN.

4.5 Critical Consensus
6.3 Metacritic

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1999

October 18, 1999
June 7, 2000
November 26, 2005
DVD
Germany / USA
English
139 minutes

Tired of his life as a cog in a corporate and consumer society, an insomniac businessman sets up secret clubs where men indulge in bare-knuckle fighting and anarchist activities.

* Halliwells
6.6 Critical Consensus
6.6 Metacritic

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1984

November 25, 2005
Flix
UK / USA
English
132 minutes

William Bligh is summoned before a court martial to explain the events leading up to the famous mutiny.

* Halliwells

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1979

June 15, 1997
November 29, 2002
November 28, 2003
November 25, 2005
DVD
USA
English
95 minutes

In a new Colorado development, bored, affluent teenagers go on the rampage.

* Halliwells

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1998

November 19, 2005
IFC
Canada / USA
English
101 minutes

A young magazine editor leaves her boyfriend for a once-famous, druggy female photographer, who lives with a heroin-addicted actress.

6.5 Critical Consensus
7.3 Metacritic

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2004

November 17, 2005
Showtime
USA
English
89 minutes

The Truth Will Change Everything — SPEAK.

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2004

November 17, 2005
PBS – P.O.V.
USA
English
65 minutes

Activists object to corporations that buy water supplies.

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2005

November 17, 2005
PBS — Frontline
English
60 minutes

The O.J. Simpson trial and its lasting impact on the American justice system.

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2005

November 13, 2005
Camera Cinema Club
USA
English
101 Minutes

6.2 Metacritic

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2005

November 1, 2005
San Jose — Camera 12
USA
English
104 minutes

Relationships Don’t Always Fit Like A Glove — SHOPGIRL.

7.4 Critical Consensus
6.2 Metacritic

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2001

October 29, 2005
Sundance Channel
France / UK / Germany / Spain
English
119 minutes

A barman, who has anonymous sex every Wednesday with a married woman, begins to want to know more about his lover.

* Halliwells
*** Ebert
8.4 Critical Consensus
6.9 Metacritic

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2005

October 26, 2005
Campbell — Camera 7
USA
English
93 minutes

We Will Not Walk In Fear Of One Another — GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.

8.0 Critical Consensus
8.0 Metacritic

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2005

October 16, 2005
Camera Cinema Club
USA
English

All Is Fair In Love And Real Estate — THE CALIFORNIANS.

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Written by Michael W. Cummins