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I'm So Bored

I don’t like the truths posited in The Future is Unwritten: they’re all banal, off base or painfully disillusioning. 1. Joe Strummer’s friends have many nice things to say about him. 2. Age mellows people. 3. Quiet defeat often passes for wisdom.

Two Places At Once

Haynes is no ordinary filmmaker, and I’m Not There is no ordinary biopic. Tricky, powerful, sometimes ridiculous, it eludes definition. Haynes cast both a black eleven-year-old boy and an Australian woman as Dylan. On, paper it sounds ridiculous, but on film, strangely, it works—sometimes.

DVD Culture

Swords, Sandals and Sex

Caligula is the stuff, or rather the spunk, of legend. The 1979 epic T&A-fest is based on real-life legend: the rapid ascendancy and downfall of Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (“Little Boots” for short).

DVD Culture

Is 1969 OK?

Through the hothouse lens of a boy’s boarding school, Lindsay Anderson’s 1969 film If... explores the rumblings of an approaching revolution. Anderson regiments the film into firmly defined chapters—Ritual and Religion, Discipline and Resistance—yet If… never becomes episodic or predictable.


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