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2006 Stories by Jordan Harper

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  • Juices Flowing

    published December 28, 2006

    Jackass Number Two: Unrated (Paramount) The sequel to the dumb-ass jamboree makes its predecessor look plain and inoffensive.... More >>

  • A True Horror Classic

    published December 21, 2006

    When the Levees Broke (HBO) Spike Lee's four-part doc, easily the best non-fiction film of 2006, gets a fifth part on DVD: a... More >>

  • Farce of a Champion

    published December 14, 2006

    Talladega Nights (Columbia) This cut of Will Ferrell's NASCAR comedy runs 13 minutes longer than the theatrical version, and... More >>

  • A Masterpiece on Canvas

    published December 7, 2006

    Rocky: 2-Disc Collector's Edition (MGM) An old TV commercial for Rocky included here compares Sylvester Stallone to... More >>

  • Extra! Read All About It

    published November 30, 2006

    Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (Warner Bros.) At long last, Richard Donner's much-whispered-about "original version" of... More >>

  • Bad News With Al

    published November 23, 2006

    An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount) This isn't exactly the kind of DVD you buy to watch again and again; the ending doesn't get happier,... More >>

  • Dance of the Penguin

    published November 16, 2006

    Having animals act like humans on film is a storytelling device as old as time, so maybe it's a little unfair to get tired of it just now. But... More >>

  • When the Stars Came Out

    published November 16, 2006

    Forbidden Planet (Warner Bros.) Long available as faded discount product, Fred McLeod Wilcox's 1956 masterpiece -- the movie without... More >>

  • Burning the Yule Log

    published November 9, 2006

    The Junky's Christmas (Koch) They just aren't cranking out claymation Christmas specials like they used to, which... More >>

  • Impossibly Passable

    published November 2, 2006

    Mission: Impossible III: Special Edition (Paramount) On the commentary track, director J.J. Abrams and star Tom Cruise sound... More >>

  • These Dogs Still Hunt

    published October 26, 2006

    Reservoir Dogs: 15th Anniversary (Lions Gate) Quentin Tarantino's first film shows its age these days, mostly because we've seen all... More >>

  • Took a Shot

    published October 19, 2006

    American Dreamz (Universal) Till this, Paul Weitz had a stellar filmography, a career in ascension: American Pie (good), About a Boy... More >>

  • The Delightful Dud

    published October 12, 2006

    A Prairie Home Companion (New Line) This all-star sing-along -- with Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen,... More >>

  • Poetry and Puncture Wounds

    published September 21, 2006

    The Proposition (First Look) There's an old saying about Ginger Rogers, who did everything Fred Astaire did -- but backwards... More >>

  • Turning Tricks

    published September 14, 2006

    I Am a Sex Addict (IFC) Caveh Zahedi has made a movie of our times -- a strange mix of self-absorption, shamelessness in... More >>

  • Necessary Evil

    published September 7, 2006

    United 93 (Universal) A suggestion to those who've put off watching the year's most wrenching and essential film: Before rolling... More >>

  • The Short Goodbye

    published August 31, 2006

    Arrested Development: Season Three (Fox) The final collection of Arrested Development discs feels sadly incomplete: only... More >>

  • Get a Clue

    published August 24, 2006

    Veronica Mars: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) Any concept along the lines of "high school hottie solves crimes" is... More >>

  • Smells Like Victory

    published August 17, 2006

    Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier (Paramount) It's all here, more or less: the 1979 theatrical cut of Francis Ford... More >>

  • Whodunit High

    published August 10, 2006

    Brick (Universal) Rian Johnson's feature debut as writer-director will wind up as one of the year's best films. A film noir set... More >>

  • Shut Up, Already

    published August 3, 2006

    V for Vendetta (Warner Bros.) Illustrator David Lloyd calls this adaptation of the comic he made with writer Alan Moore... More >>

  • Eating for Two

    published July 27, 2006

    Feed (TLA) Remember the old jokes about "What's grosser than gross"? The makers of Feed do, as they prove in the first 10... More >>

  • Way Out of Sync

    published July 20, 2006

    Edison Force (Sony) Gritty cop stuff must write itself -- just make sure everyone's tough, corrupt, and talking like they... More >>

  • Grand Prix

    published July 13, 2006

    Grand Prix (Warner Bros.) John Frankenheimer, as underrated as he was brilliant, made a racing picture in 1966 that's yet to be... More >>

  • Bond in a Bikini

    published July 6, 2006

    The Matador (Weinstein) Richard Shepard's spec script, sent to Pierce Brosnan's production company out of desperation, wound up... More >>

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