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- A Scanner Darkly  -  - Directed by Richard Linklater  - Warner Bros.  -  - As far as cinematic adaptations of the works of Philip K. - Dick go, the results have ranged from stunning - (Blade Runner) to abysmal (Paycheck). - A Scanner Darkly seems to fall somewhere in - the middle. It's animated in the same style as Linklater's - other dream-like affair, Waking Life, and its - storyline of where government interference and peeping - start and stop reverberates in this age of Homeland - Security. But, as the film drags on  and it does drag - it's kind of hard not to be let down. The movie goes - more and more down the rabbit hole, and you expect a - massive payoff that never comes. At least Ben Affleck's - not in it.  Louis Fowler
  • A Scanner Darkly

    Directed by Richard Linklater

    Warner Bros.

    As far as cinematic adaptations of the works of Philip K. Dick go, the results have ranged from stunning (Blade Runner) to abysmal (Paycheck). A Scanner Darkly seems to fall somewhere in the middle. It's animated in the same style as Linklater's other dream-like affair, Waking Life, and its storyline of where government interference and peeping start and stop reverberates in this age of Homeland Security. But, as the film drags on and it does drag it's kind of hard not to be let down. The movie goes more and more down the rabbit hole, and you expect a massive payoff that never comes. At least Ben Affleck's not in it. Louis Fowler

- Jackie Chan's Police Story: Special - Collector's Edition  -  - Directed by Jackie Chan   - Dragon Dynasty  -  - Jackie Chan has been so Americanizingly sanitized, - offering up one kid-friendly vehicle after another, that - it's almost hard to remember him in the '80s, when he - was Asia's biggest action star and only a cult-ridden blip - on our radars. He was so revolutionary in making action - films that when a classic film of his is re-released, it's - like rediscovering the martial arts film all over again. - Released as part of the new Dragon Dynasty label, - Police Story is getting its due and is still a - refreshing roundhouse kick to the non-stop formulaic - Hollywood action films (and their Tiger Beat - heroes). Chan's stunt work and choreography is - phenomenal and continues to awe the viewer in a way no - one else's can.  Louis Fowler
  • Jackie Chan's Police Story: Special Collector's Edition

    Directed by Jackie Chan

    Dragon Dynasty

    Jackie Chan has been so Americanizingly sanitized, offering up one kid-friendly vehicle after another, that it's almost hard to remember him in the '80s, when he was Asia's biggest action star and only a cult-ridden blip on our radars. He was so revolutionary in making action films that when a classic film of his is re-released, it's like rediscovering the martial arts film all over again. Released as part of the new Dragon Dynasty label, Police Story is getting its due and is still a refreshing roundhouse kick to the non-stop formulaic Hollywood action films (and their Tiger Beat heroes). Chan's stunt work and choreography is phenomenal and continues to awe the viewer in a way no one else's can. Louis Fowler

- The Wim Wenders Collection, Vol. - 2  -  - Directed by Wim Wenders  - Anchor Bay Entertainment  -  - A few weeks ago, we reviewed director Werner Herzog's - latest masterpiece The Wild Blue Yonder, filling - every sentence with raves for the sci-fi/documentary - melang. If the works of Herzog interested you, then his - contemporary, Wim Wenders, will astound you. Check - out this new seminal box set, eight films total (with five - new to DVD). Included is the classic Dennis Hopper cult - film The American Friend (based on the novel - Ripley's Game), his version of the Hawthorne - classic The Scarlet Letter, the literary road - journey Wrong Move and his various - documentaries. Often moving, often confounding, but - always with style, this box set is a great starting point - for Wenders fandom.  Louis Fowler
  • The Wim Wenders Collection, Vol. 2

    Directed by Wim Wenders

    Anchor Bay Entertainment

    A few weeks ago, we reviewed director Werner Herzog's latest masterpiece The Wild Blue Yonder, filling every sentence with raves for the sci-fi/documentary melang. If the works of Herzog interested you, then his contemporary, Wim Wenders, will astound you. Check out this new seminal box set, eight films total (with five new to DVD). Included is the classic Dennis Hopper cult film The American Friend (based on the novel Ripley's Game), his version of the Hawthorne classic The Scarlet Letter, the literary road journey Wrong Move and his various documentaries. Often moving, often confounding, but always with style, this box set is a great starting point for Wenders fandom. Louis Fowler

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