Just added a trio of reviews: the "Godfather" saga, Jerry Lewis' two best films and a Jungian toon for space cadets. What do they have in common? Hmmm. I can't stretch that far!
Paramount's five-disc "The Godfather DVD Collection" marked the trilogy's debut on DVD back in 2001. The recent single DVD releases simply repurpose elements from that set. Spring for the collection instead. Paramount owes us an updated version of the first two classic films, but it'll be tough to top this extras package. Read the "Godfather" set review.
Paradox completists eventually must turn to la mystere de Jerry -- why is it that French film masters such as Godard and Truffaut so loved Jerry Lewis? The Franco-Lewis thing has become a well-worn joke, but but it's a safe bet the new wavers weren't thinking of the braying, pratfalling side of the American comedian. Instead, they cited Lewis' work from the early 1960s -- "The Nutty Professor" and "The Bellboy." Read the Jerry Lewis reviews.
Sartre meets slackers in Richard Linklater's "Waking Life," a terrific film of ideas that's perfectly matched with the DVD format. The animated meditation on dreams and man's place in the universe moves so quickly -- and in so many visual styles -- that viewers barely have time to absorb one concept before another comes rushing in. The pause and rewind buttons become essential tools, allowing viewers to discuss, debate and absorb the flurry of ideas Linklater presents. Read the "Waking Life" review.
About "Deja Vu reviews": As in, didn't I read that before ... hmm.
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