Monday, August 02, 2004

Movie Rentals, Week of 7/26/04

THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (1933) This strange German thriller by director Fritz Lang (METROPOLIS) features a demented Dr. Mabuse, who, while confined to an insane asylum, orders his minions to commit crimes to bring about world chaos. This film was later banned by the Nazi regime because the Mabuse character more than suggested Hitler writing MEIN KAMPF while in prison. Eerily enough, the film, viewed through today’s eyes, parallels the shadowy world of Al Qaeda. This film is just as relevant now as it was in the 1930s.

SIX FEET UNDER (2001), Season 2, discs 4 and 5. These discs wrap up season two of the HBO series. All in all, this season was a good one, with each character getting a compelling storyline and what seems like equal time on the show—unlike THE SOPRANOS, where main characters can get ignored for episodes at a time (oh well, just different ways of storytelling). Ultimately, the Fisher family is left in limbo, as is the viewer if they are cable deprived like myself! I wonder how long it will take HBO to release season 3? Why are they so far behind on this series?

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