Dollhouse: Season One The 12-episode season dealt with cancellation rumors before it even began, but the final show was explosive enough to get Dollhouse renewed. It was an ultra-last-minute save amid high expectations for Joss Whedon's fourth TV series after Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly, all of which rank among the best ever seen in their respective genres. Eliza Dushku stars as Echo, a "doll" who, thanks to sci-fi technology, can be implanted physically and mentally with any personality or profession to suit clients' needs; in that last episode, Echo meets her nemesis, the dreaded Alpha, and the two battle not just for their lives but for conscious totality. (NR);
Two or Three Things I Know About Her At the time of shooting this examination of Parisian disaffection, director Jean-Luc Godard must have been thinking about another Jean: Jean-Paul Sartre, whose philosophy of being and nothingness had, by this point, been taken to such an extreme that even words were a way of gussying up a human truth. "In order to live in Paris today … one is forced to prostitute oneself," says Godard as his star, Marina Vlady, wanders the metropolis in between literal prostitution jobs. Not to say Two or Three Things, with its casual cityscapes and lack of cinematic language, condemns the dead-eyed lifestyle of the middle class. It simply acknowledges its existence, albeit in a not-so-simple fashion. (NR);
Made in U.S.A. Ironically heretofore unavailable in the United States because Godard never paid for the rights to The Big Sleep, the film he based this movie on, Made in U.S.A. was shot at the same time as Two Or Three Things and it shows. Godard's well-known obsession with Humphrey Bogart acted as a crutch instead of inspiration in this film-noir meta-spoof. That said, any Godard film is worth a look. (NR)
The Ring Finger Quantum of Solace's Olga Kurylenko plays a young woman who finds work in a creepy converted bathhouse that stores clients' personal items – things they want to forget about. Along the way, her lecherous boss seduces her. The film's lyrical passages and sweeping camerawork elevate the material. (NR); email@example.com
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