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by Katharine Wray

8 Dec 2009

From 1998-2007 Joey, Pacey, Dawson and Jen shed light, and an impressive vocabulary, on teen angst during the turn of the millennium. This box set includes every heartbreaking decision Joey had to make (Pacey or Dawson? School or family?), every good-intentioned mess up by Pacey (remember when he slept with his teacher?) and every ode to Stephen Speilberg by Dawson. Along with the quick-witted teenage dialogue found in each episode, and bound in an anthology filled with photos and trivia, you’ll get a bonus disc with new DVD extras plus a CD with music from the series. Everyone knows someone who was a little too familiar with the happenings of Capeside – get this for them.

by Sarah Zupko

7 Dec 2009

There’s no shortage of jazz histories on the shelves of university libraries or the more finely stocked book superstores, but Giddins and DeVeaux have come at their broad subject with something of a unique approach that blends musicology and historiography into a compelling book that will teach readers a bit of music theory while enhancing their listening pleasure of all styles of this American musical creation. The result is a unique blend of history and in-depth guided music appreciation that will shed new light on all genres of jazz, especially for the novice, but even the seasoned listener might discover new shades in their favorite musical form after digesting this tome.

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by Jesse Hassenger

7 Dec 2009

Apart from the full run of the original Flying Circus series (45 episodes, which is like 200 American), the 21-disc set includes Monty Python Conquers America, a documentary about the group’s voyages outside of Britain; Before the Flying Circus, a documentary about the troupe’s beginnings; a 20th anniversary sketch compilation; the full Live at the Hollywood Bowl performance, the group’s 1998 reunion at the US Comedy Arts Festival, and six “personal best” specials. So yes, enough material to fill a paragraph. Once you go down this path, though, hungering for a full history annotated with all of the films, you’re just a smidge away from wondering why they couldn’t have included the Cleese/Palin collaborations A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures, or Gilliam’s Python-ish feature Jabberwocky, and that way lies madness. The Python legacy is like the Python treatment of death: vast, ridiculous, constant. If you plan of giving this gift to your resident Monty Python fan (which you should), don’t plan on seeing them for a few days, they’ll be occupied.

by Kevin M. Brettauer

7 Dec 2009

“The Last Days of Gotham” is, sadly, the sort of rare story that comic books tell so infrequently these days. It is short, concise, and to the point. It is haunting and thought-provoking in all the right ways, but that does little to nothing to diminish the sense of fun that pervades this particular Batman story and once pervaded most of the industry as a whole. However, there are two unfortunate circumstances surrounding “The Last Days of Gotham”. The first is that it is remarkably upsetting that a story of this type and caliber had to emerge out of something as messy and awkward as “Batman: RIP”. The second is that it will more than likely be a very long time before the various Batman series, or, indeed, most comic books, will feel like this again.

by Katharine Wray

7 Dec 2009

Long before the slew of NCIS episodes on network television, mysteries were solved by cunning, wit and observation rather than DNA and ultra-violet sensors. This Box Set of Agatha Christie is complete, with 21 Poirot cases and nine Miss Marple cases, and the biographies of Miss Marple and Christie herself. Get this for your mystery junkie and they’ll be set for a winter of whodunit action. Miss Marple provides the class; Poirot provides the facial hair.

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Best of the Moving Pixels Podcast: Further Explorations of the Zero

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"We continue our discussion of the early episodes of Kentucky Route Zero by focusing on its third act.

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