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This cloth covered box set of Patricia Highsmith’s five Mr. Ripley’s titles is as handsome, dark and cool as the protagonist who strolls with such suave nonchalance through this collection’s pages. Nearly as sensual in their look as they are cerebral in their content, followers of Highsmith, fans of Hitchcock, devotees of the macabre will, much like the ‘Ripliad’ himself, quickly eliminate inferior titles on their bookshelves to make room for this set. Containing The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley and Ripley Under Water, this set will scratch that little bit of sociopathic itch in the one you love.

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It’s finally happened. Last month, after nearly six years and 32 box sets, the entire run of Dan Curtis’ classic Gothic soap opera is now available on DVD. It’s all here - the original series format of standard “rich are different” Peyton Place-holding, the arrival of Josette’s ghost, the unearthing of Barnabas Collins, and the nonstop amalgamation of every famous monster myth into a daily dose of 30 minute drama. While the show lost its spark toward the end (The Leviathans? Please…) it still remains a quintessential example of broadcast boundary pushing at its campy, creative best. Costly, but well worth the money.

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To celebrate the 250th anniversary of George Frideric Handel’s death, Harmonia Mundi has released five deluxe box sets covering the full range of the German composer’s repertoire. There are collections devoted to the maestro’s operas, arias and concertos, as well as one containing the Saul and Messiah oratorios. The Messiah is always a splendid gift at this time of the year and a particularly relevant one given the anniversary. Copious and informative liner notes fill in the historical context and sit alongside very fine new recordings.

by PopMatters Staff

3 Dec 2008

FROST/NIXON

Release: 5 December and 12 December (limited) and 25 December (wide)
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones and Matthew Macfadyen.

Frost/Nixon is one of the films we’re most eagerly anticipating this holiday season. Ron Howard’s film is based on a play from Peter Morgan (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland). Taking as its centerpiece the famous interview that David Frost conducted with Richard Nixon in the ‘70s, the film has a theatrical quality and is timed well given our current absorption with politics.

Here are stills of the upcoming film…

After a short walk in the brisk cold, we found ourselves at the Cabaret & Studio Juste Pour Rire (“Just For Laughs”), where the night’s showcase would unfold. Sets alternated between two stages in the complex, separated by interludes of five minutes. Much like South by Southwest, which has often been described as a musical version of speed dating, M For Montréal can feel like an event geared toward the attention span impaired. A band performs a handful of songs, you walk a few feet and five minutes later, another band is set in front of you. As you might imagine, this approach has its upsides as well as its drawbacks. If you’re stuck watching an act that doesn’t particularly move you, you’ve usually only got a few more songs to sit through. However, if you really like a band, you’ve got to deal with the fact that you’ll only get to see them play for a few more minutes at most.

First up was Chinatown, a five-piece from the French-speaking side of town. While it’s said that their music combines the French pop of the ‘60s with the indie pop of today, to my ears, Chinatown just sounded like a sub par, Francophone bar band. If I was forced to tell you two interesting things about this band I would mention that:

1.) That singer kind of looks like Ewan McGregor, doesn’t he?

2.) Their guitarist looks, dresses and acts a bit like Joe Perry from Aerosmith. Can’t say he solos like him, though.

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

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"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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