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Monday, January 23 2006

The Execution of Wanda Jean (2002) - PopMatters Film Review )

The film may not change minds regarding the death penalty, but does demonstrate its flaws on personal and structural levels.


Friday, January 20 2006

Upstairs, Downstairs - Collector’s Edition Megaset: The Complete Series Plus Thomas and Sarah

Upstairs, Downstairs may not have been startlingly original, but its primary strength lay with its complex characters and class-based construct.


Thursday, January 19 2006

Various Artists: God Save the Queen: A Punk Rock Anthology [DVD]

With a little more care, this '70s punk video anthology could've been great, instead of merely good.


Seven Men From Now (1956)

Seven Men From Now is a small, economical movie, concerned with sacrifice and nobility.


Creep (2004)

Disdainful until overtaken by desperation, Kate (Franke Potente) appears to be the film's primary 'creep'.


Wednesday, January 18 2006

Thérèse Raquin (1953)

The movie opens and closes with the same overhead shot of Lyons. Carné, like Zola, emphasizes the ordinary tragedy of desperate city folk.


Tuesday, January 17 2006

Killing Joke: XXV Gathering: The Band That Preys Together… Stays Together [DVD]

This is music to dance to, music to move. This is music to march to, to dance... the war dance!"


Asylum (2005)

Surrounded by this sort of oppressive hushing, Stella's largely nonverbal relationship with Edgar resembles a form of attention.


Monday, January 16 2006

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Craig Brewer considers his protagonist something new, that is, the same kind of cat he's seen repeatedly in his hometown of Memphis, but not seen in movies.


Sunday, January 15 2006

Violent Femmes: Permanent Record: Live and Otherwise [DVD]

The once overlooked band has been getting their share of attention in the past few years. This DVD performance proves why.


Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes [DVD]

'The World's Greatest Drummer' shows again how he won the title.


Michael Franti and Spearhead: Live in Sydney [DVD]

A big, cathartic house party in which Michael Franti completes his circle.


Friday, January 13 2006

9 Songs: Unrated Full Uncut Version (2004)

Through sex, specifically the surrender and exposition of self through this oldest human hobby, Michael Winterbottom communicates the beauty and pain of a relationship.


Thursday, January 12 2006

Bill Hicks: Sane Man [DVD] / Salvation: Oxford—November 11, 1992

November 11, 1992 (Rykodisc) -- More archival releases from one of the greatest U.S. comics and satirists reinforce that, 10 years after his death, Hicks's relevance continues to increase.


Wednesday, January 11 2006

Yngwie Malmsteen: Concerto Suite for Guitar and Orchestra [DVD]

Malmsteen attempts to drop the 'neo' from the neo-classical moniker in this blistering, intricate and quite gaudy DVD performance.


Ben Folds and WASO: Live in Perth [DVD]

What is it about rock music mixed with an orchestra that makes people giddy?"


Airplane!: The ‘Don’t Call Me Shirley!’ Edition (1980)

Airplane! basically gets by on one joke: sight gags based on tricks of perspective or on thwarting expectation.


Tuesday, January 10 2006

Various Artists: No Parachute Vol. 1: A Collection of Indie Rock Videos [DVD]

No Parachute, in the creator's words, attempts 'the rebirth of the indie music video', a lofty claim that this mostly uninspired group of videos fails to back-up.


The Mission: Lighting the Candles [DVD]

This is all The Mission you really need, assuming - of course -- you really need it.


Monday, January 9 2006

The Amazing Race: The Seventh Season

The Amazing Race focuses on couples, sometimes sensationalizing 'negative' interactions, then absolves itself of ethical responsibilities by asserting its 'documentary' status.


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