Thursday, January 5 2006
'I'm attracted by the unknown, by the unexplainable,' says director Walter Salles.
Wednesday, January 4 2006
Bringing together Three Stooges-style slapstick and Looney Tunes-ish physics, Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers offers no in-between or subtlety.
Tuesday, January 3 2006
Capturing the Nightbird tour for posterity, Erasure treats their fans to the expected elaborate games of dress up. Oh yeah, and some great music, too.
Home Improvement's third season is its best, as crack-up funny as it is heartfelt.
Monday, January 2 2006
Here's a documentary that takes an almost CSPAN approach to discussing a rock band.
Sunday, December 25 2005
If it isn't a documentary masterpiece, Unfinished Business is still an impressive work, valuable for its documentation of three American heroes and its insistence that the tragic civil-liberties violations of the Japanese-American internment not be forgotten.
Friday, December 23 2005
Box set of early prime time specials features America's favorite sarcastic fat cat.
The Byrds appear with a young David Crosby playing 'Mr. Tambourine Man', and a frantic Buddy Holly plays his guitar like he was punk rock's forefather.
Although the three short movies on the Sins of the Fleshapoids DVD have this uniquely '60s zero-budget feel to them, their ambitions outpace those of your typical grindhouse quickie.
Thursday, December 22 2005
This could be an eccentric heaven, served on a quirky silver platter.
They're charismatic and dead-on in their comic timing, especially Bea Arthur, who could very well be television's all-time coolest woman.
If you need a reason to buy the Christmas disc, the answer is John Candy.
Here the angels are evil, God never makes an appearance, and humans are unreliable and fragile.
Wednesday, December 21 2005
Proof that Green Day are one of the world's best and biggest rock bands -- no qualifiers necessary.
Tuesday, December 20 2005
The show cleverly picks up on the aftermath of '60s revolutions and the Vietnam war, as well as the new decade's kitschy playfulness.
Watching others play in George Lucas' universe can also be sort of heartwarming.
Friday, December 16 2005
All this torture is variously named, always painful, sometimes inhumane treatments of suspects or folks with info they're afraid to give up. Most everyone in 24 works in a hurry.
Thursday, December 15 2005
Three guys, no guitar, one glorious, sweepingly majestic record after seven years of no luck. A better 2-DVD set for a band with one studio album you won't find.
One wishes that the creators of the series had stuck more to the spirit of the Hornblower books than the letter, but Forester's fans are in their own way as rabid as Tolkien's or J.K. Rowling's, and they must be appeased.
Wednesday, December 14 2005
Considering how much Who material is out there, it's nice to see something new and valuable come along.