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Monday, December 12 2005

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection Volume 8

What we have here is a reference book for rib tickling; a televisual tome where every possible pratfall or wicked witticism is stored for future, frequent use.


Fantastic Four (2005)

The superpowers bring trauma, anger, and confusion, and eventually a sense of responsibility, as the crew decides to do good with what they've got.


Thursday, December 8 2005

Guided By Voices: The Electrifying Conclusion [DVD]

Guided By Voices say goodbye with a four-hour finale full of fans, friends, and inebriation.


The Dick Cavett Show—Ray Charles Collection

It's no secret that Dick Cavett loved Ray Charles' music.


Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (2005)

Even with its contradictions, Felicity offers Shailene Woodley's feisty performance and adorable little face.


Wednesday, December 7 2005

U2: Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago [DVD]

Bono sets an example for us all, putting in a full night's work on his birthday.


DuckTales - Volume One

Despite (or because of) its merry capitalism, DuckTales is reasonably adventurous, taking the characters from their home base of Duckburg to Egypt, Scotland, and the open seas.


Tuesday, December 6 2005

Lou Reed: Live at Montreux 2000 [DVD]

The strongest point of this collection may be that the song selection makes a strong case for his work from the past 20 years without putting it into contrast with his Velvet Underground and '70s solo work.


Brian Eno: 14 Video Paintings [DVD]

The Sound Genius' early '80s video paintings are equally remarkable and forced.


Jackass: The Box Set

The sketches designed to shock innocent passers-by on the street often suggest a destructive hostility beneath all the smirking. Candid Camera with a punch in the face.


The Brooklyn Connection - How to Build a Guerrilla Army (2005)

The documentary doesn't shy away from the disturbing dichotomies in Florin Krasniqi's life.


Monday, December 5 2005

The Frank Sinatra Show: High Hopes - With Dean Martin and Bing Crosby [DVD]

In the words of his own director, Jack Donahue: 'There are quite a few performers who have no business on television each week, and Sinatra is one of them.'"


Franz Ferdinand: Live [DVD]

Franz enters the DVD market with more live footage of the band than you will ever need in your entire life. Lucky, lucky, you're so lucky!"


Extreme Makeover - Home Edition

The show is both inspiring and schmaltzy.


Sunday, December 4 2005

Ute Lemper: Blood & Feathers - Live from the Café Carlyle [DVD]

Who says you can't expand the boundaries of cabaret? Just watch Ute Lemper push the envelope here.


Bauhaus: Shadow of Light/Archive [DVD]

Breaking ground to create post-punk's gloomy, minimalistic step-child, and inspiring legions of lost kids to don black eyeliner, nail polish, and lipstick, Goth icons Bauhaus solidify their position with these visual documents.


Friday, December 2 2005

The Dick Cavett Show: John & Yoko Collection

The DVD set reminds us that John Lennon and Yoko Ono played a significant role in these issues while producing art and maintaining a sense of humor.


Thursday, December 1 2005

Judas Priest: Rising in the East [DVD]

Do you wanna go, wanna go, wanna go Hot Rockin'? Come on, admit it, you do.


The Kids in the Hall: Season Three

Once you've seen a few of those uncensored sketches, it's clear why Kids in the Hall was never so pleasing to mainstream viewers as SNL.


Wednesday, November 30 2005

Dwight Yoakam: Live from Austin, TX [DVD]

If jeans-wearing were an Olympic sport, Dwight Yoakam would win every single medal and possibly even lead some sort of honorary jeans-parade.


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