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Mind of Mencia: Uncensored Season 1

Menica's performance of jingoism can be amusing. Not terribly funny, but occasionally on target.

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Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Howl's Moving Castle ticks with nervous energy and unsettledness. These jittery-edged images conjure exquisite rhythms as they approximate children's perspectives.

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Nardwuar the Human Serviette: Doot Doola Doot Doo… Doot Doo! (2006)

In which the Canadian cult hero gets a long-overdue DVD treatment.

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Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Lamenting the loss of 'people who are uncompromising,' Clooney says, 'For us, this movie is a success if some kid in Austin, Texas sees it, who is studying journalism, and says, 'That's the guy I want to be like.' Then we win.'"

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	Merle Haggard: Live From Austin TX [DVD]

Merle Haggard is still going, and it is on the strength of his timeless country songs. A select cache of numbers is showcased from this memorable '85 date for the legendary PBS program.

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15 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cavalcade of Comedy (2006)

It's mesmerizing to watch actors 'inadvertently' set up for a brick in the face or a plank across the skull.

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The Simpsons: The Complete Seventh Season

To the bickering camps of Simpson's fans, let's keep it 'real', shall we?

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The Paramount Comedy Shorts 1928-1942: Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin (1928)

As Robert Benchley was nothing if not influential, you might see a little of Frasier Crane and paleontologist Ross Gellar in him, too.

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Ice Age: Super Cool Edition (2002)

While studios have often been accused of meddling in the creative end of moviemaking, the new DVD presentation of this 2002 blockbuster, illustrates how readily Fox pandered to the movie-going public -- and how eager the filmmakers were to follow the audience's test scoring lead.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)

'We had to explain to Roger Corman that the Ramones were not an Italian disco band from New York City, and that it had to be called Rock 'n' Roll High School,' Allan Arkush explains.

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	Mint Condition: Live from the 9:30 Club [DVD]

On DVD, Soul band Mint Condition escapes chains of radio hits and jams like a damn band can.

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	Townes Van Zandt: Be Here to Love Me [DVD]

Belonging to the ragged Texas country tradition with his roots in something deeper and timeless, Townes Van Zandt's poetic narratives and haunting melodies came from the dusty side of the road, from the motels and trailer parks rather than glossy Nashville studios.

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Four Tet: Everything Ecstatic Part 2 [CD + DVD]

A literal makeover, Everything Ecstatic Part 2 offers a visual counterpart to Four Tet's latest album.

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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)

This film reminds us that natures surrounds us everyday, and provides us with much of what makes life worth living.

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9 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Thing Called Love: Director’s Cut (1993)

Country music provides a roadmap, guiding the characters away from disillusionment and toward a simpler, more straightforward way of life.

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Where the Truth Lies: Unrated Theatrical Version (2005)

As the score swells, the camera reveals a body, a girl seemingly drowned, pale, grotesque, and grim. This, the title hints, is Where the Truth Lies. Except it isn't.

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	Various Artists: Invite Them Up [CD + DVD]

This set finds Comedy Central in the role of a comedy farm system.

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	Tony Joe White: Live from Austin City Limits [DVD + CD]

Austin, 1980 -- that was another place and another time, but here's evidence of Tony Joe White rocking down the television studio audience.

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Charmed: The Complete Fourth Season

Charmed is a sci fi-fantasy inquiry into female gender roles, pondering women's agency and their twin capacities for kicking ass and playing sex objects.

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	Traffic: The Last Great Traffic Jam [DVD]

Shot more than a decade ago, Traffic returned with one last hurrah. This DVD captures that tour and its well-crafted music, released as a parting gift and dedication from Steve Winwood to the late Jim Capaldi.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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