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31 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Ultimate Bull Riding

The disc opens with a montage titled 'Hitting the Dirt.' It could also be called 'Hitting the Horns,' 'Hitting the Rodeo Clown,' and 'Getting the Head Stuck Between the Starting Chute Bars While the Hand Stays Attached to a Crazed Animal.'

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Inked - The Best of Season 1

What's the difference between a bad tattoo and a bad television show? The latter won't last nearly as long as the former.

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The Great Raid: The Director’s Cut (2003)

Archive shots of broken, diseased, and starved bodies provide a devastating illustration of the history that drives the film's fictions.

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	The Small Faces: Under Review [DVD]

There's a big story behind these Small Faces.

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27 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Flightplan (2005)

The contrast between Kyle's multiple layers of loss and the flurry of life that goes on without her is briefly compelling.

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26 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Viva La Bam: Seasons 4 and 5

Of everything to come out of the Jackass realm of reality programming, the Margeras were the sole masterpiece.

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25 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Ludacris: The Red Light District [DVD]

As one might expect, a DVD devoted to Ludacris' real-life exploits comes a bit short of winning the endorsment of the Christian Coalition.

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	Buzzcocks: Live at Shepherds Bush Empire 2003 [DVD]

Shelley and Diggle themselves prove this point, portraying themselves as regular blokes who enjoy a night at the pub while making some of the finest music around.

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23 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Shield: Season 4

Most of the brilliant fourth season is focused on the interplay of Vic with the two single-season 'heavyweights', Glenn Close as Captain Monica Rawling and Anthony Anderson as local kingpin Antwon Mitchell.

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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.

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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.

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	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.

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19 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Seven Men From Now (1956)

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

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19 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Creep (2004)

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

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18 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

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.

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	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!"

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17 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Asylum (2005)

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

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16 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

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.

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	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.

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	Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes [DVD]

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

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