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Tuesday, November 22 2005

Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Fourth Season

The big laughs emerge from the same place they always have: Larry David's excruciating absorption in life's smallest problems.


Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

The film's sheer volume of vengeance is so great, pacing so deliberate, and confrontations so inevitable, that the experience is not unlike watching the climax of a film noir stretched out over 90 minutes.


The Honeymooners (2005)

While most of the target audience for the movie may not remember the TV version, Schultz's Honeymooners unfortunately forgets what was most appealing about the show.


Sunday, November 20 2005

Jesus Jones: Live at the Marquee [DVD]

Jesus Jones delivers a live show/interview combo that's sure to please the hardcore fans, but just as sure to alienate everyone else.


Peter Gabriel: Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped [DVD]

One of the toughest things about growing older is watching your heroes age with you, especially when they age poorly.


Thursday, November 17 2005

Bobby Womack: Soul Seduction Supreme [DVD]

Sex and soul music; Bobby Womack gives the English a lesson in seduction, American style.


Skinny Puppy: The Greater Wrong of the Right Live [DVD]

The Greater Wrong of the Right Live is a truly astounding look at the Skinny Puppy live experience.


Wednesday, November 16 2005

George Harrison and Friends: The Concert for Bangladesh [DVD]

Shortly after The Beatles broke up, George Harrison got a group of musicians together and tried to help some of the world's neediest citizens. Harrison succeeded in hosting a pretty good rock concert that reveals the spirit of an earlier era when anything seemed possible.


The Fly (Collector’s Edition) / The Fly II (Special Edition) (1986/1989)

Timeless terror needs more than goop and glop. Only one Fly film even tried to get it right.


Tuesday, November 15 2005

Alice Cooper: Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper [DVD]

It's good to see you again too, Alice, but we'd much rather see you rock out than joke around.


Arrested Development: Season Two

Twenty-two minutes of a single episode of Arrested Development is still funnier than an entire night of Must-See TV.


Hondo: Special Collector’s Edition / McLintock!: Authentic Collector’s Edition (1953)

As pointed out in a making-of featurette, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara had such 'chemistry' in their films together that moviegoers took them to be a real-life couple.


Monday, November 14 2005

Home Movies: Season Three

The episodes are probably the best of the series. But honestly, an eight-year-old kid could make a better DVD.


America’s Funniest Home Videos: Home for the Holidays

Get rid of the host's doofy vocal commentary and cartoon sound effects, and some of the clips are downright ruthless.


Thursday, November 10 2005

Queen + Paul Rodgers: Return of the Champions [DVD]

It isn't quite Queen that we're witnessing; it's more like Queen's rambunctious younger brother.


The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

A.P. Carter and his friend, black musician Lesley 'Esley' Riddle, would go door to door looking for examples of traditional music, a bold act in Jim Crow America.


Teorema (1968)

However much the camera lingers on Terrence Stamp's features or Silvana Mangano's heavily made up face, the characters remain corporeally opaque, more embodiments of ideas than urges and appetites.


Wednesday, November 9 2005

Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows (2005)

Frankly, having sat with my kids through Transformers, Pokemon, Hello Kitty, Bratz, and My Little Pony videos, the Bionicle series is a work of comparative genius.


Tuesday, November 8 2005

Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock [DVD]

Experience Hendrix has done a tremendous service to aficionados the world over by adding another treasure to the archive.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Two-Disc Deluxe Edition (2005)

Tim Burton's movie is mostly perky, slightly edgy, and dully episodic.


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