Monday, January 9 2006
The Amazing Race focuses on couples, sometimes sensationalizing 'negative' interactions, then absolves itself of ethical responsibilities by asserting its 'documentary' status.
'This is why I love DVDs,' says Terry Gilliam. 'I can completely destroy the illusion of my film.'"
Sunday, January 8 2006
The Eagles may not be traveling in the fast lane any longer, but there are still a lot of good miles left on this sturdy winged vehicle.
Friday, January 6 2006
Whereas All in the Family was all about the troubling racism and personal politics of the time, Family Guy takes on many of these same topics and then blurts them out like a tactless guy at a party that says exactly what he's thinking, without even a second thought about self-censorship.
'Teenage boys alone in Chicago for the summer spells trouble, especially with a lot of pretty extras around,' says Malcolm Lee.
Thursday, January 5 2006
Bob Gruen and then-wife Nadya Beck logged over 40 hours of film of the Dolls, and from this footage comes this new documentary.
'I grew up in sunny southern California, and I'm not used to snow,' says John Singleton. 'I wanted to do a movie with snow in it, so here it is.'"
À Double Tour is a visually engrossing if emotionally underwhelming thriller set in one the director's prototypically dysfunctional families.
'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.