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Wednesday, November 2 2005

Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats

I realize this is all meant to be hilarious, but the cat is essentially terrorizing his friends and neighbors.


Tuesday, November 1 2005

The Amazing Race - The Complete First Season

The Amazing Race sets its participants a wide range of daunting and occasionally hilarious challenges. It's a kibbitzer's dream.


Monday, October 31 2005

Thunders, Kane & Nolan: You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory [DVD]

It is a don't-miss DVD for fans of the Dolls or the Heartbreakers.


Profit: The Complete Series

A TV show with an interesting premise, crisp writing, darkly compelling protagonist, and loads of critical praise usually generates thoughts of Emmys, Golden Globes, and long-haul success. Instead, Profit was canned after four episodes.


We’re No Angels (1955)

Considering that the plot, such as it is, involves a pair of murders committed by Albert's poisonous viper, the jaunty tone doesn't seem appropriate.


Friday, October 28 2005

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Martin Scorsese's film is about Dylan's early life among the Mister Joneses of his era, ahead of rock and roll's learning curve and suffering the judgments of the slower kids in his class.


In the Shadow of the Stars: Members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus - PopMatters Film Review )

In most cases, the performers are doing what they do best -- performing. And so they resist appearing too vulnerable.


Thursday, October 27 2005

South Park: The Complete Sixth Season

Regardless of their childishness, the protagonists of South Park are, like their creators, fundamentally decent (except for Cartman, who represents the zenith of selfish indecency).


Bewitched (2005)

As Jack goes overboard in usual Ferrellian fashion, Isabel's insistence that he is the perfect mate for her go-normal plan never makes sense.


Amityville Horror (2005)

'Based on a true story,' notes Amityville Horror producer Brad Fuller as the so-designating title rolls. 'Already controversial.'"


Wednesday, October 26 2005

The Saint: The Early Episodes, Set 2

The Saint reveals some complexity in the way it combines Templar's capitalistic values and Moore's arresting masculinity.


Tuesday, October 25 2005

Jerry Garcia Band: Live at Shoreline 9/1/90 [DVD]

Jerry Garcia Band performance for the ages falters in its DVD form.


Melinda and Melinda (2005)

In Melinda and Melinda, full of women struggling to make their desires known to men who suppose they know what women want and mean, the women are infinitely less regular and more interesting.


Monday, October 24 2005

The Police: Synchronicity Concert [DVD]

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Ken Burns: American Lives

Ken Burns is both goofy and deep. He even laughs about wearing people out with the interminable length of his films.


Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

Angela Robinson says the movie shows the 'scope and the joy of being a contender, more than winning, necessarily.' That Herbie allows this 'scope and joy' for a girl driver is mostly delightful.


Friday, October 21 2005

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (1983)

Rarely does a director's cut reflect a vision 'truer' to a source text. But, like most everything else surrounding the picture, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel is quite an anomaly.


Thursday, October 20 2005

Bush: Zen X Four [DVD]

Maybe Bush wasn't groundbreaking or particularly memorable, but the band deserves better than this incomplete, slapdash cash-grab of a DVD.


The Warriors: Ultimate Director’s Cut (1979)

The documentary DVD explores every detail of production and Hill's vision, so that the film, for this writer becomes something altogether new.


Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Diabolik and Eva rob from the old, snaggle-toothed, and ugly, as if their precarious self-esteem demands they humiliate those less genetically fortunate.


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