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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.


Wednesday, October 19 2005

Power Rangers S.P.D. Vol. 2: Stakeout / Power Rangers S.P.D. Vol. 3: Wired

The problem: invading aliens. The solution: precocious teenagers. Isn't that always how we save the universe?


Tuesday, October 18 2005

Death Cab for Cutie: Drive Well, Sleep Carefully [DVD]

The goodness of this film relates directly to the viewers' like or dislike of Death Cab for Cutie songs.


Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) - PopMatters Film Review )

The film doesn't cover up the difficulties of losing, even when showing the exultation of winning. All these kids, all their experiences, matter.


Face (2004)

The same lyrical invention that propels Face's narrative also serves as a stark lesson in the importance of solid plotting.


Monday, October 17 2005

The Legend of Zelda: The Complete Animated Series

Zelda, when not accompanying Link on Triforce retrieval missions or being kidnapped, is bafflingly obsessed with cleaning the castle.


The Longest Yard: Widescreen Collector’s Edition (2005)

Given the prison's largely nonwhite population, Paul's friendship with Caretaker (Chris Rock) is invaluable in assembling the team.


Friday, October 14 2005

Count Duckula - The Complete First Season

Despite the sheen of ostensible family-friendly cartoon antics, the series consistently hinges on the trio's passive-aggressive loathing for one another.


Thursday, October 13 2005

Baaba Maal: Baaba Maal: Senegal [DVD and CD]

Baaba Maal: Senegal is a trip to another world with Baaba leading the way through music, dance, and spirituality.


Once and Again: The Complete Second Season

Some of us want to see messy, contradictory lives on screen. We find escape enough in knowing that, as much as the problems feel familiar, they are not precisely our own.


Wednesday, October 12 2005

Metallica: The History of Metallica: Out of the Loop [DVD]

Everything about this DVD reeks of crass exploitation at its worst.


Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984)

Even though the series focuses on German suffering, it does not avoid German racism, anti-Semitism, and intolerance.


Tuesday, October 11 2005

Rockers (1977)

For the last 25 years, Rockers has passed the spirit of Roots, Rock and Reggae on to successive generations. A remastered and re-released DVD promises to continue its legacy.


Over the Edge (1979)

Revisiting Over the Edge is always an education, especially if you grew up watching it repeatedly, as I did.


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