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Friday, October 28 2005

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.


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.


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