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Thursday, December 22 2005

Christmas With SCTV

If you need a reason to buy the Christmas disc, the answer is John Candy.


The Prophecy: Forsaken (2005)

Here the angels are evil, God never makes an appearance, and humans are unreliable and fragile.


Wednesday, December 21 2005

Green Day: Bullet in a Bible [CD + DVD]

Proof that Green Day are one of the world's best and biggest rock bands -- no qualifiers necessary.


Tuesday, December 20 2005

That ‘70s Show: Season Three

The show cleverly picks up on the aftermath of '60s revolutions and the Vietnam war, as well as the new decade's kitschy playfulness.


Star Wars: Clone Wars, Volume 2 (2005)

Watching others play in George Lucas' universe can also be sort of heartwarming.


Friday, December 16 2005

24 - Season Four

All this torture is variously named, always painful, sometimes inhumane treatments of suspects or folks with info they're afraid to give up. Most everyone in 24 works in a hurry.


Thursday, December 15 2005

Keane: Strangers [DVD]

Three guys, no guitar, one glorious, sweepingly majestic record after seven years of no luck. A better 2-DVD set for a band with one studio album you won't find.


Horatio Hornblower: Collector’s Edition

One wishes that the creators of the series had stuck more to the spirit of the Hornblower books than the letter, but Forester's fans are in their own way as rabid as Tolkien's or J.K. Rowling's, and they must be appeased.


Wednesday, December 14 2005

The Who: Tommy and Quadrophenia Live [DVD]

Considering how much Who material is out there, it's nice to see something new and valuable come along.


Project Runway: The Complete First Season

There is more to Project Runway than stereotypically 'gay' entertainment, even if it is relentlessly histrionic and campy.


Bad News Bears (2005)

The DVD extras are mostly valuable for the access they grant to Richard Linklater, who is a terrific storyteller and articulate filmmaker.


Tuesday, December 13 2005

Rush: R30: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition [DVD]

On their second release in two years, Rush continue to perfect the concert DVD experience.


Pioneers of Primetime

Combining personal stories with some historical commentary, Pioneers of Primetime covers both the personal and the epic sides of a media evolution.


The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection (2005)

Harold Lloyd doesn't have super strength, agility or speed, he just uses Yankee ingenuity, celebrated in the heady days after World War I.


Monday, December 12 2005

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection Volume 8

What we have here is a reference book for rib tickling; a televisual tome where every possible pratfall or wicked witticism is stored for future, frequent use.


Fantastic Four (2005)

The superpowers bring trauma, anger, and confusion, and eventually a sense of responsibility, as the crew decides to do good with what they've got.


Thursday, December 8 2005

Guided By Voices: The Electrifying Conclusion [DVD]

Guided By Voices say goodbye with a four-hour finale full of fans, friends, and inebriation.


The Dick Cavett Show—Ray Charles Collection

It's no secret that Dick Cavett loved Ray Charles' music.


Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (2005)

Even with its contradictions, Felicity offers Shailene Woodley's feisty performance and adorable little face.


Wednesday, December 7 2005

U2: Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago [DVD]

Bono sets an example for us all, putting in a full night's work on his birthday.


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