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Wednesday, November 30 2005

Dwight Yoakam: Live from Austin, TX [DVD]

If jeans-wearing were an Olympic sport, Dwight Yoakam would win every single medal and possibly even lead some sort of honorary jeans-parade.


Naked (1993)

A hard movie, in the sense that it's difficult and also harsh, Naked is unsettling, often extremely funny and sometimes bizarrely brilliant.


Tuesday, November 29 2005

Cradle of Filth: Peace Through Superior Firepower [DVD]

A deliciously eee-vil black metal bacchanal. Just in time for the Holidays, kids!"


Sky High (2005)

Though Layla brings some sense of complexity to the proceedings, she's generally undermined by the film's straightforward charging.


Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)

John's casually precise athleticism and stuttering are oddly enchanting.


Monday, November 28 2005

Various Artists: Live 8 at Eden: Africa Calling [DVD]

The red-headed step-child of the Live 8 shows, Live 8 at Eden: Africa Calling shows a vibrant, artistic people, ultimately putting a face on the continent Western celebrities and musicians have tried to aid for the past 20 years.


Mission Hill: The Complete Series

The 1999 WB show remains firmly grounded in the emotional realities of Kevin's attempt to survive high school despite his nerdish tendencies, and Andy's constant struggle between his aspirations and his apathy.


Save the Tiger (1973)

The question at the heart of Save the Tiger is no less nagging for its familiarity: didn't it all used to be so simple?"


Sunday, November 27 2005

50 Cent: The Massace: Special Edition [CD/DVD]

Fiddy's no Brando, he probably isn't even a Tupac, but he can do a good imitation of someone writing a rhyme on the decks of a production studio or looking out the window of a tour van.


Wednesday, November 23 2005

The Adventures of Pete & Pete: Season Two

It was as if David Lynch had decided to quit making movies and revive Leave It to Beaver.


Millions (2004)

Millions sustains a vibrantly colored, enjoyably lively view, fantastic to reflect Damian's perspective, literally short and practically limited.


Tuesday, November 22 2005

The Beta Band: The Best of the Beta Band - Film [DVD]

Somewhere in here, it seems, lie the answers to certain questions which have eluded the Betas and their fans from the very beginning.


Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Fourth Season

The big laughs emerge from the same place they always have: Larry David's excruciating absorption in life's smallest problems.


Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

The film's sheer volume of vengeance is so great, pacing so deliberate, and confrontations so inevitable, that the experience is not unlike watching the climax of a film noir stretched out over 90 minutes.


The Honeymooners (2005)

While most of the target audience for the movie may not remember the TV version, Schultz's Honeymooners unfortunately forgets what was most appealing about the show.


Sunday, November 20 2005

Jesus Jones: Live at the Marquee [DVD]

Jesus Jones delivers a live show/interview combo that's sure to please the hardcore fans, but just as sure to alienate everyone else.


Peter Gabriel: Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped [DVD]

One of the toughest things about growing older is watching your heroes age with you, especially when they age poorly.


Thursday, November 17 2005

Bobby Womack: Soul Seduction Supreme [DVD]

Sex and soul music; Bobby Womack gives the English a lesson in seduction, American style.


Skinny Puppy: The Greater Wrong of the Right Live [DVD]

The Greater Wrong of the Right Live is a truly astounding look at the Skinny Puppy live experience.


Wednesday, November 16 2005

George Harrison and Friends: The Concert for Bangladesh [DVD]

Shortly after The Beatles broke up, George Harrison got a group of musicians together and tried to help some of the world's neediest citizens. Harrison succeeded in hosting a pretty good rock concert that reveals the spirit of an earlier era when anything seemed possible.


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