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Thursday, October 6 2005

Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba [DVD]

DG can also mean Deo gratias, and this, by the grace of God, is Dizzy Gillespie in terrific trumpet form when not bringing together his verbal reflections on jazz, its African cultural roots, and continuities across political boundaries and stormy, oily seas.


Wednesday, October 5 2005

Toy Story: 10th Anniversary Edition (1995)

Ten years on, much of Pixar's Toy Story, the first computer-animated feature film, is as sweet and smart as ever.


Rock School (2004)

Director/DP Don Argott is nothing if not enthusiastic about his film, Rock School, and all the choices that went into it.


Tuesday, October 4 2005

Layer Cake (2004)

Daniel Craig ensures that you see XXXX's mind wheels turning as he confronts each new impasse.


Monday, October 3 2005

New Order: Item [DVD]

This new two-DVD set from New Order reveals a band comfortably situated between art and commerce.


Benny Hill: The Early Naughty Years - Complete and Unadulterated (Volume 3)

Benny Hill will always be the bastard stepchild of British sketch comedy.


So Wrong They’re Right (1993) - PopMatters Film Review )

However much one admires their chutzpah and the enthusiasm of their subjects, So Wrong They're Right proves to be more entertaining than edifying.


Friday, September 30 2005

Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin - The Untold Story

Stewie's time-continuum meddling focuses on insuring that he ends up with a non-retail job and a more tastefully decorated apartment. This is not 12 Monkeys.


Oldboy (2003)

Oldboy feels more like an existential drama by Ingmar Bergmann than a brainless action bloodbath.


Thursday, September 29 2005

Kool Keith: Kool Keith Presents Global Enlightenment, Part 1 [DVD]

News Flash! Kool Keith is Kra~zy! What, you knew that already?"


The Transporter: Special Delivery Edition (2002)

The opening minutes establish the series as sort of quicker, cheaper version of Bond.


Mindhunters (2004)

While the accumulating bodies and declarations of motive are unclever, Mindhunters does make good (if not quite enough) use of LL Cool J.


The Committee (1968)

Yes, its soundtrack contains unreleased music by Pink Floyd, but this short '60s art film is worth watching on its own peculiar merits.


Wednesday, September 28 2005

Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)

While Hellworld is a pretty good generic horror movie, it is an abysmal Hellraiser film.


American Beer: A Bockumentary (2005)

The dedication that Paul Kermizian and his crew have to their beer is remarkable.


Tuesday, September 27 2005

Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

While Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie proved to be just a little scary for a two-year-old, the prospect of living with even one of Disney's Princesses for any length of time fills me with dread.


The Billy Nayer Show: The Early Years (1992-1994)

It's Cory McAbee's look, that Rat Pack meets rat feces façade, that wins us over.


Monday, September 26 2005

Experiments in Terror (2003)

It's rather like being invited over to watch David Lynch's home movies.


The Brown Bunny (2003)

The Brown Bunny remains a stubbornly disengaging film, daring you to dislike it.


Friday, September 23 2005

Gladiator: Extended Edition (2000)

It's a bad sign for your making-of doc when the most interesting folks to listen to are the studio weasels.


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