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Monday, July 25 2005

Einsturzende Neubauten: 1/2 Mensch [DVD]

Of course, there is always something perpetually upsetting about seeing an animated fetus moving through an inky-black universe of German screams and scraping metal.


The Jacket (2005)

Jack's experience fragments so radically and time turns so out of joint that you might think he's insane, as do his white-coated doctors.


Hukkle (2002)

Selling poison to the denizens of a small Slavic village, she's a one-woman Murder, Incorporated.


Sunday, July 24 2005

Natacha Atlas: Transglobal Underground [DVD]

She's your private belly dancer and singer who knows what love has got to do with it.


Friday, July 22 2005

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2004 (2004): Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Steve Carell, St

While Stewart makes no bones about his own preferences, Republicans, Democrats, and reporters all come in for the same rowdy treatment.


Bad Girls: The Complete First Season

Bad Girls makes the battle-scarred ladies of Lark Hall into minor heroines.


Plethora (2005) - PopMatters Film Review )

It's billed as 'a documentary about stuff', but it's really about self-identity and interpersonal relationships, and how our personal belongings serve as extensions of our selves.


Thursday, July 21 2005

Home Improvement: The Complete Second Season

Despite his muscle-headed tendencies, it's hard not to love Tim Taylor.


Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection (2005)

Bill and Ted have barely a brain between them and speak in brilliantly realized Surferese: they're that guy you know who still snickers at the double entendres in Van Halen album titles.


Wednesday, July 20 2005

Dead Like Me: Second Season

Roxy, bless her, is acutely practical: 'Everybody can't get a monument, otherwise the world'd be one big-ass graveyard.'


Admissions (2004)

This near obsessive concern for Emily's well-being also limits Evie's experience, even her desire for experience.


Tuesday, July 19 2005

Tetsuo: The Iron Man - Collector’s Edition (1988)

It's porn of a particular sort, less arousing than hideous, but improbably, grimly titillating all the same.


Ice Princess (2005)

Corny as it must be, Ice Princess is substantially bolstered by Trachtenberg's appealing mix of eagerness and grace.


Monday, July 18 2005

Eminem: The Anger Management Tour [DVD]

Performances like this are the reason people get hooked on caffeine pills. You'll need a box just to stay awake.


Laguna Beach: The Complete First Season

Coming after The O.C., and before that, Beverly Hills, 90210, Laguna Beach seems all too familiar.


Be Cool (2005)

The John Travolta movie starts off on the wrong foot and proceeds downwards.


Friday, July 15 2005

Sam Kinison: Outlaws of Comedy (1990)

Unfortunately, Sam Kinison: Outlaws of Comedy is the worst version of this wounded genius that ever existed.


Thursday, July 14 2005

Femi Kuti: Live at the Shrine [DVD]

Half concert recording, half character study, this documentary is a striking depiction of the effect artists can have on society when they give their all. And the music's sublime.


The Chronicles of Narnia

Parents will want the moral lessons and be glad that the violence of the books is downplayed here. Kids will want the magic.


Wednesday, July 13 2005

Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation: The First London Invasion Tour 1987 [DVD]

With flame in their eyes and clocks around their necks, Public Enemy were setting stages on fire, as showmen with a larger sense of social purpose.


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