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Friday, July 29 2005

Tilt: The Complete First Season

The players in Tilt have so little respect for poker that the honor of the game is lost amid shaky deals and legs getting snapped.


The Job: The Complete Series

Denis Leary and Peter Tolan's desire to rehabilitate the sitcom not only meant changing the way characters interact with each other, but also the show's structure.


The Inheritance (2003)

In Ulrich Thomsen's brilliantly minimalist performance we see the dissolution of a weak man, a man unable to muster the self-possession necessary to control his own destiny.


Thursday, July 28 2005

The Dreams of Sparrows (2004)

Director Hayder Mousa Daffar had a dream, to make a documentary about his Iraq. Not, he says, the Iraq that he sees 'on the internet, on the news... bombs and explosions', but a country where people lived, and survived, and aspired for more.


Acacia (2003)

Director Ki-Hyung Par considers Acacia his personal statement on adoption in Korea.


Wednesday, July 27 2005

The Pretenders: The Pretenders Greatest Hits [DVD]

While the Pretenders admittedly aren't saving the world, in High Fidelity Nick Hornby suggested that some people might be able to extract the meaning of life from one of their chord changes.


Twenty Bucks (1993)

Reflecting its long gestation period, Twenty Bucks seems ageless, its photography and art direction creating an ambiguous timestamp.


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

Before you've had time to acclimate yourself to any themes and motifs, before you have any context, you've already been assaulted.


Tuesday, July 26 2005

The Sex Pistols: The Great Rock and Roll Swindle [DVD]

Still, 250 hours of footage, and none of it showed up on this DVD...? Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"


The Brady Bunch: The Complete Second Season

Here again, you'll experience the split-level ranch house, beaded vests, Astroturf, and 'groovy' vocabulary.


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.'


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