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Tuesday, June 28 2005

Blur: Starshaped [DVD]

Nostalgia for the '90s rears its ugly neon head? Say it ain't so Damon.


Sunset Story (2003)

What begins as a remarkable story of two old soldiers in the war on apathy turns into a solemn look at the ravages and revenge of age.


The Pacifier (2004)

To convince Brad Garrett to wear a wrestling singlet, director Adam Shankman reminded him that 'Dignity is trumped by funny.'"


Monday, June 27 2005

Hellraiser: Deader (2005)

It's hard to dislike Hellraiser: Deader, despite the fact that in many ways it's a disappointing film.


Friday, June 24 2005

Dirty Filthy Love (2004)

We are introduced to Mark as he's lying in bed unable to move, from his room, also his sanctuary from the uncontrollable world around him.


Thursday, June 23 2005

The Wool Cap (2004)

Though Gigot harbors no real affinity for the tenants, he can't tell them when he's annoyed or out of sorts due to his being mute.


Wednesday, June 22 2005

Bob James: Live at Montreux [DVD]

DVD release of a 1985 concert by the pianist and his crack band of proto-smooth jazz fusioneers.


Cursed: Unrated Version (2004)

'I guess there's no such thing as safe sex with a werewolf,' whines one victim.


Tuesday, June 21 2005

Sting: Bring on the Night [DVD]

The 1985 documentary in which Der Schtingle forms his first post-Police band and demonstrates for the first time that he will soon become a hopelessly pretentious British pretty boy.


Lifeguard (1976)

A year-round California lifeguard, Rick Carlson (pre-gray Sam Elliott) has resisted the pull of others' expectations longer than most of us do.


Hostage (2005)

More disturbingly, Hostage is about the failure of certainty.


Monday, June 20 2005

Coach Carter (2004)

While the outcome is obvious (generic rules apply), Jackson is sharp and relatively restrained.


Friday, June 17 2005

License to Drive: Special Edition (1988)

So it's not Casablanca, but License to Drive does have its moments.


Crush (1992)

Crush conveys horror in a setting where eruptions of Otherness are barely contained, if also erratically effective.


Thursday, June 16 2005

The Olive Thomas Collection (2005 - PopMatters Film Review )

Long before OJ, James Dean, and William Desmond Taylor, the mysterious death of 25-year-old film star Olive Thomas caused a scandal in 1920.


Wednesday, June 15 2005

Lou Reed: Spanish Fly: Live in Spain [DVD]

While his music is brimming with life and action, his stage presence has always left something to be desired.


Heaven Can Wait: Criterion Collection (1943)

The newly dead Henry Van Cleave (Don Ameche) wants to be judged.


Tuesday, June 14 2005

Drive-By Truckers: The Dirty South: Live at the 40 Watt [DVD]

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Star Trek: Insurrection (Special Collector’s Edition) (1998)

Star Trek: Insurrection has been left without a defender of its particulars. I volunteer.


Sunday, June 12 2005

X: Live in Los Angeles [CD and DVD]

The seminal LA punk band that has never quite broken up plays their best songs with their classic line-up on the Sunset Strip. And, to our relief, they still sound like much more than just a punk band.


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