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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.


Friday, June 10 2005

World Poker Tour: Season Two

The Travel Channel's World Poker Tour has helped make poker the hottest obsession around.


The Nomi Song (2004)

It is the footage of Klaus Nomi that best demonstrates the immense talent and heart that lie beneath what could have been nothing more than nightclub kitsch.


Thursday, June 9 2005

The Machinist (2004)

Trevor is an image disappearing, more about reduction and loss than self-knowledge and identification.


Wednesday, June 8 2005

The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete First Season

The Bob Newhart Show manages to rise above generic formulas.


Tuesday, June 7 2005

Richard Pryor: Stand-Up (2005)

More than anything else, Richard Pryor was a confessional artist whose monologues derived from his own chaotic and frequently self-destructive life, Brother Richard testifying from the lip of the abyss.


Sunday, June 5 2005

The Vibrators: Live Energized: CBGB 2004 [DVD]

The poor Vibrators get a bad rap. On the surface, they seem to have a great punk pedigree, but as ubiquitous as they've been, the Vibrators are one of the most derided bands of British punk.


Friday, June 3 2005

Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (2004)

The very process of documenting freestyle is at once contradictory and ambitious, futile and crucial.


Thursday, June 2 2005

The Golden Girls: The Complete Second Season

In The Golden Girls, which can be exceedingly smart, this kind of writing just feels lazy.


Malevolence (2004)

The movie toggles over into autopilot, following the flight path established years ago by John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper.


Wednesday, June 1 2005

The Saint - The Early Episodes, Set 1

Such righteousness could have easily overwhelmed another TV series, but Roger Moore's charisma saves the day.


Tuesday, May 31 2005

Lucinda Williams: Live from Austin, TX [DVD]

This 16-song set documents the period in Lucinda Williams' career when she was about to leave the mortal realm of underground hero and enter the pantheon of great American songwriters.


Jules and Jim: Criterion Collection (1962)

'Truffaut had the dread of everything conventional. Above all, he detested the conventionality of the nonconventional,' Jean Gruault notes.


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