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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.


Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season One

Occasionally patronizing, Randall isn't afraid to hit a girl or pull a gun on one if it's necessary.


Tuesday, July 12 2005

Paul McCartney: Paul McCartney in Red Square [DVD]

For decades, the Beatles' albums were banned from the Russian people, who risked imprisonment if caught owning them. Nearly four decades later, Paul McCartney played Red Square; as this film shows, the night was magical, joyous, and more than a little heartbreaking.


The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Francis Ford Coppola's focus on his family, in the film and his memory, could not be more poignant or more public.


Father of the Bride: 15th Anniversary Edition (1991)

Maybe it's asking too much for a lighthearted comedy to raise any significant questions. But it can't be asking too much to expect the film to make sense.


Monday, July 11 2005

Table For Five (1983)

Watching this 1983 tearjerker anew is a jarring, surprising experience.


Gunner Palace (2004)

'Maybe this whole war thing wasn't even true,' says Spc. Wilf. 'Maybe it's all burned into my mind now.'"


Friday, July 8 2005

Footballer’s Wives: The Complete Series One

Footballers Wives is sort of a Desperate Housewives meets North Dallas Forty.


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