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The Naked Truth / Never Let Go (1958/1960)

Peter Sellers creates a calm-before-the-storm tension between this persona and later violent outbursts.

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World Tour Poker: Bad Boys of Poker

It's hard not to see this behavior as showing off, even when hearing Phil Laak reflect on it during his commentary.

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Burden of Dreams: Criterion Collection (1982)

Complex, ambitious, inspired, Herzog here talks his way through the making of his movie with a remarkable self-consciousness.

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2 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Unreal (2004)

Kudos to the cast, who capture the barely concealed irony of most reality shows: people appear as their 'unscripted' selves, but they are acting.

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2 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Guess Who (2005)

In this comedic refraction of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, by way of Meet the Parents and basic black-white buddydom, Ashton Kutcher's partner is Bernie Mac.

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Ryan: The Special Edition (2004)

Ryan Larkin is smothered by his own work, unable to meet others' expectations but still swamped by a desire to create.

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The Street With No Name / House of Bamboo (1948/1955)

The men's relationship is rerouted through any number of bizarre set pieces, the sort of brilliant incongruity that Fuller loved to wreak.

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	Devo: Devo - Live 1980 [DVD]

In spite of the poor video quality, the new Dual Disc release is a historical document worth preserving, remarkable for the fact that a record of the show even exists.

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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.

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29 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

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.

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29 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

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.

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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.

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28 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Acacia (2003)

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

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	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.

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27 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Twenty Bucks (1993)

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

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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.

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26 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	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?"

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The Brady Bunch: The Complete Second Season

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

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	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.

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25 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

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.

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