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Wednesday, April 6 2005

Yes: House of Yes: Live from the House of Blues [DVD]

If you can ignore Yes's somewhat ridiculous stage habits, and the confetti, you'll find that this semi-recent live DVD shows that progressive rock, at its best, can atone for its sins.


Shane MacGowan & the Popes: Live at Montreux 1995 [DVD]

Smile wide for the camera, Mr. MacGowan, and let the people see your pretty... oh, sweet merciful heavens...


Diana Krall: Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival [DVD]

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Monday, April 4 2005

Sideways (2004)

On the DVD, the actors gamely compete with self- mocking descriptions of themselves and each other.


Thursday, March 31 2005

The Question of God: Sigmund Freud & C. S. Lewis, with Dr. Armand Nicholi

The Question of God presumes the answer to its titular 'question' to be yes.


Dog the Bounty Hunter: The Best of Season 1

Love the mullet or he'll kick your ass.


America’s Next Top Model: Cycle One

America's Next Top Model is intriguing, appealing, and grotesque, much like the fashion world itself.


V-Day - Until the Violence Stops (2004) - PopMatters Film Review )

The documentary reveals the profound relationship between the play and the cause.


A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Reds, blues, and purples slide along director Ji-woon Kim's canvas and it's impossible to look away, even when it's scary.


Spiritual Voices (1995)

Over five hours, such ostensible fealty to the sprawling rhythms of daily life makes for a rigorous and occasionally maddening viewing experience.


Eroica (1957)

Eroica presents a picture of a bifurcated country, ostensibly cowed, but still seething with recrimination and indignation.


Desperately Seeking Seka (2002)

In 2002, Seka is a nice sharp pin ready to pop the balloon of ballyhoo surrounding her mythology.


Confession (Povinnost) (1998)

Visceral and at times brutal, it's a livid illustration of the effects of monotony and oppression on the spirit.


Bright Future (Akarui mirai) (2003)

One of the most attractive aspects of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's style is his implicit trust in his audience's intelligence.


Blue Chips (1994)

With the occasional exception of Shaquille O'Neal, the players here act like athletes, which is to say, badly.


Wednesday, March 30 2005

Various Artists: Soundz of Spirit [DVD]

Soundz of Spirit is a documentary (and accompanying CD soundtrack) that explores the 'creative process' and 'spirituality' in hip-hop. First-time filmmaker Joslyn Rose Lyons pieces together dope beats, ill rhymes, sick moves, and some deep thoughts. However, is the God in one enough to move the God in another?"


Wednesday, March 23 2005

Murder One: Season One

Mesmerizingly played by Daniel Benzali, Ted respects the law but understands that the courthouse is just one of its venues.


The Dukes of Hazzard: The Complete First Season

Embracing NASCAR, stunt driving, and short shorts, the series had such a good time being ridiculous that it was often fun to tag along.


Yves Saint-Laurent: His Life and Times (2004)

As much as he ostensibly seems to be in denial about it, Saint-Laurent did bring a new level of aesthetic consciousness to segments of the consumer market where it hadn't before been.


Strangers When We Meet (1960/2005)

Strangers When We Meet is a melodramatic tale of extramarital unhappiness amongst fast-track suburbanites.


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