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Thursday, April 14 2005

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: Special Collector’s Edition (2004)

Based on three Snicket books, the film mostly takes the kids' perspective, and so delights in the gooey and the ooky.


Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Ambitiously humanitarian, the film uses Paul's plot to allude to the broader tragedy.


Bad Education (La mala educación) (2004)

Pedro Almodóvar's commentary is as seductive as his filmmaking.


Wednesday, April 13 2005

Rod Stewart: One Night Only: Rod Stewart Live at Royal Albert Hall [DVD]

He's doing what he wants to do, and if that appeals to both 20-year-olds and 80-year-olds, well, so be it.


Nanci Griffith: One Fair Summer Evening… Plus! [DVD]

A glimpse into Nanci Griffith's early days of promise as she stepped into the limelight with a live recording.


Thursday, April 7 2005

Sapphire and Steel: The Complete Series

We don't know their past, we don't know the extent of their connection, but we're in love with these characters.


Ellen: The Complete Season Two

We are more eager to see how Ellen is going to muck it up than to believe she's looking for a partner.


Zero Day (2003)

Coccio's movie looks both chillingly insightful and despairingly naïve.


Whispering Corridors (1998)

Whispering Corridors' ghost story comments on the harsh South Korean education system.


Twentieth Century (1934)

Twentieth Century reveals the self-consciousness of theater, its falseness and its glory.


Sideways (2004)

Amid the road-tripping and the boy bonding, it is Maya who resonates at last.


Spanglish (2004)

Téa Leoni sees the script as an example of Brooks' ability to 'pierce human truth and make it ooze for you'.


Elektra (2005)

Even as she might look toward a future, however, Elektra is all about the past.


The Corporation (2004)

The film argues that today, corporations are the planet's dominant institution, such that their welfare, as individuals, takes precedence over all else.


Closer (2004)

This leads to titillation, judgment, desire, and commerce all around. How Howard Stern.


Wednesday, April 6 2005

Various Artists: Burn to Shine: Washington DC 01.14.2004 [DVD]

A snapshot of Washington, DC's music scene on a particular day in 2004. Ted Leo, Ian MacKaye, Bob Mould and others give intimate performances in an empty house soon to be burnt to the ground.


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.


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