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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.

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	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.

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Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (2004)

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

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The Golden Girls: The Complete Second Season

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

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2 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Malevolence (2004)

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

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The Saint - The Early Episodes, Set 1

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

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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.

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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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	The Stranglers: Live 1978 in San Francisco [DVD]

There must be some better vintage live footage of the Stranglers out there somewhere.

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27 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Moog (2004)

Synthesizer pioneer/nice guy Bob Moog deserves a thorough, artistically bold biopic. Director Hans Fjellestad isn't up to the challenge.

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	Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash: Ridin’ the Rails (The Great American Train Story) [DVD]

Choo-choo: Take a ride on the railroad with the Man in Black and learn one version of American railroad history.

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26 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Flame Trees of Thika (1981)

The filming oscillates uneasily between Masterpiece Theater lushness and National Geographic-style ethno-voyeurism.

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The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)

Christopher Reeve's film seems geared less towards portraying the warts and all existence of a disabled person, than showing what can be achieved with a little selfless dedication.

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25 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Gilmore Girls: The Complete Third Season

The casual, chatty extras capture the series' spirit: whimsical, free-spirited, and tinged with nostalgia.

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	Son Volt: Live From Austin, TX [DVD]

Jay Farrar and co's lack of visual flair sinks an otherwise-strong set of alt-country tunes.

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The Lone Gunmen - The Complete Series

Being a network TV show and therefore bound by certain attractiveness requirements, The Lone Gunmen couldn't just follow the nerds.

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24 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Around the Bend (2004)

Henry's instructions bring Turner and Jason to important landmarks that dredge up memories and force them to face events that have haunted their lives.

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	Various Artists: Basement TV, Vol. 1 [DVD]

No interviews or extraneous footage, just live hip-hop performances at the record store or in the club presented by L.A.'s Basement Records.

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23 May 2005 // 4:00 PM

The Big Town (1987)

In Cullen's rise to the top, he summarily steps on everyone who tries to help him or slow him down.

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23 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Séance (2004)

As Koji and Junco drift apart, not only is their dialogue minimal, but they also appear repeatedly framed by windows and doorways.

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