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Thursday, April 7 2005

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.


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.


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