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Monday, December 27 2004

Various Artists: Homesick Vol. 1 [DVD]

It brings together 13 videos from across the pop-punk and hardcore spectrum into one collection.


George Harrison: The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 [DVD]

Harrison fans will certainly find enjoyment in watching this DVD, but knowing that it could've been so much more without a great deal more effort... that's just downright depressing.


Wednesday, December 22 2004

Stander (2003)

Reasoning that 'a white man can get away with anything today,' Stander sets out to distract the police as well as show up their prejudice.


The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Demme's movie reasserts that the fabled U.S. political landscape isn't transparent or democratic, but instead, corrupted by the individuals who manage it.


King Arthur: Extended Unrated Director’s Cut (2004)

'The idea of these young boys being taken away from home at a young age... reminded me a lot of my own culture,' says director Antoine Fuqua.


Hi, Mom (1970)

It is slightly odd to see Robert DeNiro so young and handsome, giving a performance so deftly naturalistic.


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 03 (2004)

As our own physical reality becomes more entwined with virtual ones, Ghost in the Shell couldn't be more apt.


Farmingville (2004)

This searing documentary argues against the use of near-slave-level migrant labor, implying that the United States' economy would collapse without it. In making this case, the film indicts a first world population that doesn't want to do its own dirty work.


Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)

Amid all the overreaching, expensive, mostly tacky ambition of the summer's movies, it's good to see a B-movie that knows what it is.


Tuesday, December 21 2004

Mates of State: Two of Us [DVD]

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Dizzy Gillespie: Jivin’ in Bebop [DVD]

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Miles Davis: Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue [DVD]

Love them or hate them, the events documented in Miles Electric cast giant waves upon the jazz world that would be weathered for decades to come.


Monday, December 13 2004

Star Trek: The Original Series - Season Three

Star Trek remains enjoyable today in ways that other, similarly important or influential shows do not.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Seventh Season

Joss Whedon says, 'We sort of worship at the same altar. Me and my staff are the biggest Buffy nerds alive.'


Top Gun: Special Collector’s Edition (1986)

One angle on this newness was the boys' deep friendships, masculine and competitive but also tender and intimate.


Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Uncomfortable with his abilities (they have come on him like a virus), Peter repeatedly returns to his central question: Who am I?"


The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

'When you do a love story as part of your film, you need to do a lot of love scenes, so we can see the lovers together,' explains Garry Marshall.


The Naked Jungle (1954)

What sets this Naked Jungle apart is a remarkably astute depiction of the collision of the sexes, in its addition of a mail order bride for the protagonist.


I, Robot (2004)

'It's harder and harder to make straight-ahead sci-fi and straight-ahead comic book movies,' says Akiva Goldsman.


Sunday, December 12 2004

Pet Shop Boys: Somewhere [DVD]

The real story with Pet Shop Boys and with Somewhere is the music, and on that point the show is flawless.


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