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Sunday, December 5 2004

Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Live at Montreux 1997 [DVD]

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Monday, November 29 2004

Zhou Yu’s Train (Zhou Yu de huo che) (2002)

Structured as a tale that is in the process of being told, Zhou Yu's Train cuts back and forth in time and across locations.


The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

As Eve, a young woman whose life unravels following her diagnosis with multiple personality disorder, Joanne Woodward is spectacular.


Ragtime (1981)

Profound as Coalhouse walker's story might be, Ragtime is about far more.


Hero (2002)

Hero reimagines history in a way that underlines its tragedy.


The Clearing (2004)

The kidnapping sets in motion a thriller that doubles as a character study, delving into Wayne and Eileen's strained marriage.


The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

'In Japan,' says Takeshi Kitano, 'cops and yakuzas are the only two occupations that deal with death or violence daily.'"


Sunday, November 28 2004

Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon [DVD]

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Norah Jones and the Handsome Band: Live in 2004 [DVD]

The DVD serves as confirmation that, yes, Norah is Norah, and effectively drives home everything that has now become part of the 'Norah Package'. Quiet, withdrawn demeanor? Check. Slow, peaceful tunes? Check. Total control over a positively velvet voice? Check.


Wednesday, November 24 2004

Taxi: The Complete First Season

If Alex is the dad, Louie is the drunk uncle who visits without calling first.


SCTV Volume 2

The material shows how much the SCTV crew did not engage in either obvious parody or simple knee-jerk laughs.


Arrested Development: Season One

Arrested Development is Bad Behavior writ large, and it is the most consistently funny half-hour to grace the Idiot Box in a long time.


Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties (2004)

A film that sheds light on discrimination and energetically calls for a re-evaluation of U.S. priorities.


Roadgames (1981)

Roadgames is ultimately a clever Hitchcockian soufflé that 'is full of air, but rises nicely.'"


The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

The Hammer remains confused and conflicted, almost apologetic for who he is.


Tuesday, November 23 2004

The Microphones/Little Wings: Wise Old Little Boy [DVD]

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Ray Charles: Live in Concert with the Edmonton Symphony [DVD]

Fans looking for footage of his incendiary R&B will need to look elsewhere. However, Live in Concert is a pleasant trip to the crisp, seasoned concerts Charles gave in the latter part of his life.


Monday, November 15 2004

Richard Pryor: I Ain’t Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! (Uncensored)

I Ain't Dead Yet doesn't pretend to be definitive; nonetheless, it is an insubstantial program about a substantial figure.


The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

'There are tears for things, there are tears of things, there are tears from things,' says Guy Maddin.


Legally Blonde: Platinum Collection (2001/2003)

The audio commentary featuring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Luketic demonstrates the leading lady to be much more thoughtful and subdued than her typical roles might suggest.


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