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Monday, January 17 2005

The Battle of Algiers: Criterion Collection (1967)

Things are never as simple as administrations would like us (and themselves) to believe.


Sunday, January 16 2005

Morcheeba: From Brixton to Beijing [DVD]

Of all the acclaimed groups birthed by the 'Bristol' trip-hop sound of the early '90s -- an exclusive group that includes such unquestionable luminaries as Massive Attack, Smith & Mighty, Tricky and Portishead -- Morcheeba have always been considered the underachievers.


Goldfrapp: Wonderful Electric: Live in London [DVD]

Goldfrapp is one of the finest musical talents to have emerged in the first half of this decade.


Monday, January 10 2005

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

The first black Heavyweight Champion of the World, 1908 to 1915, Jack Johnson was rowdy, smart, rebellious, and proud.


Prisoner: Cell Block H - 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Women in prison. What wonderful, wanton images those three words conjure up.


Home Improvement: The Complete First Season

Tim's determination to add 'more power' to every household appliance or gardening tool speaks to his skewed sense of what it means to be a man.


Hermitage Masterpieces

The Hermitage represents the climax of the Russian aristocracy's longtime fascination with Europe.


Bill Hicks Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-Up Comedian

Shocking and mocking his way through the mid-'80s comedy scene, Bill Hicks invited controversy with his dark, explicit sexual humor.


The Village (2004)

'I have to keep doing things that scare me, and this certainly scares me,' says M. Night Shyamalan.


Paparazzi (2004)

'In case you're wondering,' says director Paul Abascal, 'in this movie, the paparazzi are very sleazy guys.'"


High Art (1998)

Where other lesbian-themed films might ride the sweat-stained cliché for all it's worth, Cholodenko instead shows restraint.


Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Made in 1929, Un Chien Andalou is based on the exchange of 'dreams' between two young Spanish artists.


Anchorman—The Legend of Ron Burgundy Giftset (2004)

Will Ferrell's comedy is escapism as abstract art, a breathless retreat into the frenetic headspace of a 12-year-old boy.


Sunday, January 9 2005

Jimi Hendrix: Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight [CD + DVD]

As he had so masterfully done at Monterey and Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix engulfed Isle of Wight festival goers in a brilliant sea of cosmic sights and sounds. No one could have imagined that the 1970 concert would be the Voodoo Chile's last hurrah.


Tuesday, January 4 2005

Steve Earle: Live From Austin TX [CD and DVD]

Clean and sober, Earle's prolific string of seven albums in nine years has been nothing short of masterful. It has also usurped the first half of his career: Earle, formerly competent songwriter, now makes sonically adventurous records with political and social conscience.


Monday, January 3 2005

Rocked with Gina Gershon (2004): Gina Gershon

Gina Gershon's made quite a name for herself as a B-movie actress.


Reba: The Complete First Season

Reba happily infuses the character 'Reba Hart' with the star's own perkiness and sweet spirit.


The 4400: The Complete First Season

The 4400 intimates that most of the returnees' integration problems boil down to fear approximating a post-9/11 'dread of difference'.


Boy Meets World: The Complete Second Season

How did Boy Meets World manage to stay on the air for seven years?.


Wild at Heart: Special Edition (1990)

'The most rewarding thing about working with David,' says cinematographer Frederick Elmes, 'is helping him see the vision through.'"


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