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Monday, March 22 2004

Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

Something's Gotta Give is best when it backs off the cute dialogue and the actors create their own moments.


Beyond Borders (2003)

The truth is shifty throughout Beyond Borders, primarily because its fiction is filtered through Sarah's eyes.


Sunday, March 21 2004

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Monday, March 15 2004

Starsky & Hutch: The Complete First Season

It was a show about a car, with the two leads, detectives David Starsky and Ken Hutchinson, taking second billing.


Homicide: Life on the Street: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2

Homicide lays out an utterly compelling and occasionally oblique anti-cop-show premise.


Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Berkley-educated, Katherine is a 'forward thinker,' a 'bohemian' who believes that education opens doors.


Morvern Callar (2002)

Morvern is a puzzle the film picks at but never quite solves, the focus of its probing but also respectful attention.


Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973)

Brother Sun, Sister Moon transcends its Catholic specificity to find spiritual truth through humility.


Sunday, March 14 2004

Abba: Gold [DVD]

It is difficult to overstate just how brilliant Abba was.


Monday, March 8 2004

Space Is the Place (1974)

If the film is the definitive model of where blaxploitation intersects with sci-fi, as it has so often been regarded, then 2003 was an appropriate year for its return.


Sunday, March 7 2004

“Weird Al” Yankovich: The Ultimate Video Collection [DVD]

With radio typically turning a deaf ear to novelty music, limiting the chances Al had for taking his comedy to the public, video may have simply been a back door into the minds of audiences.


Sinead O’Connor: Live: The Value of Ignorance + The Year of the Horse [DVD]

Throughout her career she displayed a willful perversity for going against the grain, situating herself as a one-woman public relations wrecking crew.


Steve Earle: Just an American Boy [DVD]

Amos Poe had a terrific chance to put together the definitive profile of an artist who is at the peak of his career, producing great music, prose, and drama at such a prolific rate as he'd never done before.


Jim Croce: Have You Heard: Jim Croce Live [DVD]

Jim Croce was one of those troubadours, a storyteller in the old-fashioned sense who toiled in a series of blue-collar jobs until he hit it big.


The Black Heart Procession: Tropics of Love [DVD]

Combining Tom Waits's atmospheric sensibilities with somber, piano-laden dirges, the Black Heart Procession swear that love will destroy you.


Monday, March 1 2004

Press Gang: Series 1

Press Gang refused to treat its audience like children.


MTV’s Wuthering Heights

You can almost hear the producers' pitch: 'It's Heathcliff and Catherine via Justin and Britney -- tragic love, but without all those heavy wool broadcloths.'


Disinformation: The Complete Series

Disinformation is a lot like the Weekly World News as written by James Randi and the staff of The Skeptical Enquirer.


Tricheurs (1983)

For Schroeder, gambling becomes a metaphor for the allure of the unknown.


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