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Sunday, March 7 2004

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.


The School of Rock (2003)

'I'm always going 10 miles too far over the top, and sometimes I have a tendency to go crazy ham and cheese,' says Jack Black.


Labyrinth (1986)

Sarah is the origin and end of the fiction, its cause and effect simultaneously.


Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Far too vast to be linear or inclusive, the Godzilla story is actually a lot of stories, many of them contradictory.


Annie (1982)

She may have been a multimedia moppet, skipping from comic strip to radio to Broadway, but Little Orphan Annie is no movie star.


Sunday, February 29 2004

Various Artists: 270 Miles from Graceland: Live from Bonnaroo 2003 [DVD]

With the ideals of Woodstock thrown out the window, music festivals have become more about corporate synergy than politics.


Warren Zevon: VH1 (Inside) Out—Warren Zevon: Keep Me in Your Heart

The power of the film resides in Zevon's directness. He never seems to forget that he's dying, yet he keeps his life from taking on either a romantic sheen or a pitiful skin.


Blue Man Group: The Complex Rock Tour Live [DVD]

It's a great concept: a rock concert that is layered in such a way as to act as a meta-commentary about rock concerts.


Monday, February 23 2004

The Complete UFO Megaset

UFO's primary appeal lies in its sometimes brutal battles between humans and aliens.


The Critic: The Complete Series

Jon Lovitz's alter ego allows for his two biggest strengths as a performer: sarcasm and ironic overacting.


Brooklyn South: The Complete Series

The first episode features the sort of graphic violence one would expect to see in an R-rated film.


Walk on the Wild Side (1962)

Edward Dmytryk makes fine use of the French Quarter's Byzantine ironwork, its shadowy foyers, and the Escher-like twists of its courtyards and balconies.


Spellbound (2002)

Failure is always just one letter away.


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