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The Joys of Danger

John G. Nettles
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Simpsonology

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Delicatessen (1992)

There is always something to look at in this film, even in the unsavory parts.

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The Ten Commandments (50th Anniversary Edition) (1956)

It is the role that would provide Charlton Heston with fame, fortune, and the authoritative persona he now uses to convince people that hunting squirrels with AK-47s is not just a right but a duty.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Bueller Bueller Edition (1986)

Call us the Breakfast Club Generation. We are all Molly Ringwald.

John G. Nettles
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Horatio Hornblower: Collector's Edition

One wishes that the creators of the series had stuck more to the spirit of the Hornblower books than the letter, but Forester's fans are in their own way as rabid as Tolkien's or J.K. Rowling's, and they must be appeased.

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Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows (2005)

Frankly, having sat with my kids through Transformers, Pokemon, Hello Kitty, Bratz, and My Little Pony videos, the Bionicle series is a work of comparative genius.

John G. Nettles
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Scorsese's 'No Direction Home: Bob Dylan' (2005)

Martin Scorsese's No Direction Home: Bob Dylan is about Dylan's early life among the Mister Joneses of his era, ahead of rock 'n' roll's learning curve and suffering the judgments of the slower kids in his class.

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The Legend of Zelda: The Complete Animated Series

Zelda, when not accompanying Link on Triforce retrieval missions or being kidnapped, is bafflingly obsessed with cleaning the castle.

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Experiments in Terror (2003)

It's rather like being invited over to watch David Lynch's home movies.

John G. Nettles
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Gladiator: Extended Edition (2000)

It's a bad sign for your making-of doc when the most interesting folks to listen to are the studio weasels.

John G. Nettles
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Futurama Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection

It is a short but powerful argument in favor of Matt Groening's dream project.

John G. Nettles
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Bill & Ted's Most Excellent Collection (2005)

Bill and Ted have barely a brain between them and speak in brilliantly realized Surferese: they're that guy you know who still snickers at the double entendres in Van Halen album titles.

John G. Nettles
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Sling Blade - Director's Cut (Miramax Collector's Series) (1996)

Sling Blade is a piece of true Southern Gothic in the vein of Flannery O'Connor, Harry Crews, and (yes, I'll say it) William Faulkner.

John G. Nettles
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Richard Pryor: Stand-Up (2005)

More than anything else, Richard Pryor was a confessional artist whose monologues derived from his own chaotic and frequently self-destructive life, Brother Richard testifying from the lip of the abyss.

John G. Nettles
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Reform School Girl (1994)

Reform School Girl is a tepid straight-to-cable remake of a tepid 1957 drive-in flick.

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The Greatest American Hero: Season One

Television producer/thriller novelist Stephen J. Cannell is like the Bob Dylan of TV.

John G. Nettles
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"A Salesman Is Got to Dream": Arthur Miller (1915-2005)

Arthur Miller stood against them all with the righteous outrage of the individual with both eyes open.

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