THIS WEEK IN THEATRES...
* Baghead, a conflicted indie comedy/drama/horror film that never quite gels.
* Get Smart, the updating of one of my favorite TV shows has a perfect cast in search of a perfect script.
* The Love Guru, a surprisingly likable but hardly defensible Mike Myers excursion written entirely from things he read on bathroom walls.
THIS WEEK IN DVD REVIEWS...
* Catherine Deneuve 5-Film Collection, with the gorgeous star striking out four out of five times. Disappointing.
* Drillbit Taylor: Extended Survival Edition, an Owen Wilson vehicle that gives the Judd Apatow crew their first real airball.
* ER: The Complete Ninth Season, keeping one of television's longest running shows ahead of the pack as they approach the first decade mark.
* High Noon: 2-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition presents a classic western that's a classic for a reason: it's awesome.
* Joy Division, an involving documentary about the influential Manchester band, directed by Grant Gee. Full of great music.
* Persepolis, the animated Marjane Satrapi adaptation gets an ultra-fine DVD release.
* Popeye the Sailor: 1938-1940, Vol. 2, the second collection of the hysterical Fleischer cartoons about the world's most famous brawling sailor.
* The Smiths - The Queen is Dead: Album Under Review, a detailed examination of the band's most popular album.
* The Sword in the Stone - 45th Anniversary Edition, a new release of the fun Disney Arthurian fantasy that doesn't appear to be that new at all.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
This week's reviews written specifically for the site are:
* The Red Balloon, the last of the three children's films recently released by Janus.
* Straw Dogs, Sam Peckinpah's hotly debated, arguably misunderstood rumination on the nature of male aggression.
Current Soundtrack: various from David Bowie, Michael Jackson, ABBA, Neil Diamond, the Pretender, James Brown, the Essex, the Beatles, Cat Power, Funboy Three & Bananarama, the Divine Comedy
Current Mood: stressed
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