* The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, a comedy of desperation that feels desperate. So much so, you'll pity it more than laugh at it. With Jeremy Piven.
* Ponyo, Miyazaki's latest (and possibly last) movie is geared toward younger kids, and as a result, will leave the adults only partially satisfied. Pretty to look at, there is more good than bad, but not the masterpiece his fans have hoped for.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
* Equinox, the sci-fi low-budget is preserved as a historical curiosity due to its pioneering special effects, but your curiosity may vary.
THIS WEEK IN DVD REVIEWS...
* The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu, collecting 13 animated shorts by the manga/anime legend.
* Big Man Japan, a confused mockumentary about giant monsters and giant monster fighters in Japan. See it for the fights, fast forward through the rest.
* ER: The Complete Eleventh Season is the year ER maybe should have stopped. Good-bye, Dr. Carter.
* I Love You, Man, one of my favorite comedies of the year, now on DVD.
* Repulsion - Criterion Collection, a Roman Polanski mindf*ck starring Catherine Deneuve. (Also at Criterion Confessions.)
Current Soundtrack: Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest
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