NEW IN THEATRES...
* The Beaver, Jodie Foster directs Mel Gibson, who talks through a beaver puppet. Yes, it's pretty crazy.
* Bridesmaids, this Kristen Wiig-led comedy is a real winner. Funny and heartfelt. And next time someone asks if Bridesmaids is a chick version of The Hangover, ask them if that's a stupid person's version of a smart question.
* Everything Must Go, in which Will Ferrell drinks some sad beer, channels Raymond Carver, and is pretty good at doing it.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
* Something Wild, Melanie Griffith's star turn still intrigues and provokes more than twenty years later. Directed by Jonathan Demme.
Poster by Connor Willumsen
THIS WEEK IN DVD/BD REVIEWS...
* Araya, Margot Benacerraf's 1959 blending of fact and fiction on the salt marshes of Venezuela.
* Bananas!*, a documentary about the fight against Dole Fruit, accused of poisoning Nicaraguan workers in the 1970s.
* Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, an intriguing mash-up of classic indie cinema and classic movie musicals
* Hold On!, Herman's Hermits come to America, join the space race, play some music, pitch some woo.
* Shoeshine, a Neorealist classic from Vittorio De Sica, released 1946.
Current Soundtrack: Eve, "Nothing to Say" & Sincere, "90" (download both from the Timbaland site); Raphael Saadiq, Stone Rollin'
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