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Thursday, November 17, 2005

New Movie & DVD Reviews from Combustible
It's a light week, mostly because everything will be competeing against the imossible colussus: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Which is just as well, because it's the best thing to see this week anyway. I'm not too surprised that the new Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line is getting the usual respectable reviews, despite its blandly formulaic treatment. The week's only other new movie (at least of the ones I saw), is meant for people who will not like the other two: Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic. I'm not sure it's the funniest movie I've ever seen, but I've been recalling lines for a week and laughing to myself in the strangest places.

I had a chance to catch up on a bunch of DVDs this week. The Criterion Collection's new Ugetsu is easily the big one, a long overdue classic from a greatly underrepresented filmmaker. Criterion also released a new version of Akira Kurosawa's Ran, though it was already available in a pretty good edition from Wellspring. I also looked at two concert DVDs from Music Video Distributors: The English Beat: In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall and The Human League: Live at the Dome, as well as Cronicas, Scrubs: The Complete Second Season, The Sting: Legacy Series Edition and Witness: Special Collector's Edition. I eventually tracked down a copy of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and enjoyed it a third time -- I don't care what anyone says. Finally, I looked at a new Spanish import DVD of John Huston's The Dead (1987). It's a truly great movie, but a truly abomibable DVD.

Finally, I had the opportunity to interview George Lopez for a new comedy festival. That's about it -- until Thanksgiving.
:: posted by Jeffrey M. Anderson, 11/17/2005 Comments (0)
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