DVD Of The Week - TV
The dude-centric HBO comedy hit its stride last year, heating up as Vince swooned for his ex (Mandy Moore) and danced toward earning the lead role in James Cameron's Aquaman. The satire of Hollywood's young and rich was sharp, with the guys buying mansions and Maseratis they couldn't really afford. From Ari's ill-fated power play to the squad's stay at Sundance, a strong season. Extras include producer Mark Wahlberg's candid chats with the cast, and a glimpse at the real "Johnny Drama."
Fans of the first vampires vs. werewolves saga will find nothing to complain about here. The mythology gets murkier, the beasts are more macho than an ESPN panel, and Kate Beckinsale is still the cutest corpse to ever wear latex. Among the extras are docs on the visual effects and production design. But spider-webs are not included.
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Like Lenny Bruce before her, cutie-pie comic Silverman specializes in blurting out the unsayable. Sample: "The best time to conceive, of course, is when you're a black teenager." This brash smorgasbord of stand-up, songs and sketches made her one of the hippest comics around. Even Hitler would crack a smile.
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This scorned Paul Walker barnstormer is a cult movie waiting to happen. He's a small-time hood trying to recover a lost pistol before warring mobsters do, and encountering a variety of gangland grotesques on the way. Features gratuitous oral sex and hockey violence. With director's commentary and making-of doc.
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J.T. Leroy was unmasked as an L.A. punk rock chick earlier this year. Fortunately, no one told Asia Argento (xXx), who brings the fake 2001 roman a clef about a truck stop hustler and a mother from hell to the screen with all the stops pulled out. Look out for Marilyn Manson as a creep. Extras include a book of Mick Rock photos.
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With its subtitled Spanish dialogue and flashback structure, Tommy Lee Jones' modern-day Western demands attention. Jones is a rancher escorting the body of his illegal immigrant pal back to Mexico, with the killer (Barry Pepper) in tow. Extras include cast commentary and a "master class" with Jones.
Han Solo, what happened? Harrison Ford huffs and he puffs and he thwarts slimy Paul Bettany's plans to hold his family for ransom until $100 million is transferred into his bank account. In the words of Lethal Weapon's Danny Glover, he's getting too old for this sh*t. Extras include an interview with Ford.
Probably the greatest movie ever made about the last day of school in 1970s Austin, depicting a proto-slacker culture that stretches from stoners to greasers. All the cliquish social antics still resonate today. The cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich and Parker Posey. The soundtrack includes Foghat, Black Oak Arkansas and Skynyrd. Among the Criterion extras: a 50-minute making of doc, a book that includes an essay by Chuck "Fargo Rock City" Klosterman, and a Frank Kozik-designed poster.
This iconic 1969 romp takes the notion of the outlaw as counter-cultural rebel and plops it into the Old West, but half the fun is just seeing Newman and Redford make eyes at each other. Extras include commentary by director, screenwriter and the guy who wrote "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head"; three documentaries on the movie and its historical background; and new interviews with Newman and Redford.
Iconic in the extreme, director John Ford's work with Wayne still influences how we think about the West. The Searchers inspired movies like Taxi Driver; some say it's the best movie ever made. This 10-film set includes that and masterpieces like 1939's Stagecoach which single-handedly wrote the Western playbook. Also check out the underrated The Long Voyage Home, a Eugene O'Neill adaptation whose deep focus look influenced Citizen Kane.
Thanks to Fall-Out Boy and Panic! At the Disco, emo is the now sound of teen angst. This doc shows how an underground phenomenon has crawled out of suburban basements and into geeks' hearts. Includes an extra disc of interviews and performances from the likes of Thursday and Taking Back Sunday.
Thor is a former body builder and nude waiter who has been plying his brand of over-the-top "warrior metal" since the 1970s. This 1987 vehicle for his talents finds his band of Conan-alikes trying to record in a haunted house. The side-splitting result is like Plan 9 from Outer Space if it starred Dio.
The "Epic" band had a good grip on the metal side of progadelica, and they loved to mess with stereotypes. This double-disc collection of videos and concert footage is both hokey and hip. The 1990 London gig is a testament to both the group's musical chops and oft-submerged punk virulence.
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He's a strong songwriter and sad-ass singer -- you just gotta accept it. But that craggy growl is in decent shape on this nifty 1981 date recorded for Austin City Limits. The silver-tongued devil drawls through "Me and Bobby McGee," "Loving Her Was Easier," and "Sunday Morning Coming Down," three forever-resonant observations of life and romance, regardless of whether or not he hits the proper notes.