The Duplass Brothers have turned in some of the most impressive dark indie comedies of the past decade (The Skelton Twins, Safety Not Guaranteed), but it wasn’t a given that their thoughtful, subtle humor would translate to TV. Turns out it does. With Togetherness, the writer/director/producer/actor sibling team has turned in a remarkably fresh half-hour comedy for Generation X and beyond. Continue reading “Togetherness: The Complete First Season (DVD)”
Robert Rodriguez has made a career out of gory, DIY movie fun, taking B-Grade camera tricks and actors and creating hard-to-look-away stories. He’s managed to do the same thing on TV with the adaption of his From Dusk Till Dawn movie. In the second season, the morally-questionable bank robbing brothers Seth and Richie have split up, but are each still dealing with vampires south of the border.
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Sesame Street: Elmo’s Wonders, released earlier this month, is a collection of a variety of activities that will get your toddler or young child up and active with one of their favorite child’s creations, Elmo. The DVD has a number of different activities that will keep things fresh for those frazzled parents that have to watch the DVD on repeat for months. This means that there is Elmo Says, Red light green light, and Pat-a-Cake present on this release that will get everybody allured in by the red fuzzy Jim Henson creation to be up and moving rather than sitting and staying inactive.
Satire has rarely hit so close to the truth as it does with the TV series Unreal. Continue reading “Unreal – Season 1 (DVD)”
There are some groups that despite universal appeal still seem very much like they belong solely to England and the rest of the world is just borrowing them for a while. The Rolling Stones felt like they belonged to everyone; same with the Beatles. The Who, though they sold well across the globe, seemed very much like a UK-centric band. The same goes for groups like Blur, Suede and The Libertines. But perhaps the most British of the lot may be The Jam – a remarkably brilliant trio that took punk rock, new wave and classic pop in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s and forged it into their own unique sound that inspired a slew of groups around the world, but never managed to chart in the U.S., despite a catalogue of songs many would trade their careers to have written. Continue reading “The Jam – About the Young Idea (Eagle Vision)”
While it’s true that the second season of the Nic Pizzolatto-helmed crime noir True Detective never came close to living up to the expectations of the first season, it’s a tad unfair to compare the two.
The first season was groundbreaking TV and a pop culture moment (the pairing of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson was simply inspired), but the follow up was a pretty decent effort as well. Continue reading “True Detective: Season 2 (DVD)”
Three seasons in, this Liv Schreiber led Showtime drama continues to ratchet up the darkness and in doing so is hitting its stride.
Schreiber, playing the title character, is still the go-to- fix it man in Hollywood everything from breaking legs to getting rid of bodies, but with his mentor and boss dying, he finds himself conflicted forced to work with a rich football agent (played brilliantly by Katie Holmes) and her crooked father (Deadwood’s Ian McShane).
PBS Kids have given parents a tremendous amount of value with their latest Super Why release, “Cinderella and other fairy tale adventures” . This DVD collection includes four tales, Cinderella: The Prince’s Side of the Story”, “Snow White”, “The Prince and the Pauper” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”. Continue reading “Super Why: Cinderella and other fairytale adventures DVD Review”
Within the first 10 minutes of the indie comedy Slow Learners you know exactly how it will end. It’s a traditional romantic comedy, albeit on a much smaller budget, so it doesn’t take that much intuition to know the leads, both seemingly dorky and unlucky in love, will end up together. But even knowing how it ends, Slow Learners is still charming and funny from start to finish.
The German hard rock mainstays, Scorpions, may not the most commonly name-checked band by young metal groups looking to up their street cred when citing musical influences, but the band has been rattling teeth longer than many and has turned in some great albums over the years. In the documentary “Scorpions Forever and a Day,” filmmakers document the band’s three-year long farewell global tour, which kicked off in 2010.
As told through interviews and some really cool archival footage, the band traces its genesis back to Hanover, Germany in 1965 when guitarist Rudolf Schenker formed the band.
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