Valkyrie Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: United Artists

Jun 23, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

After ruining the return of Superman in Superman Returns, Bryan Singer attempts to do the same with Tom Cruise’s career with Valkyrie. The (kinda) based-on-a-true-story tale focuses on German Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (played by Cruise sans German accent, thankfully), who masterminds a plot to kill Adolf Hitler with the aid of fellow officers played by a rogues’ gallery of cool character actors such as Terence Stamp, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, and Eddy Izzard. Too bad they’re sandwiched inside this inert and dramatically flat movie. More

Jun 10, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Stacey Peralta has reinvented himself a few times, going from child skateboarder to team surfer to successful documentary filmmaker. His first two films, Dogtown and Z-Boys and Riding Giants, took his love of skating and surfing to the big screen with largely successful results. It saddens me to report that his third and latest documentary, seemingly about the Crips and Bloods gangs in Los Angeles, is his weakest effort to date. More

May 19, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Enigmatic and controversial modern-day composer Philip Glass is, unsurprisingly, a complicated, intelligent, and talented man, as shown in the documentary glass: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts by director Scott Hicks (Shine, No Reservations). More

The Venture Bros.: Season Three: Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Warner Bros./Adult Swim

May 08, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

For the uninitiated, The Venture Bros. is an animated series that runs on Adult Swim. It concerns itself with the adventures of two (very) sheltered brothers named Hank and Dean, their father, Dr. Rusty Venture (ex-boy adventurer turned super scientist), and their Race Bannon-esque bodyguard, Brock Sampson. Despite the foibles and faults, these are the good guys, and every good guy must have an archenemy. Enter The Monarch, a man dressed as a butterfly who is more bent on killing Dr. Venture than on anything more nefarious (like, say, world domination). And as we join season three, The Guild of Calamitous Intent have deemed it necessary to assign a new nemesis to the good Dr. Venture: Sergeant Hatred, who gives new focus to the Monarch’s obsessions and more headache for his wife, Doctor Girlfriend (or is it Doctor Mrs. The Monarch?). More

Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Season 2

Studio: Warner Bros./Adult Swim

May 08, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, creators of Tom Goes to the Mayor, have eclipsed that unique and ambitious show with one of the most batshit crazy shows ever, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! The second season is now out on DVD; season four just finished airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. More

May 04, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

If you’ve ever looked at film criticism and wished that it included more Slovenian psychoanalysis, then have I got the DVD for you! The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema is a three-part series that looks at themes of the unconscious mind, sexual perversity, and anxiety through a cinematic kaleidoscope. The 2½-hour program relies heavily on the works of Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch but makes detours through The Wizard of Oz, The Matrix, Stalker, The Red Shoes, and Alien: Resurrection. More

May 01, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

I never thought that watching someone play electric guitar could be this scary! Born in England and raised in Long Island, Katherine Thomas is known in guitar circles as The Great Kat. More

May 01, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

One of the more notable releases of 2008 was Darren Aronofsky’s fourth and most grounded film, The Wrestler. The marriage of character and actor has rarely been better suited than in Mickey Rourke, who here plays a formerly great wrestler whose fallen on hard times. More

Apr 28, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

One month after Woodstock and after more than ten years of not being on the music charts, Little Richard took the stage at Varsity Stadium in Toronto determined to light the crowd on fire. Dressed in a mirrored shirt, a 30-pound gold chain, silver bell bottoms, and sporting a ridiculously tall pompadour wig, he opens his set with “Blueberry Hill” and “Lucille,” relatively tame in comparison of what was to come. More