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

Apr 21, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

I’ve always been a firm believer that if he doesn’t have an amazing feature script, Michel Gondry should stick to making his brilliant short films and music videos. In my estimation, Gondry has made one great movie (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and several mixed to shitty ones (Human Nature, Science of Sleep, Be Kind Rewind). The brilliant Director’s Label series (which is reportedly kaput) put out a double-sided disc of Gondry excellence in 2003, but many of his videos were left out. Enter 2009 and witness the self-released second volume. More

Apr 21, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Criterion once again shines with this 3-disc release of French filmmaker Jean Painlevé’s scientific films, which largely feature underwater creatures such as the sea horse and the sea urchin. Not only is the set comprehensive, it’s also surprising, in that it also doubles as an essential release for Yo La Tengo fans. More

Apr 21, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Director Peter Bogdanovich is someone who showed a lot of promise in the ’70s only to have his talent/relevancy disappear in the ’80s (with the notable exception of Mask). He must have a lot of time on his hands now that he’s no longer guest-starring on The Sopranos, as he’s released director’s cuts of two of his films. One is a stone cold classic (The Last Picture Show) and the other (Nickelodeon) is maybe best left forgotten. More