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Bird On a Wire DVD

Studio: MVD Visual

Aug 17, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

A concert film begins with the plug being pulled on the show due to the singer's encouragement for the crowd to move closer. This might sound like standard rock-flick stuff until you consider that the singer was Leonard Cohen in 1972. More

The Runaways

Studio: Sony

Jul 19, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

No matter how you feel about some of the more controversial aspects of the filmLita Ford's distancing herself from it, the demonizing of svengali Kim FowleyThe Runaways is a riveting portrayal of Joan Jett and Cherrie Currie's coming of age in rock and roll. More

Jul 10, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

In Ouran High School Host Club, Haruhi Fujioka is an awkward female scholarship student who stumbles on the flamboyant rich-boys-only Host Club when looking for a quiet place to read. When she promptly shatters an expensive vase belonging to the club, she must pay for it with her body-no, pervert, not like that; she is made to dress like a boy and must learn to be a "host"-which consists of running a business that entertains the girls of the high school. More

The Wolfman Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Universal

Jul 02, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

Benicio del Toro is Lawrence Talbot, an English thespian of some aristocratic lineage, and The Wolfman of the film's title. Lawrence returns to his father's home after his brother Ben goes missing.  More

Shutter Island Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Paramount

Jun 28, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

A lot of the backlash against Shutter Island isn't so much targeted at the direction, the performances, the cinematography or even the source material, it just had the bad luck of being Martin Scorsese's first narrative feature after winning the Oscar for directing The Departed (even though he should have won for Goodfellas). More

Mary and Max Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: IFC Films

Jun 24, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

Mary and Max was the opening night film of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, the first animated movie to ever hold that position. Despite this, Adam Elliot's "clayography" never reached the wider audience it so deserved. Emotionally appealing animated movies, such as Pixar's Up, Wes Anderson's hilarious Fantastic Mr. Fox, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey's The Secret of Kelis, and Henry Selick's Coraline, may have roped hype during Oscar season, but this simply engaging film deserved to be on the same pedestal. More

Tell Them Anything You Want DVD

Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Jun 21, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

"You are making the documentary of a brain dead person" author Maurice Sendak warns, deadpan in the opening scene of Tell Them Anything You Want. A telling title, Sendak seems willing to explore his foibles in full, and what appears to be headed into fluffy fan-art territory swerves into a deeply personal and moving account of an artist who, despite waves of critical support, still feels like he never managed to truly express himself. More

Gunslinger Girl Blu-ray

Studio: Funimation

Jun 20, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

The idea of a government-supported group called The Social Welfare Agency that creates and trains enhanced bio-cyborg little girl assassins may seem comical, but the moment protagonist Henrietta drops to one knee and fires round after round from her personal bullpup design FN P90 into encroaching baddies, pure awesomeness ensues. More

Avatar Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox

Jun 04, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

Every complaint about Avatar is dead-on: the dialogue is awful, the story is not much more than a gussied up FernGully, the acting is wooden, the opening minutes are close to unwatchable, and the mere mention of the term "Unobtainium" should elicit anything from giggles to scornful rage. More