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Ben Folds and WASO – Live in Perth (2005) 3/5

Ben Folds joins forces with the 90-member Western Australian Symphony Orchestra in this 80-minute DVD of concert performances in Perth, Australia, in March. Some songs make the transition; others don’t. It’s an interesting but not awe-inspiring performance. I found it enjoyable largely because about half […]

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Gaslight (1944) 2.5/5

This film is a good example of why I generally don’t watch classics. You know the plot and where this movie is going about 15 minutes in and not much after that comes as a surprise or keeps you in suspense. Don’t get me wrong. Ingrid Bergman, who won both the Oscar […]

BTR 30th Hammersmith Odeon DVD

There’s an adage among fans of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. It’s basically that, no matter how many times you’ve seen them, the best concert you’ve ever been to is the last one of theirs you saw. That thought came to mind as I was watching the DVD of their 1975 concert at […]

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I’m back on a foreign film binge. In case you’ve wondered, the years listed are when the film was released, not when the particular DVD came out.

Brothers (2004) 4.5/5

Just when you think this Danish film is all too predictable and you know just where it’s going, director Susanne Bier turns things upside down. […]

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The little recent media viewing has been dominated by the 22 episodes of the first entry.

American Gothic (2005) 4/5

This set contains all the episodes of this genre-bending and all too short-lived series that aired on CBS during the 1995-96 television season. Put simply, Sheriff Lucas Buck (played magnificently by Gary Cole) runs the […]

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A Very Long Engagement (2004) 4.5/5

A wonderful and beautifully filmed French movie that reunites the star (Audrey Tautou) and director (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) of Amélie (which I admit not having seen). A Very Long Engagement somehow manages to combine the horrors of World War I with a mystery and a story of love, hope and […]