Weeds: Season 3, Disc 1 - The show continues to surprise by constantly turning out wild twists within what should be a tired premise by now, but there are enough characters that the story never gets so deep that you really notice why this is only a half hour. Admittedly, I'd watch it even with the sound off if Mary-Louise Parker was the only one on it.
Appleseed: ExMachina, 2007 - Much better than the first one on every level. Even though the premise behind the conflict in this one was weak (I don't like being smarter than the characters; it's too much like real life), Hollywood could learn a thing or two from the amount of story and action they squeezed into this dvd.
The Breakfast Club, 1985 - This movie is magic.
The Babysitter, 1995 - This movie is crap. Well, it has high aspirations but fails miserably at reaching for them. Honestly, as I was watched it, I was re-writing the script as a version of Persona. My take on it much better. (Note: Alicia Silverstone actually gets naked in my cut and the the protagonist and his foil are really one guy with multiple personalities.)
The Office: Season 4, Discs1-4 - Ah, the rare series that is timeless. Unlike with the characters on the show, quality control is everything here. I can't believe it's still this consistently good four seasons in.
Atonement, 2007 - You know those long moments of silence where we stare into the characters' faces in "deep" films? That's what's going on when the story is supposed to be happening. Edit that shit down and add some substance to the script! The ending adds a little something more than you start out with, but frankly, other than a note-worthy four and a half minute long, single-camera extended take, it wasn't that good.
X-Files: I Want to Believe, 2007 - The characterization has improved considerably, but the story this go round is nothing more than what you might find in any stand-alone episode (and a bad one at that), no connection to any of the over-arching mythology we're all looking for answers to. A franchise-killer for sure.
PICKS OF THE LITTER: You must be watching The Office by now, so I'm not going to say it again. Seriously, Appleseed: ExMachina looks and plays better than most live-action I've seen. There's still some work to do at making the stories as commensurately sophisticated as the visuals, but the action is more compelling than almost anything produced on this side of the Pacific. And I know you haven't watched The Breakfast Club since you were in college, and that's why you should again. You're a different person now, so when you look back to yourself in high school, do you see a a brain... an athlete... a basket case... a princess... a criminal?
Blade Runner: Final Cut, 1982/2007 - Ridley Scott's second "director's cut," which honestly isn't much different than the previous one. Even though it falls short on story, there's never been a more beautiful vision of an ugly future to look at (or listen to; thanks, Vangelis). There's so goddamned much to see here, you could watch it in slow motion and not get bored, no matter which of the many versions you happen to rent.
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner, 2007 - A making-of extra included with this latest release. It's only 3 hours long, and yet you just know there's a wealth of material they didn't have the room to get to. While it isn't as compelling as something like Hearts of Darkness, this easily ranks among the best behind-the-scenes documentaries ever produced.
Weeds: Season 3, Disc 2 - Since the passing of the Gilmore Girls, Mary-Louise Parker is my new favorite tv MILF. Great series for what it is, not incidentally.
Monk: Season 6 - More of the same, and that's always a great thing for those who love throwback tv like this. Noteworthy is fact that the season ends with a two-parter, a first for this series.
30 Rock: Season 2 - Along with The Office, this is probably the funniest show on tv at the moment.
X-Files: I Want to Believe, 2007 - The characterization has improved considerably, but the story this go round is nothing more than what you might find in any stand-alone episode (and a bad one at that), no connection to any of over-arching mythology we're all looking for answers to. A franchise-killer for sure.
PICKS OF THE LITTER: If you've only seen Blade Runner a hundred times, you probably need to go back and watch it all remastered and pretty like dvds are for. I remember some years ago telling my ex how beautiful it was, then renting it on vhs to only to find a grainy analog image. This is the picture I always wanted to see and want you to see now. And don't skip the Dangerous Days documentary. If you like movies, this is a guidebook on how to make the best of its kind.
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