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dvd review: SONS OF ANARCHY: Season Two

September 6, 2010

The first season of the FX series Sons of Anarchy started out strong, building up momentum until it reached its high point two or three episodes from the season finale. The second season picks up where the first left off; in terms of both story and emotional energy that propels the story. And in much the same way the first season built to an unrelenting fever pitch of violence and brutal emotions, so too does the second season. (more…)

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dvd review: HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET – The Complete Series

November 4, 2009

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When the series Homicide: Life on the Street first debuted in January 1993, I was watching. I watched most of the original nine episodes that made up the abbreviated first season, but when the show went on hiatus for nine months, only to return for an even more abbreviated second season consisting of four episodes, I was through with the show. By that time, I was hooked on NYPD Blue, and as a consequence, I never really got into Homicide, and figured I probably never would. Then along came the HBO series The Wire—arguably the best series in television history—and suddenly I was interested in Homicide. (more…)

interview: KEVIN SMITH

October 26, 2008

Fourteen years ago, New Jersey filmmaker Kevin Smith helped to change the world of independent cinema with his debut feature, Clerks. A caustic, no-frills, micro-budget portrait of a day in the life of convenience store workers, Clerks was a critically acclaimed hit, praised for its foul-mouthed, pop culture driven dialog and its raw, working-class aesthetic. At a time when arthouse indie films were mostly regarded as highbrow intellectualism, Smith came along with a lowbrow, everyman approach to storytelling, and became a hero to a legion of fans. (more…)

dvd review: THE SHIELD – THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON

August 25, 2008

WARNING: This review contains spoilers that related to all six seasons of The Shield.
Fans of the FX series The Shield know a little bit about frustration. Both Season 5 and 6 were shorter than previous seasons, with eleven and ten episodes, respectively, and the wait between seasons has been unbearably long. The final season (Number 7) starts on FX next month, with the emotionally volatile Season 6 arriving on DVD this week. (more…)

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; Roots 30th Anniversary Edition

May 28, 2007

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Dee Brown’s emotionally charged historical document Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is the sort of book that looks great on any shelf—bringing with it a sense of enlightenment and knowledge many people are sadly lacking. And that’s if you don’t even bother to read the book. But if you do read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, you will be exposed to such a profound glimpse at the history of this country, one so vastly differing than what is taught in schools, that you will never see things the same way again. Sadly, the same can’t really be said about the made-for-HBO film that serves as a very loose adaptation of Brown’s book. (more…)