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Topic: dvd reviews

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

How bitter Coco tastes.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
Last year’s debacle over “The Tonight Show” didn’t quite reach Shakespearean proportions, but you sure couldn’t tell it at the time. When Jay Leno left the hallowed television franchise for a stab at prime time, NBC gave the coveted late-night slot to Conan O’Brien, who had been patiently waiting in the late-late-night wings.
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway

The secret word is 'fun.'


Comedy

Rod Lott
I must admit to being just a little disappointed in Paul Reubens' triumphant return as Pee-wee Herman — and on the Great White Way, no less — because I felt as if I had seen it before. In a way, I have, because this hit stage show resurrects many of the same skits and bits from where many of us got our first taste of Pee-wee: his 1981 stage show, which aired on HBO.
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

The Hour

Tick-tock and you don't stop. Or do you?


Television series

Rod Lott
All signs pointed to me liking "The Hour":
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

How to Make It in America: The Complete First Season

Like 'Entourage,' minus all the douchiness.


Television series

Rod Lott
"How to Make It in America" is HBO's Rodney Dangerfield: It gets no respect. As critics creamed over the tediously paced "Boardwalk Empire," this eight-episode wonder seemed to escape mass-media's gaze. I can understand why: Who wants to see a show about two guys trying to launch a line of jeans?
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

The Trip

Eat flay laugh.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Like the food its stars sample, “The Trip” isn’t for everyone’s tastes. Those who appreciate a subtle brand of humor that’s all about the details — in other words, British — should try it.
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Vlog

Tag this one #guiltypleasure.


Horror

Rod Lott
My latest guilty pleasure is the super-short “Vlog.” At first, I was uncertain whether the 71-minute horror film was supposed to be funny on purpose, but I was certain that it’s supposed to gory, coming from several “Saw” producers. Even if you hate that franchise, give this stripped-down effort a shot. It may surprise you.
 
Friday, October 7, 2011

Good Neighbors

For rent: 1 bed, 1 bath, 1 serial killer. Pets OK.


Thriller

Rod Lott
While the box reads "Good Neighbors," the credits read "Good Neighbours." Regardless of spelling, the Canadian thriller from writer/director Jacob Tierney is intelligent, suspenseful and almost unpredictable.
 
Monday, October 10, 2011

Page One: Inside The New York Times

All the news that’s fit to shoot about all the news that’s fit to print.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Startling admission: As a career-long journalist in one form or another, it is difficult for me to be truly objective about the documentary “Page One: Inside The New York Times.”
 
Monday, October 10, 2011

The Last Circus

Send in the clowns.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Álex de la Iglesia, Spain's clown prince of cinema, making a movie about warring clowns? It's such a natural, I'm surprised he hadn't done it before now.
 
Monday, October 10, 2011

Mr. Nice

One wishes it were meaner and leaner.


Drama

Rod Lott
"Mr. Nice" is a little too true to its title. Had the film had more balls, it might have made a stronger impression. Based upon the real-life exploits of Howard Marks, writer/director Bernard Rose tracks the smart Welsh lad's sharp-angled trajectory from bullied sissy boy to major worldwide player in the drug-smuggling trade.
 
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
 
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