Thursday, December 01, 2005

December Reviews

Reviews for December

Here's a list of the reviews I worked on this month. More than usual, although most exclusively for Amazon.

Amazon: The Hives - Tussles in Brussels (concert film plus
short documentary, videos, and TV appearances), Rock Star - INXS: The DVD (musical performances from the reality TV series), Black Girl / Borom Sarret (feature plus short from Senegal's Ousmane Sembene; I also reviewed Mandabi and Xala), Sandra Bernhard - Without You I'm Nothing, The Cutting Edge - Going for the Gold (remake of the Moira Kelly/D.B. Sweeney ice skating opus), Their Eyes Were Watching God (Oprah-produced TV adaptation of the Zora Neale Hurston novel with Halle Berry), Franz Ferdinand - Live [two-disc set] (two gigs plus behind-the-scenes look and other extras), The Amazing Race - The Seventh Season [four-disc set] (I also reviewed the first season), Criss Angel - Mindfreak: The Complete Season One [two-disc set], Save the Tiger (Jack Lemmon in his Oscar-winning role; necessary viewing for fans of Glengarry Glen Ross), American Pie Presents: Band Camp (youch!), Empire of the Wolves (with a blond JeanReno; from the author of The Crimson Rivers), Saraband (Bergman's fine sequel to Scenes from a Marriage), The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder - Punk & New Wave (yay!), Hunter - The Complete Third Season [three-disc set], Nighty Night - The Complete Season One (pitch-black Britcom; makes The Office look like Touched by an Angel), and The World (old China meets new to tragic effect in Jia Zhangke's latest; first saw it at the 2004 LIFF).

Endnote: Black Girl / Borom Sarret cover image from
Amazon. Oh, and I'm in love with Howlin' Pelle Almqvist.

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