Bernie--based on the real-life story of a well-liked mortician who killed his nasty lady friend but pretended she was still alive--is out on DVD. At the release party at Merc Bar last night, star Jack Black told me what it was like to meet the real Bernie Tiede as the movie was being prepared. "I' ... More >>
Forgotten footage of the Muppets is found
A "formula movie" is a standard-issue flick that unabashedly retreads a familiar plotline. It generally has a setup, a dramatic turning point, a revelation, a climax, and an ending, and as the train chugs along, you can pretty much see the wheels turning. The Green -- co-starring this week's colu ... More >>
The HarvestDesperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is promoting a documentary that exposes the ugly truth about child labor in this country's agriculture system. If you missed The Harvest's short run this summer, the film is now out on DVD. Some 25 percent of the food we eat is harvested by c ... More >>
During the first episode of HBO's Treme, members of the Rebirth Brass Band and the show's trombone-playing character Antoine Batiste end a jazz parade in front of a neighborhood bar owned by Batiste's ex-wife, LaDonna Batiste-Williams. The uncomfortable nature of their reunion is underscored ... More >>
Butch Cordora is a Philadelphia-based TV personality who famously did a calendar called Straight & Butch, in which he lay naked with 12 hetero guys (but not all at once), often simulating famous images from pop culture. Well, here's a famous Janet Jackson photo you'll recognize, adjacent t ... More >>
His remastered Darkness on the Edge of Town doesn't exactly show a light touch
Choose Basil Rathbone over Robert Downey
Beyonce has a new DVD out. Would you trust anyone other than the indispensable Rich Juzwiak to distill it to its essence? No? Good. "Everything about the next two seconds" is probably our favorite.
Sure, forcing food down ducks' gullets sounds harsh, but Sarah DiGregorio held her nose and went to a New York foie gras farm -- and reports that it wasn't so bad. "I don't think it's OK to cut the fin off a shark and throw it back into the water," she says. "If I had seen with my own eyes that Huds ... More >>
If it strikes you as churlish or belated to complain about Sex and the City: The Movie, now out on DVD, consider that the much-needed backlash for another odious summer hit, The Dark Knight, has only recently begun. Sex and the City: The Movie is episodic television brought wholesale to the big scre ... More >>
Two years ago, when Daniel Craig assumed the 007 mantle (and in the process made the weather-beaten face a sex symbol again) his fired predecessor, Pierce Brosnan, was at last liberated from a role that never suited him. No one was crazy about Brosnan's tenure as Bond, least of all Brosnan's fans, w ... More >>
From Coney Island to Rye Playland
"What are YOU doing on the PATH train?" asked a bemused commuter last Saturday, his jaw dropping to the spit-out gum on the floor. Well, believe it or not, I do venture out of Manhattan every few years—especially when there's a screening of All About Eve in the glorious Loews Jersey City Theater, ... More >>
Don't expect clarification on the DVD
From Cat People to Starman: The B-horrors of John Carpenter and Val Lewton
Bad Santa, as it was intended
Two monster DVD sets for the holidays
The good news for Zodiac fanatics is that the DVD version offers new angles on futility and frustration. The bad news is why.
Come on people, how much more do you need out of Princess Raccoon? Also on DVD, Fritz Lang's clockwork noir The Woman in the Window.
Idiosyncratic sci-fi films Sans Soleil and La Jetée hit DVD. Plus, good directors gone bad and bad directors gone worse.
. . . with beauty queens, drama queens, and just plain queens. Plus dirt so dirty it'll make you go go blind
Plus: Spidey number three, and four from Criterion
Japan's grimy, dark underbelly, through the clear eyes of its great rebel auteur
Nicolas Cage sells his soul for another Hollywood hit
Bob and David Tell You What to Think
The 51 (or So) Greatest Avant-Garde Moments
Choosing your own adventure on the little screen