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Arts and Entertainment

DVD Tuesday: Monsters and Wizards!

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How is it that every Pixar film is an absolute gem, yet every other animated movie from every other large American studio is just okay? Oh right -- John Lasseter. I watched The Wizard of Oz plenty of times when I was a kid, and I admire it as an important film in the American film canon...but...would I ever watch it again? Probably not. Man, Jennifer Aniston just can't seem to pick good movies in which to star, huh? Management was a dud despite the presence of the great Steve Zahn (see him in Rescue Dawn and Safe Men). Away We Go has more of an Eggers feel to it than a Mendes stamp, huh? Does anyone not like John Krasinski?

FILM

Monsters vs. Aliens
The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition)
Management
Away We Go
The Girlfriend Experience
Shrink
Sam Kinison: Wild Child
In a Spiral State
Orgies and the Meaning of Life
Love Liza

Quality television has been so completed co-opted by paid and basic cable that absolutely ordinary shows like How I Met Your Mother and The Unit are actually critically acclaimed hits. It's a shame that Life on Mars was not given more time to grow as a show. But that's life these days. You're either a hit right away or your days are numbered. I've seen a lot of funny shit on the Internet, but have never so much as cracked a smile watching anything from The Guild. Has anyone? Naked and Violent is a great title, but Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf is even better. Who even cares what they're about?

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TELEVISION

How I Met Your Mother: Season Four
The Unit: Season Four
Life on Mars: The Complete Series
CSI NY: The Complete Fifth Season
The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2
The Patty Duke Show: Season One
Foyle's War: Series 1-5 - From Dunkirk to VE-Day
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: The Complete Series
Cagney & Lacey: The Menopause Years (Box Set)
Kings - Season One

EXPLOITATION

Flesh, TX
Lucifera: Demon Lover
Daughter of Darkness
Italian Sex
Naked and Violent
Dracula's Fiancee
Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie
Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf
The Black Pit of Dr. M
Terrifying Girls' High School