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DVD Tuesday: History Is Made At Night

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When I think of my favorite movies of the last twenty years, the most curious inclusion is probably Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco. Now that it's been given the Criterion treatment (it's been out of print on DVD for years), I can't recommend it highly enough. If only Stillman would actually write and direct another film (Disco was his last and that was eleven years ago!). I enjoyed Adventureland so much at Sundance that I watched it again when it landed in theaters. Equally sad and sweet and funny, it was poorly marketed as a straight comedy and never really found an audience. I imagine that it will on DVD, though. Sunshine Cleaning was okay, but had that "deliberately quirky" vibe coursing through it. Duplicity was one of several failures earlier this year that probably marked the beginning of the end of the big-budget, adult-targeted film. Shame that.

The Last Days of Disco
Adventureland
Sunshine Cleaning
Duplicity
Rudo Y Cursi
The Informers
Goodbye Solo
Trouble the Water
Second Skin
Something Is Killing Tate

One's enjoyment of Californication will depend largely on whether you consider it's lead character Hank to be a pathetic sex addict and the show to be indicative of everything that's perverse and evil about Hollywood (e.g. he screwed his ex-wife's 16 year-old step-daughter) or...you think it's funny. I think it's damn funny. It's everything that the neutered Entourage is not: raw, ugly, mean and, yes, very fucking funny. Get ready for Season 3 by reviewing Season 2. Wiseguy was a show that would have been a hit had it come out a decade later. I rarely, rarely suggest this but, "How 'bout a re-make?" Warner Brothers blew it by not casting Tom Welling in Superman Returns. Continuity between Smallville and the feature film would have benefited both enterprises.

Californication : The Complete Second Season
House, M.D. - Season Five
Wiseguy: The Complete First Season
Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season
Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season
NCIS: The Complete Sixth Season
Lie to Me: Season One
The Untouchables - Season Three, Vol. 1
Devil May Cry: The Complete Series Box Set
Exploitation Cinema: Teenage Graffiti & Teenage Mother