Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Trying to figure out what in blazes is going on with the economy?
Alex Gibney (the man behind Taxi to the Dark Side, Gonzo: The Life & Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, and Enron: The Smartest Men in the Room) provides another glimpse into the recent financial criminal shenanigans with his latest well-crafted documentary, Casino Jack and the United States of America. Following the exploits of Jack Abramoff, Gibney's doc complements other recent offerings trying to make sense of our current crises. Some other films worth checking out include Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story; Danny Schechter's In Debt We Trust & Plunder: The Crime of Our Time; I.O.U.S.A.; Maxed Out; The Big Buy: Tom Delay's Stolen Congress; The Corporation; and America Betrayed.

Also new to our shelves this week:

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
(Directed by Werner Herzog, produced by David Lynch, and starring Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloe Sevigny, Michael Pena, Grace Zabriskie, Udo Kier, & Brad Dourif... cloud-shrouded mountains, mannered dialogue, tableux vivant, absurdist melodrama, deadpan black comedy... how can you not be interested?)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Letters to Juliet

Just Wright

Raging Phoenix

As It Is In Heaven

Who Is Clark Rockefeller?

Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith

America: The Story of Us

Blood Into Wine

Boogie Woogie

New Series:
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - 5th Season

Grey's Anatomy - 6th Season

The Good Wife - 1st Season

Fringe - 2nd Season

Glee - 1.2nd Season

The Big Bang Theory - 3rd Season

New Stand-Up:
Bill Maher: ...But I'm Not Wrong
("Remember when America was just morally bankrupt?")

Janeane Garofalo: If You Will
("I'm often mistaken for a Jewish lesbian, and I always say: You're giving me way too much credit.")

Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff
("You know, when you're a fat guy you don't need a reason to sweat.")

Broken Lizard Stands Up

Charles Bukowski: The Last Straw

Charles Bukowski: There's Gonna Be a God Damn Riot In Here

Two filmed readings by Bukowski (including his last public performance) that have just been made available for the first time.

That's all for this week...
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