Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Today's New DVDs- 9/8/09

There's not much in the way of new movies out on disc today, but plenty of good TV. A few thoughts on the slate:

Homicide (Criterion Collection): I haven't seen David Mamet's third picture as a writer/director in years, but it's been MIA on DVD for too long. DVD Talk's Jamie S. Rich gives Criterion's disc high marks.

The Office- Season Five: God, but I love this show. It's only getting better with each passing season--funnier, smarter, more comfortable, with a recognizable shorthand. And for what it's worth, I like the fact that Pam and Jim are kind of boring; I'll take their easygoing domesticity over bullshit drama and convoluted break-ups any day of the week. (Randy Miller III likes it too!)

Parks and Recreation- Season One: Expectations were high for NBC's new comedy from the Office team, and while it has taken it some time to find its footing, I like where it's going. And let's not forget how wobbly the first few episodes of The Office were.

Important Things with Demetri Martin- Season One: Martin is one of our most intriguing (and consistantly funny) stand-ups; his Chappelle's Show-style Comedy Central series is occasionally uneven, but when it hits (like in the Shakespeare, Ben Franklin, and Galileo at TGIFriday's sketch), it hits big. (Rich's review of this one is also quite good-- dude seems to have gotten all the good discs this week).


  1. Dude, thanks for the link. And I totally agree about Pam and Jim.

  2. Jamie, I really liked the "Sesame Street/Electic Company" analogy in the "Important Things" review. I actually got to see Martin testing out rough cuts of some of the sketches and working out some of the stand-up material for the series at a small show at the UCB Theater, which was semi-awesome.

  3. Thanks. It's funny, I almost forgot that comparison when I was writing it, even though it was one of the first things I thought of.

    They mention on the DVD commentaries that they were often writing backstage at the last minute, so I imagine the tapings of the shows were far more loose than what we see in the final product. Some of the deleted scenes are on stage, including at least one of Demetri killing time waiting for some technical thing to be fixed.