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click to enlarge - Patton Oswalt: Werewolves and - Lollipops (NR)  -  -  - Sub Pop  -  - Patton Oswalt might be the funniest comedian working. - A literate statesman in the guise of a comic-book nerd, - his takes on the state of America, from pop culture to - politics, are eye-opening as well as astoundingly funny. - His latest release (a CD and DVD combo), filmed in - Athens, Ga., touches on topics ranging from the Bush - Administration-as-modern-day Dukes of Hazzard, to KFC's new Famous Bowl (corn, potatoes, chicken - and gravy sloshed together in a bowl), which he calls "a - failure pile in a sadness bowl." In between, some guy - pisses on another guy in the audience and Patton shoots - guns. And while the extras are nonexistent, this DVD - goes great with the Comedians of Comedy film, - as well as the new Zach Galifianakis DVD (reviewed last - week).  Louis Fowler
  • Patton Oswalt: Werewolves and Lollipops (NR)

    Sub Pop

    Patton Oswalt might be the funniest comedian working. A literate statesman in the guise of a comic-book nerd, his takes on the state of America, from pop culture to politics, are eye-opening as well as astoundingly funny. His latest release (a CD and DVD combo), filmed in Athens, Ga., touches on topics ranging from the Bush Administration-as-modern-day Dukes of Hazzard, to KFC's new Famous Bowl (corn, potatoes, chicken and gravy sloshed together in a bowl), which he calls "a failure pile in a sadness bowl." In between, some guy pisses on another guy in the audience and Patton shoots guns. And while the extras are nonexistent, this DVD goes great with the Comedians of Comedy film, as well as the new Zach Galifianakis DVD (reviewed last week). Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Elvis Costello & the Brodsky - Quartet: The Juliet Letters (NR)  -  -  - Rhino  -  - I was told once that Elvis Costello was a very angry - young man, writing songs filled with sharp, sarcastic and - often biting wit. Here, none of it is on display. As a - matter of fact, very little of anything considered - entertainment by Costello fans is here at all. It's a live - rendering of the 1993 classical music album he did with - the Brodsky Quartet, based on a series of letters  say, - for example, a suicide letter or a letter from a soldier - and put in a song-like context. The results are sad and - quite admittedly beautiful, but also extremely lackluster. - So many aging rockers turn to classical music  Paul - McCartney, much  when they feel their creative well - has run dry. Here's another example. This one's for - Costello complete-ists only.   Louis Fowler
  • Elvis Costello & the Brodsky Quartet: The Juliet Letters (NR)

    Rhino

    I was told once that Elvis Costello was a very angry young man, writing songs filled with sharp, sarcastic and often biting wit. Here, none of it is on display. As a matter of fact, very little of anything considered entertainment by Costello fans is here at all. It's a live rendering of the 1993 classical music album he did with the Brodsky Quartet, based on a series of letters say, for example, a suicide letter or a letter from a soldier and put in a song-like context. The results are sad and quite admittedly beautiful, but also extremely lackluster. So many aging rockers turn to classical music Paul McCartney, much when they feel their creative well has run dry. Here's another example. This one's for Costello complete-ists only. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Forest of the Dead (NR)  -  -  - Elite Entertainment  -  - In doing my damndest to find, support and defend ultra- - low-budget indie horror, I have uncovered some real - gems that are deserving of a wider audience. Forest - of the Dead isn't one of them. The movie itself isn't - bad; made on weekends with money out of director Brian - Singleton's pocket, it has great production values and - real talent behind the camera. It's just too bad that the - script is utter crap and falls prey to what causes most - indie horror to suck: sub-par, Kevin Smith-wannabe - characters reading one supposedly shocking curse word - after another while zombies attack. The actors are God- - awful and laughable in a pseudo-hip, frat boy-way that's - never funny, only irritating. Your fingers will barely stray - from the fast-forward button.  Louis Fowler
  • Forest of the Dead (NR)

    Elite Entertainment

    In doing my damndest to find, support and defend ultra- low-budget indie horror, I have uncovered some real gems that are deserving of a wider audience. Forest of the Dead isn't one of them. The movie itself isn't bad; made on weekends with money out of director Brian Singleton's pocket, it has great production values and real talent behind the camera. It's just too bad that the script is utter crap and falls prey to what causes most indie horror to suck: sub-par, Kevin Smith-wannabe characters reading one supposedly shocking curse word after another while zombies attack. The actors are God- awful and laughable in a pseudo-hip, frat boy-way that's never funny, only irritating. Your fingers will barely stray from the fast-forward button. Louis Fowler

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