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click to enlarge - Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st - Amendment Standup  Season 1 (NR)  -  -  - Starz Home Entertainment  -  - Since the demise of Def Comedy Jam, America - has been growing restless over the lack of humorous - comparisons between black people and white people, - how women shop and about that one little kid at the - family reunion who everyone thinks is gay. Yes, it's the - return of urban comedy, folks, courtesy of Martin - Lawrence. Too bad very little of it is actually funny. With - two discs and over six hours of performance, I was only - able to get through the first episode, featuring Griff and - the enormously obese white-boy Ralphie May (who - instead of making me laugh through jokes, made me - wince and think about losing weight immediately). Not - very funny at all. No real special features, but they're not - really needed. There's much better comedy out there. -   Louis Fowler
  • Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment Standup Season 1 (NR)

    Starz Home Entertainment

    Since the demise of Def Comedy Jam, America has been growing restless over the lack of humorous comparisons between black people and white people, how women shop and about that one little kid at the family reunion who everyone thinks is gay. Yes, it's the return of urban comedy, folks, courtesy of Martin Lawrence. Too bad very little of it is actually funny. With two discs and over six hours of performance, I was only able to get through the first episode, featuring Griff and the enormously obese white-boy Ralphie May (who instead of making me laugh through jokes, made me wince and think about losing weight immediately). Not very funny at all. No real special features, but they're not really needed. There's much better comedy out there. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Escape from Suburbia: Beyond the - American Dream (NR)  -  -  - Escape from Suburbia  -  - "L.A. needs more farmland," reads a banner strung on - the fence of a 14-acre community garden that feeds 350 - families in a South Central neigborhood. The site - becomes a battleground, symbolic of the need to make - our cities fertile before the aftermath of peak oil takes - hold. And so documents filmmaker Gregory Green and a - host of authors and activists. This second installment of - Green's environmental trilogy tracks a few fleeing - greenies to Utopian bliss, while unpacking the realities of - a dwindling worldwide oil supply. The outlook is grim, - there are no easy solutions, but the message   la Al - Gore  is that it's not too late to explore alternative - energies and create change. That is, once you overcome - the depression from watching this poignant film. -  Matthew Schniper
  • Escape from Suburbia: Beyond the American Dream (NR)

    Escape from Suburbia

    "L.A. needs more farmland," reads a banner strung on the fence of a 14-acre community garden that feeds 350 families in a South Central neigborhood. The site becomes a battleground, symbolic of the need to make our cities fertile before the aftermath of peak oil takes hold. And so documents filmmaker Gregory Green and a host of authors and activists. This second installment of Green's environmental trilogy tracks a few fleeing greenies to Utopian bliss, while unpacking the realities of a dwindling worldwide oil supply. The outlook is grim, there are no easy solutions, but the message la Al Gore is that it's not too late to explore alternative energies and create change. That is, once you overcome the depression from watching this poignant film. Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge U.F.O.s at the Zoo: The Legendary - Concert in Oklahoma City (NR)  -  -  - Warner Bros.  -  - To see a Flaming Lips show live is, to borrow a phrase - that makes me cringe, a religious experience. It's a total - multi-sensory bombardment that transports the - attendee to another planet. In this, their first live DVD, - the Lips head to Oklahoma City for a giant homecoming - concert at the city zoo  with a giant UFO in tow. This - gorgeous bombast of a show features such favorite - songs as "Race for the Prize," "Yoshimi Battles the Pink - Robots" and "The Spark that Bled," all while mingling in - behind-the-scenes vignettes. While the DVD itself - doesn't feature any extras, insert the disc in your - computer for mp3s, ringtones and a make-your-own - mix program. U.F.O.s perfectly captures - everything that makes the Lips so special and so - important in today's bland music world.  Louis - Fowler
  • U.F.O.s at the Zoo: The Legendary Concert in Oklahoma City (NR)

    Warner Bros.

    To see a Flaming Lips show live is, to borrow a phrase that makes me cringe, a religious experience. It's a total multi-sensory bombardment that transports the attendee to another planet. In this, their first live DVD, the Lips head to Oklahoma City for a giant homecoming concert at the city zoo with a giant UFO in tow. This gorgeous bombast of a show features such favorite songs as "Race for the Prize," "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" and "The Spark that Bled," all while mingling in behind-the-scenes vignettes. While the DVD itself doesn't feature any extras, insert the disc in your computer for mp3s, ringtones and a make-your-own mix program. U.F.O.s perfectly captures everything that makes the Lips so special and so important in today's bland music world. Louis Fowler

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