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The Sarah Silverman Program, Okie Noodling, Basket Case 2

click to enlarge The Sarah Silverman Program: Season One (NR)  - Comedy Central DVD  - Can we all just agree that Sarah Silverman is the funniest woman on the planet? While other lame comediennes are busy talking about how men won't ask for directions, she's grabbing comedy by the balls, going places that even her male contemporaries shy away from. It was only a matter of time until she was given her own show, and  wouldn't you know it  it's one of the best on TV. She plays herself  a snotty, self-absorbed egotist who only looks out for herself  and places that self in absurd situations, like getting tested for AIDS, going on a cough-syrup binge and taking in a homeless man with a dangerous secret. The package includes six full episodes and are all hilariously brilliant and worth owning. Unless you're easily offended.  Louis Fowler
  • The Sarah Silverman Program: Season One (NR)

    Comedy Central DVD

    Can we all just agree that Sarah Silverman is the funniest woman on the planet? While other lame comediennes are busy talking about how men won't ask for directions, she's grabbing comedy by the balls, going places that even her male contemporaries shy away from. It was only a matter of time until she was given her own show, and wouldn't you know it it's one of the best on TV. She plays herself a snotty, self-absorbed egotist who only looks out for herself and places that self in absurd situations, like getting tested for AIDS, going on a cough-syrup binge and taking in a homeless man with a dangerous secret. The package includes six full episodes and are all hilariously brilliant and worth owning. Unless you're easily offended. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Okie Noodling (NR)  - Echo Bridge Entertainment  - I'm originally from Oklahoma myself, but I tend to forget my backwoods roots. Oklahoman documentarian Bradley Beesley, who has gained himself a name as the official filmmaker of The Flaming Lips, brings those memories back with the absolutely enthralling documentary Okie Noodling. Noodling, for the uninitiated, is the act of catching a catfish with your bare hands, and it has become quite the redneck underground movement. Never judgmental or condescending, Beesley gets into the muck of the action, profiling the "best" noodlers in the business and their 15 minutes of stardom at the first noodling competition ever. Unflinchingly rustic and breathtakingly honest, Okie Noodling is a stellar piece of art about a subculture that, no matter how much you consider yourself an angler, will put you to shame everytime.  Louis Fowler
  • Okie Noodling (NR)

    Echo Bridge Entertainment

    I'm originally from Oklahoma myself, but I tend to forget my backwoods roots. Oklahoman documentarian Bradley Beesley, who has gained himself a name as the official filmmaker of The Flaming Lips, brings those memories back with the absolutely enthralling documentary Okie Noodling. Noodling, for the uninitiated, is the act of catching a catfish with your bare hands, and it has become quite the redneck underground movement. Never judgmental or condescending, Beesley gets into the muck of the action, profiling the "best" noodlers in the business and their 15 minutes of stardom at the first noodling competition ever. Unflinchingly rustic and breathtakingly honest, Okie Noodling is a stellar piece of art about a subculture that, no matter how much you consider yourself an angler, will put you to shame everytime. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Basket Case 2 (R)  - Synapse Films  - Everyone's favorite removed conjoined twin, Belial, is back in this 1990 sequel to the early '80s cult horror fave Basket Case. Starting where the original left off, we find Siamese twins Duane and Belial, who happens to be a murderous amorphous blob of flesh, taken in by the kindly Auntie Ruth and her loving cadre of "freaks," all of whom are brutally unrealistic  from a guy with two-foot-long teeth to a dude with worms dangling from his face. Absurdist fright-master Frank Henenlotter directs, eschewing the typical horror trappings for a much more humorous take on the characters, crafting the blackest of comedies. Synapse's DVD, while lacking in features, does include a beautifully restored print and an entertainingly lo-fi, behind-the-scenes doc. It's an undeniable classic all the way around.  Louis Fowler
  • Basket Case 2 (R)

    Synapse Films

    Everyone's favorite removed conjoined twin, Belial, is back in this 1990 sequel to the early '80s cult horror fave Basket Case. Starting where the original left off, we find Siamese twins Duane and Belial, who happens to be a murderous amorphous blob of flesh, taken in by the kindly Auntie Ruth and her loving cadre of "freaks," all of whom are brutally unrealistic from a guy with two-foot-long teeth to a dude with worms dangling from his face. Absurdist fright-master Frank Henenlotter directs, eschewing the typical horror trappings for a much more humorous take on the characters, crafting the blackest of comedies. Synapse's DVD, while lacking in features, does include a beautifully restored print and an entertainingly lo-fi, behind-the-scenes doc. It's an undeniable classic all the way around. Louis Fowler

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