Notes on a Scandal (2006)

Aug 26, 2010 by Mr. Nau Barbara Covett is an aging high school teacher, played by Judi Dench, whose friendship with a much younger teacher, Sheba (Cate Blanchett), leaves her torn between Sheba and the teenage boy that Sheba is having an affair with. This wonderful Oscar-nominated picture is a painful, but superbly written, drama. […]

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Aug 25, 2010 by Mr. Nau John Cusack leads a hilarious cast in this buddy picture. Three thirty-somethings and a much younger nephew of one of them travel to their old party resort and find themselves transported back to 1986. Side-splitting antics take place and, while the humor is crude, the story is endearing. Grade: […]

The Inglorious Bastards (1978)

Aug 24, 2010 by Mr. Nau In this World War II comedy full of exciting action sequences and hilarious hijinks, four American soldiers are on their way to the stockade for various crimes when a German attack frees them. While trying to escape, they’re pressed reluctantly into service on a critical mission by a strange […]

Avatar (2009)

Aug 23, 2010 by Mr. Nau James Cameron wrote and directed this science-fiction action-adventure spectacular about a paraplegic Marine sent to infiltrate an alien civilization on a mineral-rich planet. The thoroughly engaging story is enhanced by the some of the most astonishing visual effects and engrossing world-building in the history of cinema. Grade: A+. IMDB: […]

Afterdark: Milan (2006)

Aug 22, 2010 by Mr. Nau In this compilation from Kinkysweet’s Afterdark city series, DJs Harley and Muscle each spin a deep house set to showcase Milan’s scene. The track selection here is wonderful here and, with a good ratio of vocal tunes and instrumental cuts, this sultry collection will please both househeads and newcomers […]

Âme – Coast 2 Coast (2007)

Aug 22, 2010 by Mr. Nau This collection of tech house tracks features two disks, one of them a continuously mixed DJ set with a few strange voiceovers and samples, and the other an unmixed DJ-friendly disk with the same tracks. The music here is spaced out and hypnotic, a solid group of bumping gems. […]

Eddie Amador – ICU Session, Volume 2 (1999)

Aug 21, 2010 by Mr. Nau In this DJ set from 1999, Eddie Amador puts together a relaxed mix of funky house music grooves, including a few vocal tracks. Some of the transitions here are a little abrupt and some of the remixes are dated, but this collection is a nice background for driving or […]

Donald Glaude – Mixed Live: Buzz @ Nation (2001)

Aug 21, 2010 by Mr. Nau Donald Glaude thumps uptempo house grooves through the speakers at a Washington, DC, night club in this fun set from Moonshine Music from 2001. The tracks here are mostly funky house music at 132 bpm with plenty of backspins and other mixer tricks thrown in to excite the cheering […]

Holy Smoke (1999)

Aug 16, 2010 by Mr. Nau Harvey Keitel and Kate Winslet star in this ridiculous drama about a cult deprogrammer who accepts a contract to break a young woman away from a spiritual guru. Aside from obviously gratuitous nudity with which Winslet’s Ruth tests her sexual power against PJ (Keitel), there’s no reason to rent […]

The Ballad of the Sad Café (1991)

Aug 16, 2010 by Mr. Nau In this screen adaptation of the Carson McCullers novella, Vanessa Redgrave plays Miss Amelia, a destitute shopkeeper in rural Georgia, whose hunchbacked cousin and ex-husband both suddenly appear in her life. This cacophonous picture is steeped in Southern music and culture, but mostly comes off as a goofy mess. […]

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