Under the Radar
Here are some things that I have been enjoying lately that don't get a lot of press- basically, low profile gems:
Odd, absurdist series from England that works simultaneously as both goofy sketch comedy and devastating social critique of crumbling British Empire. Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the two stars, have created a dizzying array of familiar yet bizarre characters that both amuse and repulse in equal measure. Highly recommended, shows on BBC America Tuesdays @ 11:40 pm.
Reefer Madness - Eric Schlosser
From the author of "Fast Food Nation", this scathing investigation of pot, porn and immigrant workers shows the futility of America's drug wars, the random nature of the justice system, and the growing problem of prosecutorial power to devastating effect. Stunning.
The World Is Not A Cold Dead Place- Explosions in the Sky
Best known for the Friday Night Lights soundtrack, this Midland, Texas based instrumental post- rock group creates shimmering, emotionally charged music that recalls the best of Floyd and Radiohead, but without words. Put on the headphones and float away.
This better than average thriller is powered by two solid performances: Cillian Murphy( so weird as The Scarecrow in Batman Begins) and Julia-Roberts-in-waiting Rachel McAdams, who demonstrates her effortless ability to do almost anything, and do it well.
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