The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is an adaptation of Michael Chabon's 1988 novel. Set in the early '80s, it's the coming-of-age story of recent college grad Art Bechstein (Jon Foster), who is being pressured by his father (Nick Nolte), a big-time hood, into a life in the legitimate business world.
Art spends his summer in boredom, studying and working in a bookstore while carrying on a very noisy but unenthusiastic affair with his boss (Mena Suvari). A chance meeting with beguiling Jane (Sienna Miller) and her volatile, bisexual boyfriend, Cleveland (Peter Sarsgaard), changes that. Cleveland is a small-time hood with a romantic doomed side, while Jane is a rich girl slumming it.
Eventually, as summer flings often do, things are going to end messy, but The Mysteries of Pittsburgh — thanks to Miller and Sarsgaard — keeps things interesting along the way.
Season two of HBO's Flight of the Conchords continues the adventures of New Zealand's formerly "fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo a capella-rap-funk-comedy-folk duo" as they struggle to make it in New York City. The comedy pair of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement weave their songs — usually parodies of everything from singer- songwriter emo to disco — into each show, which mixes an absurdist view of life with some clever shots at pop culture. Not brilliant but often funny.
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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh retails for $29.99 and $44.99 on Blu-ray. Flight of the Conchords: The Complete Second Season is $29.98.