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30 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Bobby Blue Bland: Blues at Midnight

Fading genres of popular music like jazz, blues, and soul seem to be audibly straining under the weight of their situation. Should they try to

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	The Ataris: So Long, Astoria

In the two years since the Indiana-bred quartet the Ataris released End Is Forever on Kung Fu Records, not a lot has changed in pop-punk.

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Halle Berry has said she will wear 'something that would reflect an homage to the troops.' Let's see, whatever will she choose?

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28 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The illogic of sports fanaticism extends to the rest of our lives, encouraging absurd debates in which each side must support the unsupportable.

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Even the most casual look at the profit motive behind the war against Iraq is appalling in its brutal logic.

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The original version of 'Compared to What' is a powerful example of black pop that wasn't afraid, echoing Audre Lorde, to speak truth to power.

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28 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

As this first war of the 21st century accelerates, it's important to recall that the confrontation between primitive and civilized cultures is not new.

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28 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) (2003)

Despite Walter's early warnings, Jettel does not expect Kenya to be all that different from Frankfurt and is therefore profoundly unsettled when she arrives.

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28 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Head of State (2003)

As crossover-dreamy as it is, Head of State may just grant him enough industry clout to drag it - the industry -- along with him.

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28 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Core (2003)

Settles quickly into the most mundane of plot and character developments.

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28 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Basic (2003)

As its title suggests, John McTiernan's new action-thriller, 'Basic' is not very new.

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I share a space with them each time I'm profiled in grocery stores, or chillin' with my homies Gramsci and Jay Z at Starbucks.

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26 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Sugarman Three & Co.: Pure Cane Sugar

If you weren’t old enough to shake your butt back in the 1960s when dances had names, or imbibe a live Stax soul revue

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26 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Tobin Sprout: Lost Planets & Phantom Voices

When you’ve been a part of one of the quirkiest, distinctive and profoundly enjoyable underground indie pop bands in the history of indie pop,

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26 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Oleander: Joyride

You may have heard the name Oleander before, but for the casual radio listener, Oleander is simply ‘that band that had that one song, “Why

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	Immortal Lee County Killers: Love Is a Charm of Powerful Trouble

Let’s just get this fact out of the way now before this review goes any further. The Immortal Lee County Killers are going to

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26 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Eric Idle: Eric Idle Presents The Rutland Isles

Monty Python is like a legendary rock band whose individual members have embarrassed themselves with a series of vain attempts to regain and/or cash

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26 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Jojo Hermann: Defector

When it comes to the blues, nobody releases better stuff than the folks at Fat Possum. They’ve got gobs of punk-ass attitude (best exemplified

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26 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Howe Gelb: The Listener

As much as I like Giant Sand and its various offshoots (Calexico, OP8, Blacky Ranchette, etc.), I know very little about the man in the

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26 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Echoboy: Giraffe

There are plenty of reasons to like British one man band Richard Warren, AKA Echoboy. He comes across as sort of an electronic version of

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26 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Detroit Experiment: self-titled

The Detroit Experiment is a great idea; there can be no doubt about that. The premise is this: producer Aaron Luis Levinson and Ropeadope Records

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26 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Common Rider: This Is Unity Music

One of the perks of going to high school in an affluent (aka: safe, white and wealthy) Long Island suburb was the “Open School” policy.

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	AC/DC: AC/DC Live [Collector’s Edition]

If there was ever a live hard rock album that deserved to be re-mastered, and subsequently revisited, it is AC/DC’s 1992 effort. Culled from

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26 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Unfunky UFO There is a Bee Gees song that goes, “I started a joke which started the whole world crying.” This lyric highlights one of

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Kimya DawsonPhoto Credit: Natalie Gruppuso Adam Green In a move analogous to the 1978 simultaneous release of four Kiss solo albums, all six members of the

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26 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Blasting their way through a set that seemed far too short, Ikara Colt commanded the stage at Maxwell’s in Hoboken in a way that

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26 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Ed Harcourt has always been a solo artist, but tonight, he seems even more alone, maybe even lonely. Something about the look on his face

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26 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

“Sometimes I feel like an evolutionary rejectLiving in this hi-tech world”—Widespread Panic There are some shows where you walk out of the club and

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26 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

High Volume, High Voltage For devoted AC/DC fans, what could be better than seeing their heroes perform in a packed football stadium? How about

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Virus: Virus Buster Serge, Volume 1

The sheer number of questions director Masami Obari piles on makes us wonder if even he knows what's going on.

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All in the Family: Second Season

In the case of All in the Family and Sanford and Son, 'groundbreaking' is not an overstatement.

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You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

Reveals the liberation offered by non-alienating work and examines the matrices between class and gender, as few other films do.

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25 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

In a Lonely Place (1950)

Put simply, the eyes cannot be trusted, not in film noir generally, and especially not in In a Lonely Place.

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25 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

The wealth of detail about gay life at the time and the often adverse public perception of homosexual behavior ensures Victim's lasting fascination as a social document.

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25 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Gloria (1980)

Cassavetes himself was not happy with his script.

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25 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Guyver—Bio-Booster Armor, Vols. 1 & 2 (1989/1991)

There is a kind of biological dread at work in this ambivalence, a fear of viral contamination and uncontrollable, anarchic cellular proliferation.

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	Townes Van Zandt: For the Sake of the Song

For those of us who discovered Townes Van Zandt late, after he’d already reaped the damages of his life, the image is seared into

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	Ute Lemper: But One Day

German chanteuse Ute Lemper has been caught between worlds for some time, but never has it been more apparent than on her latest disc, But

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24 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Richard X. Heyman: Rightovers

When common practice finds you writing 30 some odd tracks for an album and you only wind up using 14 of them, what happens to the leftovers

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	Harper Lee: Everything’s Going To Be OK

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in

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	Gotan Project: La Revancha del Tango

Originality is a scarce commodity in the music world these days, so the very existence of a group like Gotan Project is cause for celebrating.

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	Ibrahim Ferrer: Buenos Hermanos

Ibrahim Ferrer’s first record gave the world the chance to hear the wonderfully wasted voice of a 71-year-old “new” artist—no one outside Cuba

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24 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

Erase Errata: Other Animals

Their roots are less with the post-punk war-horses like the Gang of Four and Devo, and more with LiLiput, the Swiss feminist band from the early ‘80s. Like LiLiput, Erase Errata makes the form their music takes a political statement in itself.

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24 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	DJ Krush: The Message at the Depth

Ten years ago, it was difficult for American hip-hop audiences to finally accept that strong MCs and DJs were coming out of the West Coast.

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24 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The D4: 6Twenty

“New Garage”. It sounded so fresh, so rejuvenating two years ago, but now, in 2003, before the so-called genre could really make a serious dent in

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24 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Vic Chesnutt: Silver Lake

Vic Chesnutt seems to take as much inspiration from writers as he does from musicians. His West of Rome album shares its name with a

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	Atom and His Package: Attention! Blah Blah Blah.

Imagine if Harold Faltermeyer grew 50 stories high and stomped into Philadelphia, crushing the Franklin mint under his heel and blaring his only hit (“Axel F”)

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24 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

They sign Vs with their hands, cheer at the cars driving by, and gesture at their biggest banner, which reads, 'Neanderthal President.'

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24 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Towards the end of the march, some onlookers chanted, 'The whole world is watching!'

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24 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

To Tony Blair, the campaign against Iraq is the right war. It's his moral mission.

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24 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Bush's reliance on freedom as a last-ditch rhetorical smoke screen for dangerous imperial ideology began in the wake of 9/11.

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24 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The flag is also the symbol of a nation bitterly divided over a foreign war.

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24 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

When war happens live on TV, it's not only the self-declared enemy who gets mad for the camera.

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20 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Weather Underground makes this story relevant now; is it the '60s we're watching on screen, or is that the peace march this past 15 February in New York City?

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20 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

View From the Top (2003)

View From the Top's Donna (Gwyneth Paltrow) and her boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) are certainly nice, but not interesting enough to rescue a plot this stale.

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20 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Morvern Callar (2002)

Morvern is a puzzle the film picks at but never quite solves, the focus of its probing but also respectful attention.

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20 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Dreamcatcher (2003)

One thing you can say about 'Dreamcatcher': you can't really say one thing about it.

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20 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

The girls in 'Bend It Like Beckham' have grown up crossing cultural borders on a daily basis, and see such negotiations as nothing special.

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19 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Turin Brakes: Ether Song

Turin Brakes are Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, friends since their primary school days in Balham, South London. They grew up listening to Prince, Sebadoh,

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	Sly and the Family Stone: The Essential Sly and the Family Stone

The work of Sly and the Family Stone has been lauded by critics for decades, so a lengthy treatise about its importance is hardly in

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19 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Majesticons: Beauty Party

Temptation #1: The promo version of this record features the Promo-Bot, period break-ins by a robot voice laid randomly in over the real tracks in an

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	The Libertines: Up the Bracket

Listening to The Libertines’ debut album is kind of like being at a boisterous party. Only you’re pinned in a corner by a drunken

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	The Iguanas: Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart

I hardly ever go anywhere near a dance floor. It usually takes a good amount of alcohol or a woman I’m trying to impress

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	Hellfire Sermons: Hymns: Ancient and Modern

Prior to the Manic Street Preachers rise to the British rock elite, there was a band that many believed would eventually become what the Manics

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19 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Derailers: Genuine

Hipster fans of alt-country tend to steer clear of the Derailers. After all, the Austin, Texas-based band doesn’t fit the Whiskeytown/Old 97s/Son

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19 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Beans: Tomorrow Right Now

On his debut full-length Tomorrow Right Now, Beans is both floating somewhere in the upper galaxies and cooling out on city streets. His style is

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	King Britt: Adventures in Lo-Fi

The subject of today’s evisceration is the new record from King Britt called Adventures in Lo-Fi. Sadly, the title is a lie: this record

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	Dave Brubeck Quartet: Park Avenue South: Live at Starbucks

When you usually think of seeing jazz great Dave Brubeck and his accompanying trio of musicians, it’s often either at an outdoor venue, jazz

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Ellis' tale gives the reader an intriguing glimpse into a strange reality that is as human as it is futuristic and fantastic.

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

A delightful romp through a pseudo-Depression Era world.

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So why should it be a surprise that superheroes, at some point in their careers, would have their star fall?

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

In most film, TV, and literature, gay characters are usually victims of prejudice and/or violence. The Rawhide Kid is anything but a victim. He may be fancy, but he can kick butt with the best of them.

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Supergrass The Coral This was one of those rare performances—like Pavement at the Vic Theater in 1999 at the tail end of their Terror Twilight

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Incapacitants Aube A dark, cool night and heavy rainfall created the perfect backdrop for the opening night of Alchemy Records’ week-long showcase in Shibuya,

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Sure, the Coral are just a few yards in front of me, but they’re not really here. They’re in a happier place and

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Gang Starr Floetry If the trajectory of Common’s rap persona were mapped out on a flow chart, you’d see a line climbing steadily

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

S E T    L I S T PepitaAcross the WireThe Ride Part IIThe Black LightQuattro (World Drifts In)Sonic WindFrontera / TriggerNot Even Stevie

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Exies Carolyn Mark Trapt There are generally two large music “to dos” in Toronto each year. North By Northeast (NXNE), the cousin of South

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Recipe: Live Audioslave With 25% Soundgarden and 75% Rage Against the Machine, hard-rock saviors Audioslave arrived before a sold-out crowd at the Riviera Theatre with high expectations

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We rock critics should have leathery skins and sore throbbing eardrums and calloused typing fingers, and we should accept little in return but the possibility of more great new tunes coming our way.

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Soap used Jodie's sexual liaison with Carol as an opportunity to have his character function as a heterosexual on the level of plot, yet simultaneously maintain his position as the show's sexual other.

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Pandora’s Handbag: Adventures in the Book World by Elizabeth Young

Elizabeth Young is ultimately a book lover's reviewer rather than a conventional industry hack.

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A Plague of Frogs; Unraveling an Environmental Mystery by William Souder

Frogs are supposed to be a 'sentinel species' . . . If frogs are doing badly, we have reason to be anxious.

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film by David Thomson

Both in throwing his bricks and presenting his bouquets, [the author] seems curiously off the mark.

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Layne Staley: Angry Chair by Adriana Rubio

The book is nothing more than one fan's viewpoint on the tortured existence of Staley.

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Inviting Disaster: Lessons from the Edge of Catastrophe by James R. Chiles

Disasters rarely happen by accident. Instead, they occur when one link in a long chain of events fails.

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Food and Loathing: A Lament by Betsy Lerner

What we have here is yet another memoir -- excuse me, lament -- on disordered eating suitable for a made-for-TV movie.

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

About Schmidt by Louis Begley

Offers an important meditation on the enduring meanings of age, maturity and experience in a world increasingly devoted to the brevity of youth.

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Day Five / Music: You Down With V.I.P.? by Tobias Peterson and Terry Sawyer -- Day Two of our daily coverage of SXSW 2003 looks at the buzz-worthy film highlights, the Robert Duvall vehicle Assassination Tango and an Australian caper film entitled The Hard Word.

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Day Five / Film: Disconnect by Tobias Peterson and Terry Sawyer -- Day Two of our daily coverage of SXSW 2003 looks at the buzz-worthy film highlights, the Robert Duvall vehicle Assassination Tango and an Australian caper film entitled The Hard Word.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The United States has become so preoccupied with fighting by The Marquis of Queensberry Rules that it has lost the ability to exhibit ruthlessness and elicit fear in times of combat.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

And now Ronald Reagan's former number two's number one son wants to attack Iraq again, this time for oil or to salvage his old man's pride or possibly even to combat terrorism -- the motivation is about as clear as it has been persuasively articulated.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

It is the war of the sated against the famished, the obese against the emaciated, the affluent against the impoverished, the democracies against tyranny, perhaps Christianity against Islam and definitely the West against the Orient.

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The idea of a war against Iraq is an absurdity, a blatant and even slightly comical repudiation of the very idea of the 'just war'.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The idea that America is poised to ride into Iraq on a white charger, spreading democracy like fairy dust, is the popular conservative version of the oncoming war in Iraq.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Once Upon a Time (1944)

On its surface a classic fairytale, it can also be read as commentary on Hollywood's role in wartime America.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Making the Misfits (2001)

There's a cautionary tale in the notion that life sometimes imitates art enough to destroy both, and this piece might have striven harder to assess which is the greater American tragedy.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Joe and Max (2002)

Meditates on the space these celebrity athletes occupied for their respective societies, serving as reluctant folk heroes and symbols for their nations.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Half Past Dead (2002)

Ja is partnered with Steven Seagal, the fading action/martial arts star who not only refuses to go away.

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"Fire Emblem Heroes desperately and shamelessly wants to monetize our love for these characters, yet it has no idea why we came to love them in the first place.

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