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Friday, August 9 2002

XXX (2002)

Xander is a bad ass with a heart of gold.


24 Hour Party People (2001)

Tony Wilson lived for the explosive moment.


Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)

Juni and Carmen's perspective, part convincingly ingenuous and part movie-kid calculated, organizes the film's general view of things.


Punchline (1988)

Explores a dark side of stand-up comedy, but relies on stereotypes rather than shedding new light on the subject.


The Good Girl (2002)

Into Justine's black hole of a routine walks Holden glowering, self-consciously poetic, urgent.


Contract Killer (Sat sau ji wong) (1998)

A diluted reissue of Tung Wai's Hitman.


Blood Work (2002)

PULL.


Thursday, August 8 2002

The The: Infected / Mind Bomb

I love the current trend of record labels re-mixing, re-packaging, and re-releasing my favorite albums from middle and high school in order to win my


Ralph Stanley: self-titled

At night strange light will appear in marshes that flitters and dances for a few moments before it disappears. Known as will o’ the wisps,


Bruce Springsteen: The Rising

If you’re looking for classic Springsteen, look no farther than “Further On (Up the Road)”, a rocker about companionship fueled by three guitars, a


Future Sound of London: The Isness

Brian Dougans and Garry “Gaz” Cobain came together in the early 1990s to form an out-there techno duo called the Future Sound of London. Their


Earth, Wind and Fire: The Essential Earth, Wind and Fire

Note: Tracks in bold are compiled on The Essential Earth, Wind, and Fire More than any group during the 1970s, Earth, Wind, and Fire negotiated


DJ Shadow: The Private Press

Talk about spreading yourself thin. First, you release a landmark track, “In/Flux”, that more or less inspires countless beat junkies and critics to claim


Wednesday, August 7 2002

Various Artists: The Best of Lounge Music

I know lounge now includes chill-out, trip-hop and even deep house within its very marketable remit, but I hadn’t realised it had swallowed up


Wonderlick: self-titled

In this reviewer’s perfect world, everyone would own and absolutely love at least one Too Much Joy album. It wouldn’t even have to


They Might Be Giants: NO!

Hang on, hang on tight. The new release from eclectic alternative geek-rockers They Might Be Giants is an interactive multimedia experience geared toward children of


Rush: Vapor Trails

“Knowing that our music is nothing if not idiosyncratic, and doesn’t really cater to popular ‘taste,’ we . . . envisioned advertising slogans along the lines of, ‘


The Prodigy: Baby’s Got a Temper

The Prodigy deserves a lot of credit for lending electronica a human face and rock star attitude. Unlike many other electronic acts (for e.g.,


Jelly Roll Morton: Jazz King of New Orleans

Jelly Roll Morton’s reputation as jazz music’s first real composer and arranger rests on a small number of sides he recorded in Chicago


Bill Frisell: Selected Recordings: Rarum V

Just in case his quiet demeanor and general “nice guy-ness” don’t get the message across about guitarist Bill Frisell, how about this: On his


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