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Thursday, March 13 2003

Willard (2003)

Crispin Glover is Willard's best special effect.

Open Hearts (Elsker Dig For Evigt) (2002)

Distinguishes itself with its fondness for its characters -- hardly a trademark of the Dogme movement.

Irréversible (2002)

Gaspar Noé's Irréversible comes at you hard.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (À la folie… pas du tout) (2002)

Audrey Tautou floats through 'He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not' in a world of her own, embodying a kind of chill that serves the film well.

The Hunted (2003)

Benicio Del Toro looks appropriately haunted in The Hunted.

Bolivia (2001)

Adrián Caetano uses a lack of financing to his benefit; he keeps his camera on the action, and he keeps the action moving.

Agent Cody Banks (2003)

Cody Banks' first assignment is to 'get close' to a popular girl whose scientist father is involved with a nanotechnology-based plot to, like, destroy the world and stuff.

Wednesday, March 12 2003

Paul van Dyk

“Global” Tour Things did not look promising. As he and his crate-toting handlers barreled through a crowd of people hanging out near the stage of

Patrick Park

Patrick Park never smiled. Patrick Park hardly said a word, but he didn’t need to. There was so much happening in his eyes. Wearing

Charlie Hunter Quintet

Mr. Tambourine Man “The bass / the treble / don’t make the rebel / playing the tambourine does.”

The Folk Implosion

“Somebody told me they saw Eric Gaffney today and that he said ‘hi.’ I have a lot of scores to settle, and when I do,

Cat Power

A Cat Power record is reminiscent of a Nick Drake record: no matter how bright the sun is shining outside, Chan Marshall’s music has

Cat Power

Much has been made about Cat Power’s Chan Marshall as a live performer in the same way that much was made about Michael Jordan

What About The Kids? Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce by Judith S. Wallerstei

Dr. Spock and others publish child care books. Well, this is a divorce care book.

The Spirit of Terrorism: And Requiem for the Twin Towers by Jean Baudrillaud

Terrorists are using our own systems against us, and inherent in our systems is paranoia.

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson

I was pleasantly surprised to discover [the book] is really about that nearly missing ingredient in today's world -- responsibility -- and its re-release is timely and significant.

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

There is a certain mystery around femininity that involves china teacups, cigarettes, old-fashioned perfume and a glamorous Sunset Boulevard sort of decay.

Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood 1910-1969 by William J. Mann

[This book] is essential for anyone interested in Hollywood -- particularly its heretofore unwritten past -- and for gays and lesbians looking to recover some of their history.

Sunday, March 9 2003

Various Artists: Almost You: The Songs of Elvis Costello

As an unathletic, bespectacled, bookish type, it was practically fated that I’d become a rabid Elvis Costello fan. Slights against my hero were taken

Pet Shop Boys: Disco 3

It was only meant as a joke in the first place. The Pet Shop Boys gave their first few releases cute titles, so people would

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