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Monday, January 7 2002

The Shield

As played by new Emmy winner Michael Chiklis, Vic Mackey is casually racist and homicidal, by turns charismatic and appalling.


Sunday, January 6 2002

The Chemistry Experiment: The Giraffe Album

Originally released as a very limited edition (the band reports there were only 15 copies) in 1998, The Giraffe Album has been a long time coming in


Thursday, January 3 2002

Impostor (2001)

Based on a 1953 Philip K. Dick story, the film rehearses the usual Dickish concerns, namely, a male protagonist's loss of identity, confidence, and context in a dystopic SF future.


Friday, December 28 2001

Evan Dando & The Rebel Crue 2002

Shunning Career As An Australian D.A.R.E. Counselor, Dando Appears Poised For Return Ah, yes . . . the comeback. Americans love to root for the


Monday, December 24 2001

Kate & Leopold (2001)

Never mind that Leopold is clueless when it comes to actual labor or the concept of class; as long as he's upper, he has no need to know anything more.


Ali (2001)

Ali embodies a kind of car-wreck charisma -- arrogant and self-conscious, beautiful and fierce, even on twenty-year-old tape, he can take your breath away. This ability to mesmerize makes Ali who he is, or more accurately, who everyone wants him to be. He's a cipher and a screen onto which viewers might project themselves.


Thursday, December 20 2001

The Majestic (2001)

PULL.


Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)

Full-length computer-animated features have, thus far, fallen into the realm of children's fantasy.


Joe Somebody (2001)

It gets points for knowing what it is, a formulaic PG picture without pretensions to grandeur (and for not being 'The Majestic').


How High (2001)

Meth is, as always, an exceedingly charismatic presence, and his partner an able comic foil.


Tuesday, December 18 2001

Little Otik (2000)

Jan Svankmajer taps into the appeal of the maternal horror story.


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

What is potentially most urgent about 'The Fellowship of the Ring' is how it reflects the tenor of our time.


Sunday, December 16 2001

Mercury Rev

S E T    L I S T The Funny BirdChainsTides of the MoonTonite It ShowsDelta Sun Bottleneck StompHolesFriterringLincoln’s EyeNite and FogLittle RhymesYou’


Saturday, December 15 2001

Rainer Maria + Yeah Yeah Yeahs + Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

The one thing you never want to hear at a concert, as the band takes the stage, with the lead singer conspicuously absent: “So I


Friday, December 14 2001

Drive By Truckers

They Caught Me Smilin’ Agin Forged in the fabled hamlet of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the Drive-By Truckers are magnificent in concert. Magnificent, that is, if


Thursday, December 13 2001

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Moreover, the film asserts, if you're not careful in your dealings with people, you'll end up with no self and no life, in that big empty Times Square in your head.


Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

What is perhaps most successful about 'Not Another Teen Movie' is its commentary on the obsessive and incessant whiteness of the genre.


Kandahar (2001)

There is also no end, at least as a Western viewer might imagine it, to the desert culture represented here, the traditions and meanings of Afghanistan, before, during, and perhaps after, the Taliban.


Wednesday, December 12 2001

Blonde Redhead

Demon pop. All I could think watching Blonde Redhead’s two hour set at New York’s Irving Plaza was that this band must surely


Monday, December 10 2001

No Doubt: Rock Steady

Gwen Stefani is the perfect girl. At once eternally self-confident and vulnerable, playful and tough, Stefani brings all the confusing (and often paradoxical) characteristics of


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