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Monday, July 15 2002

The Contrast: Mystery #1

The Contrast offers up a lot with this ambitious first major release Mystery #1, only now getting North American distribution, two years after its original UK

a-ha: Lifelines

Yes, them. The ones who did “Take on Me.” If you really stretch your memory, you might recall that they’re also the ones who

Friday, July 12 2002

1776 (1972)

Fortunately, the film doesn't take itself or the three leaders of the independence movement too seriously.

Reign of Fire (2002)

There's probably something to be said here about guys and competition and pointy weapons.

Real Genius (1985)

Whereas most teen films collapse into a mindless sequence of witless one-liners and antiquated sight gags, Real Genius remains effervescent and engaging.

Road to Perdition (2002)

The perfectly grim surface evokes eons of pain, as well as a highly stylized contemporary sensibility, not so much cynical as skeptical and self-aware.

Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Sharon Becker, Angora Deb, Wayne Grayson - PopMatters Film Review )

There is one huge difference between Mikami and Buffy -- Mikami is strictly in it for the cash, possessed of an all-consuming greed that makes for real comedy . . .

Gangster No. 1 (2000)

Gangster No. 1's style and plot are stale.

Thursday, July 11 2002

Various Artists: Fields and Streams

Fields and Streams, the newest compilation album from Olympia, Washington’s Kill Rock Stars label, is overwhelming: New tracks by 45 indie artists, about two and

The Psychedelic Furs: The Psychedelic Furs / Talk Talk Talk / Forever Now

Forget about the Psychedelic Furs. The history of 1980s music has largely been written, and the Furs are minor characters, at best. They weren’t

Judas Priest: Ram It Down / Painkiller

It’s 1988, and you’re Judas Priest. Your last studio album, Turbo, was a big commercial success, although longtime fans deem it a betrayal of

Keith Jarrett: Selected Recordings: Rarum III

It’s hardly surprising that Keith Jarrett’s contribution to ECM’s Rarum series of selected recordings chosen by the artist should be a two-disc

Death by Chocolate: Zap the World

Death by Chocolate is quite possibly the sweetest band in the whole world. Wait! Don’t write that last sentence off as a wholly rotten

Cinematic Orchestra: Every Day

I have been trying very hard not to like this album. Both the broadsheets and the rock press seem to have latched on to it

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men: Out in California

Here’s how it kind of begins: “Ladies and gentlemen, you’re in for a treat. Put your hands together for Dave Alvin and the

Wednesday, July 10 2002

Prefuse 73: The ‘92 vs ‘02 Collection

The ‘92 vs ‘02 Collection is Prefuse 73 at his best sewing together hip-hop and ambient techno while creating a sound positively his own.

The Mars Volta: Tremulant

I was not among the mourners the day that At the Drive-In called it quits. True, I had been looking forward to their imminent Chicago

Mistle Thrush: Drunk With You

So what the hell is “goth” music, anyhow? Once upon a time, in a fabled era when men wore skin-tight jeans and as much hair

John Forté: I, John

After receiving a copy of John Forté‘s latest release, I John, I must admit that I was not particularly optimistic. After recent disappointing releases

Chick Corea: Selected Recordings: Rarum III

Chick Corea has been involved with an incredible variety of musical projects throughout his career, a point that was brought home with incredible force last

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