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Monday, October 21 2002

Dave’s True Story: Dave’s True Story - The 2002 Version

Sometimes success comes full-circle, and no matter how much you achieve over time, you wind up back where you started. For Dave’s True Story,


Carrie Akre: Invitation

Singer-songwriter Carrie Akre spent the early years of her career as frontwoman for such Seattle alternative acts as Hammerbox and Goodness, and more recently with


Friday, October 18 2002

The Road to Wellville (1994)

Contrary to Kellogg's message, self-denial is ultimately the disease, not the cure.


The Ring (2002)

Gore Verbinski's The Ring is relentlessly disquieting and incoherent, and sometimes trite in ways it doesn't need to be.


Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Deftly rearranges any number of generic conventions, from romantic comedies, musicals, and melodramas with happy endings that can't make sense but seem inevitable and necessary.


Quitting (2001)

Perverse as that sounds, the opportunity really is an actor's dream: role-of-a-lifetime gig and therapeutic session in one fell swoop.


Heaven (2002)

Heaven begins with assorted ascents. Written by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski (with Krzysztof Piesiewicz), and intended as part of a trilogy (Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory), it explores accident and fate, guilt and grief, time and truth.


Formula 51 (2001)

In Ronny Yu's mostly formulaic Formula 51, Samuel L. Jackson plays Elmo McElroy, a chemical whiz busted for smoking reefer.


Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

It's ironic and wholly predictable that Keyhoe's protest against government and military censorship was, in fact, censored in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.


The Big Picture (1989)

'I don't know you, I don't know your work, but I think you're very talented.'"


Abandon (2002)

Cynical and beautiful. No wonder the boys can't resist her.


Thursday, October 17 2002

Waco Brothers: New Deal

The Waco Brothers are almost impossible to resist. Their rambling, shambling honky-tonk rock ‘n’ roll is so unapologetically derivative and at the same time so


Underworld: A Hundred Days Off

Have you missed them much? It’s been three years since their last studio album, but Underworld is pulsating back onto the dance floor with


Sahara Hotnights: Jennie Bomb

Can someone please explain to me what’s behind this big Swedish rock revolution? Is there something in the water? Is it all the lingonberries?


The Mission UK: Aura

As unlikely as it might seem, Wayne Hussey and the Mission UK are back in top form with their latest release, Aura. Apparently, all Hussey


Aretha Franklin: The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years (1960-1965)

Arguably one of the most important recordings done by a black artists in the post-Civil Rights era, throughout Amazing Grace Franklin seamlessly weaves through traditional sacred recordings.


Miles Davis: The Best of Miles Davis

Last year some of the major players in the career of Miles Davis joined forces for a brief tour across North America. Featuring Herbie Hancock,


Gregory Corso: Die on Me: The Final Recordings

When Gregory Corso passed away on January 17, 2001, the sole surviving member of the real core of the Beat Generation, the last great literary movement of


Bernard Allison: Storms of Life

The storm that Bernard Allison currently seems to be weathering is one involving a crisis of identity. Storms of Life, Allison’s second album for


The All American Rejects: self-titled

Before you read any further, I’d like all readers to acknowledge that I do not blame The All American Rejects for this debacle of


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