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Friday, February 28 2003

Not of This World (Fuori dal mondo) (1999)

Giuseppe Piccioni is no cynic (or he pretends not to be), but he does have a healthy respect for the many ways in which people fail to come together.

Lawless Heart (2001)

Like the emotions it examines, 'Lawless Heart' is full of conflict and confusion.

Kedma (2002)

The many storytelling scenes show the limitations of words to reflect the refugees' horror and sorrow.

Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)

For all the violence, Heavy Metal 2000's sexual iconography remains its major attraction, and that is mostly because it is everywhere.

Gods and Generals (2002)

Avoids examining the underlying cause of the Civil War -- the South's terror of abolition -- and instead remembers the Confederacy as a noble army defending its 'homeland'.

Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

Deemed 'The Next Tom Cruise' by 'GQ' magazine, the prolific, asthmatic, and charismatic Dark Man X continues to power his way into the movies.

Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964)

It is about kids played by adults, a comedy, a tragedy, a buddy movie, a heist picture, a romance, an exercise in style, and a paean to B-movies and American gangster films.

Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary (2002)

'Amen', like 'Blind Spot', considers atrocity by examining the real burden of abiding with it long after the fact.

American Psycho 2: All American Girl (2002)

When the greatest compliment that can be paid a film is 'Shatner was good,' you know you're looking at a new depth of badness in contemporary cinema.

Thursday, February 27 2003

Various Artists: The Essential George Gershwin

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the name George Gershwin? “Rhapsody in Blue”? An American in Paris? Perhaps Porgy And

Waxwing: Nobody Can Take What Everybody Owns

While they may have a strong following in Seattle, Waxwing is a relatively unknown band. Tragic really, considering their homegrown brand of rough and ready

Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing Trio: In Full Swing

If there is one complaint that can be made about Mark O’Connor, and more or less everything that he does, it is that he

Jesse Malin: The Fine Art of Self Destruction

Weird little surprises like this album are the things you live for as a music fan. It’s one thing to have high expectations for

Kaada: Thank You For Giving Me Your Valuable Time

Every once in a while, you come across a CD that so strange, so unlike anything you have ever heard before, that when you try

Eddie Harris: A Tale of Two Cities

Jazz, like any other art form, is a many-leveled thing. You can easily compile the A-list: Miles, ‘Trane, Monk, Mingus, Bird, etc., and probably a

Har Mar Superstar: You Can Feel Me

It’s great fun trying to pin down Har Mar Superstar. Is he the real deal, or just an indie-rock hipster’s snide send-up of

Gigolo Aunts: Pacific Ocean Blues

This is as smooth and even a musical offering as the temperate climes of sunny California, and I guess that’s kind of the point

Kathleen Edwards: Failer

First off, is Kathleen Edwards worth the hype? After all, this is her debut album and she’s already garnering serious comparisons to Lucinda Williams.

Jerry Cantrell: Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2

Up until April 2002, hope sprang eternal for the Alice in Chains fan. The band, one of the finest to emerge from the early 1990s Seattle

Wednesday, February 26 2003

My Uncle Jeff

Hurd's debut work is a powerful document of family relations and the feelings that go along with them.

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