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Thursday, June 27 2002

Pumpkin (2002)

PULL.


Mr. Deeds (2002)

It's all a saggy, inept mess. And it really makes you long for Michael Keaton and 'The Banana Boat Song'.


Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)

This is The City, so often viewed as anonymous and unfriendly, especially in children's programming, at its best.


Gosford Park (2001)

It is clear about what it is, a study of affect that is also affected.


The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

Where [the ghost] becomes a relatively benign presence for Carlos and the other boys ['The Devil's Backbone'], the same cannot be said for the living adults.


Wednesday, June 26 2002

X: More Fun in the New World

About a year ago, Rhino Records, a label that specializes in keeping ignored and overlooked rock and roll music in print, started reissuing albums recorded


The Who: The Ultimate Collection

I have deep reservations about recommending any sort of “greatest hits” packaging. Perhaps for old-time country, folk, blues, and early R&B the story


The Temptations: For Lovers Only

Aside from wondering how much money it cost to re-issue an album for the sake of one interesting bonus track several years after the album’


Orbital: Back to Mine

The Back to Mine mix CD series, from DMC Records, lets artists from the electronic genre (like Everything But the Girl, Groove Armada and Morcheeba)


Masters of the Hemisphere: Protest a Dark Anniversary

If being wildly prolific were the sole mark of greatness, Bren Mead and Sean Rawls would be household names as geniuses of pop composition. As


Peter Murphy: Dust

When a former member of Bauhaus, arguably one of the greatest goth bands of all time (certainly the most-cited when it comes to naming a


Cheap Trick: At Budokan

Cheap Trick at Budokan must surely qualify as one of the music industry’s biggest cash cows. It was originally released in 1978, a couple years


Married in America

Documentarian Michael Apted doesn't allow any sequence to run long enough for good manners to disappear and feelings (rather than public rationalizations of feelings) to emerge.


Lift

Examines our consumer culture in a way that is less venal and less macho than the usual heist movie.


The Dead Zone

It is easy to assume that Johnny will end up using his powers to make the world a better place, a sort of psychic version of 'Touched by an Angel', minus the sermons.


Tuesday, June 25 2002

Various Artists: More Broadway’s Greatest Love Songs

There are two ways of looking at songs from Broadway musicals: that they’re only as memorable as the show from whence they came, or


Dinah Washington: Ballads

This collection comes from Dinah Washington’s time at Roulette Records, by which time she had already waxed most of her classic material. She signed


Spinning Jennies: Peer Pressure

Talk about your truth in advertising! The press release for the Spinning Jennies’ fourth album, Peer Pressure, states that “their sound is reminiscent of such


Ray, Goodman & Brown: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

In order to understand the odd phenomenon of Ray, Goodman & Brown—uneven R&B hitmakers and passable neo-doo-wop crooners with nothing but their


Kidneythieves: Zerospace

Among the multitudes of sociological and cultural analysis yet to be performed is a breakdown of the sex appeal of goth and industrial subcultures. It’


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