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Sunday, January 1 1995

Amores Perros (2000)

Perhaps more importantly, it offers a welcome antidote to Hollywoody visions of Mexico, revealing an urban Mexico that is neither sanitized nor demonized: for all the death in it, this place feels utterly immediate and alive.


American Beauty (1999)

My jaw slackened, my senses were jolted, and I managed to forget about the world outside the movie theater for a few hours. Yeah, I


Amores Perros (2000)

Iñárritu's film has a badly broken heart sputtering beneath all the style, which is something Tarantino hasn't really had the guts to go for yet.


Any Given Sunday (1999)

Whatever you think about Oliver Stone as a director, you can't deny his firm grasp on this country's interests. From Vietnam to JFK to serial killers, Stone's pictures have always depicted major subjects of national fascination. With his latest release, Any Given Sunday, Stone looks to go his previous films one better by focusing on the most popular sport in America.


Adrenaline Drive (Adorenarin doraibu) (1998)

For most of Adrenaline Drive's 90-odd minutes, you're not aware of time passing or the fact that your shoes do not fit as well as they could.


The Animal

All unruly hair, puny limbs, and wide eyes, Marvin's another one of Rob Schneider's pathetic, unmanly bumblers, lacking the 'animal' instinct that apparently makes a real man.


America’s Sweethearts (2001)

Truly, Julia Roberts leads a charmed life.


The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000)

At one point during the endless-seeming shenanigans of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Robert De Niro, embodying the cartoon character Fearless Leader, faces the


Saturday, December 31 1994

Omar Faruk Tekbilek: One Truth

Mysterious, haunting, and deeply spiritual—or frenzied, energetic and explosive, this is perhaps the richest music that I’ve heard in quite some time.


Shack, H.M.S. Fable

Brothers Mick and John Head fronted the underground band The Pale Fountains in the mid-‘80s and were key players in the fertile Liverpool postpunk


Tim Sparks: One String Leads to Another

Let me say now that I love the acoustic guitar. I’ve plucked at one for about fifteen years myself, though I’m still a


Steely Dan: Two Against Nature

The title of Steely Dan’s first album in 20 years hints at what we’ve known all along, that the band consists of two people


Gil Scott-Heron, Evolution (and Flashback) The Very Best of Gil Scott-Heron

Chicago born and New York raised Gil Scott-Heron released his first of three albums in 1971 for Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman label. These three albums


The Merrymakers, Bubblegun

By a long shot, one of the best pure pop bands of the mid-to-late 90’s is Sweden’s The Merrymakers. I know you’re probably


Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs

There are times these days where I absolutely hate Stephin Merritt, where I’m overwhelmingly infuriated by his latest work with the Magnetic Fields, the meandering yet singularly-purposed three-disc master opus.


Gerald Levert: G

Gerald Levert returns with his second offering since a brief liaison with the R&B supergroup LSG (Johnny Gill & Keith Sweat).


Lynyrd Skynyrd: pronounced ‘leh-‘nerd ‘skin-‘nerd

The story of Lynyrd Skynyrd is one full of its share of triumphs and tragedies. The roots of this seminal Southern rock act can be


Hellacopters: Payin’ the Dues

In the late ‘80s critics suggested that Minneapolis’ Replacements were the saviors of rock and roll. Equal parts punk rebellion, sugar-pop and alcohol, the mighty ‘


Hesperus: Celtic Roots / Spain in the New World

The members of Hesperus are outstanding musicians. They excel at bringing older music into the next century with their deft expressions upon early musical instruments.


Michael Hutchence: Michael Hutchence

If you take the time to listen to Michael Hutchence with an open ear, you might remember that he was a singer with a sexy, cocky, rock star charm who was indeed truly talented.


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