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Thursday, January 2 2003

The Pianist (2002)

Confronted by one horror after another, Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is a startlingly original film protagonist.


Thursday, December 26 2002

Various Artists: A Cellarful of Motown!

Every Motown fan who hears this collection is nearly guaranteed shared reactions. The first one, common astonishment, with the realization that Motown had that much


SR-71: Tomorrow

While SR-71’s 2000 debut was pedestrian punk-pop at best, the band hinted that they had a greater pop pedigree than their peers. Their admitted love


Sígur Ros: (  )

With ( ), Sígur Ros has set a trap for everyone who writes about contemporary music: discuss an album with no interpretive reference points. The title


Na Leo Pilimehana: Hawaiian Memories

Na Leo Pilimehana first formed in 1982 when Nalani Choy, Lehua Kalima Heine, and Angela Morales met and began singing together as juniors at the Kamehameha


Missy Elliott: Under Construction

Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if Sista, the group Missy Elliott was in as a teenager, had made it past their one song, “


Talib Kweli: Quality

Quality is filled with songs that are ripe for the radio, at least in an ideal world where radio paid any attention to songs.


Noam Chomsky: The New War on Terrorism: Fact and Fiction

EXTRA chomskynoam-newwar.jpg Note: Out of curiosity, I wrote Chomsky an email asking if any events of the past 13 months have surprised him or changed


The Church: Parallel Universe

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never really understood the point of remix LPs. Presumably, when a band records a song in the first place,


Tori Amos: Scarlet’s Walk

Scarlet’s Walk cements Amos’s reputation, but it also seems like a homecoming from the more contrived work of her recent past. Complex, weighty, often brilliant, Scarlet’s Walk is the album that many a fan has been waiting for.


Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

Molly, Gracie, and Daisy's journey is mythic as much as it is historical.


Chicago (2002)

Watching Chicago is rather like watching a shot-for-TV music video by a neophyte director projected without thought or re-cutting straight to a movie screen.


Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Steven Spielberg's zippy new film is about the kind of 'truth' that might only be apprehended in its telling.


Monday, December 23 2002

‘Til Tuesday: Welcome Home

Before I say a word about my choice for “Favorite Album of All Time”, I feel I should add that my selection comes with an


Buddy Holly: Reminiscing

It’s 1963, England is slowly wrenching itself from the slumber of the ‘never-had-it-so-good’ post-war era, and youth is finding its feet not as little replicas


Blonde Redhead: Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons

In the end, I was a damaged lemon in need of healing, and Blonde Redhead’s album offered me an empathetic treatment for my sadness. What a release.


The Pro

The truth, as Ennis sees it, is that these superheroes, and the escapist mentality they represent, are obsolete.


Hellfire and Brimstone

That's what this latest arc is all about: the ever-changing landscape of teenage relationships and instant celebrity status.


The Last Man

Takes a rather simple, and not entirely new, post-apocalyptic idea, and brings it into fresh territory.


You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers

I have mixed feelings about Dave Eggers. I stay up at night thinking about it.


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