Reviews

6 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Roll Bounce (2005)

'Teenage boys alone in Chicago for the summer spells trouble, especially with a lot of pretty extras around,' says Malcolm Lee.

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The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004) - PopMatters Film Review
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Assuming malicious intent in everything around you soon leads to paranoia, and a conspiracy-theory politics.

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6 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Casanova (2005)

Gaudy and giddy, this Casanova is full of energy but also strangely limp.

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6 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Caché (2005)

Caché is Michael Haneke's latest unsettling look at the shaky foundations of bourgeois security.

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	Various Artists: I Like It Vol. 2

I Like It is a fairly eclectic and quite schizophrenic entity -- but, as you might expect, the music on display is also pretty damn good.

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	Various Artists: Choubi Choubi!: Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq

It could help people understand what Iraq sounded like before greedy bastards both inside and outside the country exploited it for its oil and ruined it and broke its people and bombed the shit out of it.

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5 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Tarantula A.D.: Book of Sand

Tarantula A.D. are best when they're not trying to be avant- anything. They underestimate classical music's power... it's not the bursts of noise we remember, it's the pulsing, haunting string melodies.

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5 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	The Thin Man: Greasy Heart

'This one's for the smokers... the drinkers…the unrepentantly obese... the junkies... the tweakers... the unsafe sex practitioners.' Admit which one you are and sing along: 'Here come the good old days.'"

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	Lyn Taitt & the Jets: Hold Me Tight: Anthology 65-73

Two-disc set is the first-ever CD compilation of one of rocksteady's architects. Among the tracks included are rare instrumental sides and numerous session dates that arguably defined the genre's sound in the late '60s.

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	Prince Paul: Hip Hop Gold Dust

Prince Paul digs through the archives for lost masterpieces. Mostly, he finds castoffs that should have stayed as such, but a few tracks will have listeners doing double takes.

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New York Dolls: All Dolled Up [DVD]

Bob Gruen and then-wife Nadya Beck logged over 40 hours of film of the Dolls, and from this footage comes this new documentary.

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	Matthew Herbert: Plat du Jour

There are deep waters here, and anyone who comes expecting the same brand of approachable, quirky house music with which Herbert made his name will be disappointed and quite possibly repulsed.

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The music is as blunt as the name. Which, for the most part, is a good thing.

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5 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Magic Seeds by V.S. Naipaul

Both Roger and Willie are, in effect, poorly disguised mouthpieces for Naipaul's right-wing socio-political observations.

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5 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Four Brothers (2005)

'I grew up in sunny southern California, and I'm not used to snow,' says John Singleton. 'I wanted to do a movie with snow in it, so here it is.'"

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5 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

À Double Tour (1959)

À Double Tour is a visually engrossing if emotionally underwhelming thriller set in one the director's prototypically dysfunctional families.

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Dark Water: Unrated Widescreen Edition (2005)

'I'm attracted by the unknown, by the unexplainable,' says director Walter Salles.

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4 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Camping 2

Compiled by label boss Ellen Allien herself, Camping 2 showcases the best of BPitch Control's recent output, including three of her own tracks.

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4 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	P-Love: All Up in Your Mind

Early press for the album promised a mélange of styles and beats, but it's actually surprisingly bland.

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4 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Omara Portuondo: Sentimiento

This Cuban legend is a singer, not a screamer. She lets the trumpets do the dirty work. They make suggestive sounds. She sounds seductive.

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