Reviews

1 Dec 2006 // 4:06 AM

10 Items or Less (2006)

"Small" would be the most apt word to describe 10 Items, which, as its title suggests, means to contain and concentrate its energy.

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1 Dec 2006 // 3:05 AM

Turistas (2006)

The so-called Third World wreaks vengeance on a bevy of beautiful Caucasians in Turistas.

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1 Dec 2006 // 1:30 AM

The Nativity Story (2006)

When word of Catherine Hardwicke's attachment to The Nativity Story first surfaced, the possibilities swirled: what if the film reimagined the about-14-year-old Mary as a recognizable teenager?

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Kill the Vultures: The Careless Flame

When Kill the Vultures frontman Alexei Casselle, a.k.a. MC Crescent Moon, sings that moonshine “goes down rough, but it’s good for your

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Mustafa Ozkent: Gençlik Ile Elele

Ozkent was a nationalist, but he blends his Turkish folk influences so perfectly into the modernity of the psyche-jazz-funk that you might not even notice them.

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30 Nov 2006 // 8:02 PM

Two If By Sea: Safety

Baltimore’s Two If by Sea have more in common with bands across the big ocean than they do anyone in their own city. Rich,

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30 Nov 2006 // 8:01 PM

Dmonstrations: Dmonstrations EP

Raw post-punk from Japanese/American group is, almost, compelling.

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Walt Disney, The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

The first half of Neal Gabler's meaty tome on 20th-century America's favorite uncle has the unexpected effect of making a reader want to watch cartoons.

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30 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Coloured Balls: Ball Power

Like an Australian MC5, this unjustly obscure early 1970s band took the vehicle of early Little Richard-style rock 'n' roll and remodeled it into a dragster.

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Sarah McLachlan: Wintersong

McLachlan’s holiday album captures that frosty winter mood like hot apple cider and barren-leaved, snow-ladden trees.

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Adult Themes by Kate Crawford

Crawford's greatest contribution to the debate on the decline of modern civilisation is her call for a reasoned, well-developed ethics of adulthood, rather than the shallow focus on external signifiers.

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band: Colorblind

Conventional wisdom says the modern world just isn't as friendly to bands who don't have names constructed from artful nonsense.

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The Sopranos

There are enough of the sights and sounds of The Sopranos to feel immersed in its ambience as a show but there is not enough game here to feel immersed in a, well, game.

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Heaven 17: Penthouse and Pavement

Rather than comparing them to the Human League or similar synthpop conglomerates, it seems far more appropriate to consider Heaven 17 as an unlikely companion to Gang of Four.

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30 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Empires: Napoleon

This is a thorough yet standard PBS documentary, an excellent primer and learning tool.

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DJ Spinna: Intergalactic Soul

DJ Spinna's Intergalactic Soul opens: "From solar system to solar system / ready to blast off again." If you think you've rocked the earth to its utmost, what is the next frontier? Space, of course.

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30 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Matt & Kim: Matt & Kim

Isn't this what punk was originally all about? Stripping music back to an entry-level formula where anyone could hop on stage, bang out vital, messy songs, and have fun?

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30 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

The Seduction (1981)

The Seduction hauls its tired story from opening sequence to conclusion in the manner of the diabolical Derek dragging an adversary’s bloody corpse from Jacuzzi to grave.

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Inside The Actors Studio - Icons

Tuning in to see stars at their most bat-shit loony is one of the most pure forms of contemporary American entertainment, so there is a grain of merit to be found in each episode.

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David Grisman and Andy Statman: New Shabbos Waltz

This is Chasidic music that's meant to evoke the mystical spiritualism of the human connections to God.

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