Reviews

14 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

King Kong (2005)

Jackson's film makes Ann's admiration for Kong an earnest distraction from her eventual, proper coupledom with Jack (who, even with Brody's Men's Health coverboy abs, can't compete with the potent spectacle of Kong).

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14 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Bad News Bears (2005)

The DVD extras are mostly valuable for the access they grant to Richard Linklater, who is a terrific storyteller and articulate filmmaker.

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	Various Artists: Love Peace and Poetry: Turkish Psychedelic Music

Turkish folk meshes with American rock and out comes offbeat, psychedelic pop.

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	Rush: R30: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition [DVD]

On their second release in two years, Rush continue to perfect the concert DVD experience.

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13 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Enrico Rava: Tati

This album is also cool. Not like 'hey daddy-o let's go to your hipster hootenanny' cool, but cool like gelato, cool like Marcello Mastroianni.

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13 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	O.C.: Smoke & Mirrors

Incessently rhyming about how "complicated" you are can be dangerous, but O.C. eventually backs up his claim.

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13 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Killa Kela: Elocution

The esteemed British beatboxer takes on songwriting, singing, and rapping -- and winds up with his very own Graffiti Bridge.

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	The Darkness: One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back

Simply put, rock and roll don't get no realer as we hit the home stretch of the new millennium's first decade.

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13 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Drums & Tuba: Battles Ole

Drums & Tuba do not always hit the mark on Battles Ole, but they produce some arresting moments, and they seldom fail to be interesting.

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13 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Chap: Ham

Group of intellectual reprobate Brit pranksters proffer a sophomore album that values everything, is sweetly sad, rocks stoopid hard, and holds nothing sacred. Get your Ham on!"

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13 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

The first thing Metzler, an acclaimed novelist in his own right, and artist Rags Morales do is ground their tale in very human concerns.

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13 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Black Mountain + Dead Meadow

Marijuana has been an ingredient in many musical concoctions. But it's also spawned a genre that isn't always as inspired as the musicians that inspired it. That's why we enter with caution.

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13 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Pioneers of Primetime

Combining personal stories with some historical commentary, Pioneers of Primetime covers both the personal and the epic sides of a media evolution.

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13 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Daisy Does America

I don't need Daisy Donovan to tell me we're weird, that we behave irrationally.

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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed and Other Things I’ve Learned by Alan Alda

The book, with Alda's full life as its case study, presents new ways of looking at old problems; new approaches to long-standing lessons.

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13 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection (2005)

Harold Lloyd doesn't have super strength, agility or speed, he just uses Yankee ingenuity, celebrated in the heady days after World War I.

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	Various Artists: Crunk Hits

Crunk Hits offers up an exploration of the crunk music enigma, whatever it is.

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	Denny Zeitlin: Solo Voyage

The sense of liberty and simplicity, bluesiness on an un-bluesy instrument, I find captivating, right to the pedal note on neo-melodica.

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	Shakira: Oral Fixation, Vol. 2

Shakira is the truth, people, and she's proven it twice over in 2005. She's made the best pop album of the year.

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	New Sense: Flowers Before Hours

Put all of those Postal Service comparisons to rest. Seriously. Though it has only been two years since New Sense’s self-titled E.P., which

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