Reviews

18 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Tamerlane by Justin Marozzi

How is it possible to botch a biography of Temur? This is a man who rode his Tatar hordes across Asia, leaving ravaged cities and towering piles of skulls in his wake.

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Bonnaroo 2006: Day 2 Feat. Buddy Guy, Beck, and Radiohead

Our education begins today and will continue long after the guitars have gone quiet.

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Bonnaroo 2006: Day 1 Feat. Andrew Bird, Ben Folds, Bright Eyes, Tom Petty, and My Morning Jacket

It's unclear whether or not Ben Folds' routine is a warning about the misuse of drugs. If it is, it's clearly falling on deaf ears.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Driving Force

The day these pampered princesses realize their dad is entitled to be "who he is" as well, will be the moment they learn to appreciate him beyond the bank account.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Loved One (1965)

While much of the original outrage will fall flat on audiences raised on our current post-modern sense of mockery, there is still a great deal to enjoy in this early attempt at directorial dadaism.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Feist: Open Season

Otherwise delightful, a Mushaboom cloud hangs over this album of remixes and collaborations.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

uncing Souls: The Gold Record

Credit has to be due to a band that can continue to tweak its sound, mature, and still stay true to its roots all at the same time.

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Aoki Takamasa & Tujiko Noriko: Twenty-Eight

The album appears like a beam of sunshine on a warm spring day: pleasant and warm, but of extremely brief duration.

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Carl Hancock Rux: Good Bread Alley

It might not be your cup of tea, but maybe you need to drink something besides tea for a change.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Karrin Allyson: Footprints

A stunning program of post-bop jazz standards from a mature singer out on the mainstream edge.

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Lisa Germano: In the Maybe World

Lyrically, In the Maybe World is quite good. Musically, it could induce narcolepsy.

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Agoraphobic Nosebleed: PCP Torpedo/ANbRX

The world's fastest band gets the remix treatment.

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Death Cab for Cutie: Directions

Music videos as a companion to CDs? It just might work...

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17 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Eternals #1

Jack Kirby had a knack for creating heady, mind-bending concepts dressed in superhero clothing, and Neil Gaiman simply refines this already brilliant material with sharp dialogue and characterization, while weaving it into a modern context.

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Yann Andrea Steiner by Marguerite Duras

'Like all men, every day, even if only for a few instants, you become a killer of women.' Whose rage is she describing? With outstanding writing like this, it doesn't matter.

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17 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM

Jack Kirby had a knack for creating heady, mind-bending concepts dressed in superhero clothing, and Neil Gaiman simply refines this already brilliant material with sharp dialogue and characterization, while weaving it into a modern context.

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Bonnaroo 2006: The Journey

High above the ground with tons of machinery in tow, I don't have blind spots -- I am blind.

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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tsotsi (2005)

Director Gavin Hood says, "Tsotsi is literally on a track that he can't get off of, right down the center of the frame, with the city like a huge character that's indifferent behind him."

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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Day of the Animals (1977)

An excellent slice of schlock made even meatier by the pseudo-social message and the acting chops of those involved.

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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The World Series of Pop Culture

Unfortunately, The World Series of Pop Culture is less a test of trivia knowledge than a test of viewer patience.

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