Reviews

22 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Night Skies (2006)

This is close encounters of the drive-in kind.

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Graphic Classics, Vol. 5: Jack London

It is ironic that despite the constant threat of censorship of sexual and violent material -- particularly in products meant for kids -- that lurks today, London's work shows that things have not changed as much as some may think and society's values haven't taken such a steep downturn.

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22 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tom Brosseau: Grand Forks

Ten years later, Tom Brosseau pens an awe-inspiring tribute to the flood that devastated his home town of Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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22 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

New Years Day: New Years Day

Getting the attention of Fall Out Boy’s label and Motion City Soundtrack never hurts in getting your name out. But fortunately the buzz about

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Bela Lakatos, and the Gypsy Youth Project: Introducing Bela Lakatos & The GYP

Folk revival, Gypsy style, dance rhythms, and young people raising old songs from Central European by-ways.

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Richie Hawtin: Pioneers of Electronic Music, Vol. 1 [DVD]

While its viewers are left out as mere spectators into this exercise in onanism, the incidental details that seep through the film -- such as his robotics engineer dad designing some of the equipment he uses onstage -- warm up the austere minimalist so that techno is finally given a real human face, however fleeting its glimpse.

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The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: The Cats Family and Friends

The Jim Henson Company delivers some low-key, well-done kids' fare.

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22 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Loreena McKennitt: An Ancient Muse

Loreena McKennitt paints vivid pictures of love and adventure and ancient peoples.

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22 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

You Am I: Convicts

More ponce and thuggery from Australia's favorite alternative rock band that, though a welcome return from a band that looked on the outs, may not inspire a stampede of new fans.

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Suburban Kids with Biblical Names: #Three

Ecclectic DIY Swedish pop packed with great tunes and witty lyrics.

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22 Jan 2007 // 1:00 AM

24: Day Six

As 24's sixth day takes shape, it looks as though moral certainty isn't what it used to be.

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Anthropia: The Ereyn Chronicles, Part I: The Journey of Beginnings

When a CD is accompanied by a booklet containing a lengthy, meticulously detailed story to serve as a mere introduction to the whopping, 68-minute album,

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21 Jan 2007 // 9:02 PM

aMute: The Seahorse Limbo

The comparisons with Fennesz go so far, as do those with Tim Hecker. But on his second album, Jerome Deuson (a.k.a aMute) expands

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The National Gallery: Performing Musical Interpretations Of The Paintings Of Paul Klee

Stay with me here, please. In 1968, Chuck Mangione and Roger Karshner are in Cleveland. There they decide to give “musical interpretations” to the paintings of

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My Morning Jacket: Okonokos [DVD]

If you think Kentucky's transcendental rockers My Morning Jacket are a bit creepy, well, you're right. And wrong.

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Various Artists: The Kings of Techno - Compiled by Laurent Garnier and Carl Craig

Aretha Franklin, The Stooges and Alice Coltrane, all on the shelves of record stores' techno section, as Craig and Garnier deliver a playground that makes you think.

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21 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Culver/Judge Inauguration 2007 feat. Reverend Al Green

Apparently, the good Rev had been waiting for a special invitation to come to Iowa. When he finally got one, it was from the governor’s office, no less.

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21 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann, Carol Brown Janeway (Translator)

Novelists, more than filmmakers, dare to depict great intellectuals.

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21 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Dreamland (2006)

Though far from perfect, Dreamland is better than most, thanks to Bruckner's amazing intimacy with the camera and that peculiar face of hers; both plain and extraordinarily unique in its beauty.

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House of Sand (Casa de Areia) (2005)

The House of Sand is yet another filmic example of why Brazil is setting the standard when it comes to exporting interesting, superior filmmaking.

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