Reviews
Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos is an adoring, disco-accompanied, bright-lighted look back at a brief moment when soccer was popular in the States.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matthew Herbert: Scale

Herbert has created music that is thoroughly fresh and consistently challenging, and, in today's culture, that feat alone is enough to earn the album the heartiest of recommendations.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Demented and punctuated by Depp's scowls and "oofs," Jack Sparrow's stunty bits are mostly amusing and sometimes even surprising.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shooting Dogs (2004)

Based on a true story and co-written by a BBC journalist who worked in Rwanda during the genocide, the film is an absorbing meditation on what men do in dark times.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Heading South (Vers le sud) (2005)

With their newfound sexual empowerment gradually eroded by disillusionment, the women are finally predictable.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Paul Oakenfold: A Lively Mind

A Lively Mind stutters slip-shod through its unoriginal sounds, even more disappointing as these are unoriginal even by Paul Oakenfold's standards.

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Ise Lyfe: Spread The Word

You know what they say, "Ain't no party like a Black Panther Party 'cause a Black Panther Party don't stop." Okay, nobody says that. But when you hear this poet/emcee's debut, you just might.

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Ice Cube: Laugh Now, Cry Later

Ice Cube's been livin' large off his gangsta boogie and movies like Boyz-N-the-Hood and Friday. So why does he want to be a "microphone master"?

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Glen Phillips: Mr. Lemons

The Toad the Wet Sprocket singer's third solo set is his most confident yet. Still, he can't help covering Huey Lewis.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Wa-Zimba: Mande Wazy

The band members incorporate a host of world influences from free jazz and hip hop to techno and pop to Rai and raga into their repertoire. And on one song, "Sodine Key", I swear I could even hear echoes of Jerry Garcia jammin' country-style circa American Beauty.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Talkdemonic: Beat Romantic

Talkdemonic's Beat Romantic fuses elements of classical composition with IDM, jazz beats, and thoughtfully placed organic filigree, making for a very lovely and engaging album of hypnotic melancholy and meditative bliss.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Thom Yorke: The Eraser

The Radiohead solo album delivers what it didn't know it promised.

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6 Jul 2006 // 3:25 PM

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Simultaneously strange and familiar, not himself, Bob lives inside an ooky, unsolvable world that mirrors our own ongoing fears, of surveillance, loss, and forgetting.

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6 Jul 2006 // 3:23 PM

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

The suits make for images so fascinating they feel nearly "addictive," appropriate given that the film is about (among other things), viewing, reality, and addiction.

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6 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Edge of Outside

As much as the lines between 'independent' and 'mainstream' movies seem impossibly blurred, the impulse to mark their difference appears irresistible.

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The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, PhD

It is so tastefully informative, well-written, and kindly, that you feel like you're having a cup of tea with a brilliant friend who studies the varieties of sociopathy the way one might memorize every breed of rose.

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6 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Why We Fight (2005)

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson observes, 'I sometimes think many American leaders in civilian clothes would love to have Doberman pinschers whom they could release on eth world and then put back in their cages. They don't like the Dobermans to have PhDs and question their decisions.'

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Yan's protagonist, Eugene, is a wonderful cipher for the aloof, oft-misguided paranoia that characterizes so many twentysomethings carving out a life for themselves in the 21st century.

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6 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Coup + T-Kash and Iselyfe + Nuclear Family

The Coup enjoys a reputation as one of rap music's most militantly political bands. Of course, Boots Riley also wants a revolution you can dance to.

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6 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Evangelicals: So Gone

The Evangelicals are making up their own sport, with the rules slowly coming along.

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Hitchcock's 'Suspicion', 'I Confess' and 'The Wrong Man' Return in Blu-ray

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"These three films on DVD from Warner Archives showcase different facets of Alfred Hitchcock's brilliance.

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