Reviews

10 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Vivian Green: Vivian

Vivian Green declares her independence from the men in her life. She's dressed for the occasion in her leopard skin print bikini. It's time to make some money.

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10 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Decahedron: 2005

The latest slice of audio/video propaganda from the founding members of the Frodus Conglomerate International presents a spastic post-hardcore group on the verge of doing great things.

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10 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Baker forces the reader to confront these terrible images and leaves no room to distance oneself from the pain his characters experience.

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The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Second Season

While Barney's marginality reinforces Andy's norm by contrast, their coupledom is consistent.

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10 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Average Joe: The Joes Strike Back

The final competition involved words and sentiment, shifting the advantage to Nathan, despite a tropical location that favored Rocky's fit physique.

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Chaucer: Ackroyd’s Brief Lives by Peter Ackroyd

But we don't remember Chaucer for his contributions to English governance, we remember him as perhaps the single most significant architect of the modern English language.

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Alexander: Director’s Cut (2004)

Oliver Stone calls his Alexander 'a new genre, a masculine-feminine action figure,' more like Monty Clift and James Dean than Russell Crowe.

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X-Ray Spex: Germ Free Adolescents

This reissued, oft-overlooked punk classic has never sounded more relevant.

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	Faris Nourallah: King of Sweden

An assured solo outing from one half of the Nourallah Brothers. The potential for greatness is here.

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	Allison Moorer: The Definitive Collection

This compilation chronicles Moorer's career prior to the decidedly rebellious The Duel. As The Definitive Collection illustrates, she was always an outsider.

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	Peter Grummich: Switch Off the Soap Opera

Peter Grummich is a master manipulator of minimalist mélange. He busts out some solid beats, too.

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	Lauren Ellis: Feels Like Family

This is not the 1970s, and being a 'woman in rock' is not an end in itself.

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9 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Frank Black: Honeycomb

Is Black's 'Nashville record' the final rehabilitative step in a 12-step program for artistic ordinariness?"

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9 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

'This is the last night of our tour, so we're stripped down... we're... inoculated.'

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9 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Inked / Miami Ink

What was once a symbol of rough trade is now trendy.

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9 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Psychonauts

Admirably, the writing in Psychonauts succeeds not with non sequitur lines or potty humor, but with clever puns and jokes fully integrated into both the gameplay universe and narrative.

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The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha by Stephen

Asma forces us to examine what areas of faith and secular life are inseparable from our identities, and in so doing he becomes an interesting counterpoint to the normal hero of the travelogue.

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9 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

When Landlady works in tandem with her husband, they form a stunning and loving pair of fighters, old school and raucous at the same time.

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9 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Fruit of Paradise (1970)

Chytilová starts by asking an interesting question: isn't it rational to eat from the tree of knowledge?"

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