Reviews

18 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Separate Lies (2005)

Minute for minute, the film has more angst, betrayal, and guilt than most daytime soaps muster in a year.

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Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) - PopMatters Film Review
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The film doesn't cover up the difficulties of losing, even when showing the exultation of winning. All these kids, all their experiences, matter.

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18 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Face (2004)

The same lyrical invention that propels Face's narrative also serves as a stark lesson in the importance of solid plotting.

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18 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Fog (2005)

As usual, the child is the one with a clue; as soon as Andy sees the digital fog rolling in, his eyes go wide and he murmurs, 'It wants us.'"

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	Various Artists: Blue Sueños

Finally, a 'chill out' compilation that does just that-- and rewards listening, too.

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	Tony Yayo: Thoughts of a Predicate Felon

These big-budget CDs are interesting for the same reasons we go see the summer blockbuster: to check out this year's latest special effects introduced in basically the same story we watched last summer.

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17 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Heiko Voss: Two Sides

Two Sides undoubtedly represents a committed personal statement for Herr Voss. It's just not a very focused statement.

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17 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	dios (malos): dios (malos)

Hawthorne, California's dios (malos) create a rich set of pop songs, but leave their hijinks and quirks behind due to producer Phil Ek's indie-pop knob twiddling.

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	Dead Can Dance: Memento: The Very Best of Dead Can Dance

When taken in context with the entire Dead Can Dance catalog, the third US retrospective seems unnecessary and designed solely to line the coffers.

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	Bloc Party: Silent Alarm Remixed

Finally, new Bloc Party material. Hey, wait a second...

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	Boards of Canada: The Campfire Headphase

Boards of Canada gathers listeners around for a powwow at The Campfire Headphase.

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17 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Metric

are no longer 'just-sorta' political popskotchers; they've become full-fledged activist musicians. And they ain't bad...

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The Legend of Zelda: The Complete Animated Series

Zelda, when not accompanying Link on Triforce retrieval missions or being kidnapped, is bafflingly obsessed with cleaning the castle.

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17 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie

Though Rushdie is rigid in his opinions, he is not judgmental when it comes to his characters.

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The Longest Yard: Widescreen Collector’s Edition (2005)

Given the prison's largely nonwhite population, Paul's friendship with Caretaker (Chris Rock) is invaluable in assembling the team.

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16 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jake Shimabukuro: Dragon

The ukulele virtuoso shows why he is a perfect ambassador for the Aloha State to the rest of the world. Now it's time for the Mainland to catch up.

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	Tim Ries: The Rolling Stones Project

Raise your hand if you've been hankering for a set of jazzified Rolling Stones covers.

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	Andrew Pekler: Strings + Feedback

There's 'experimental', and there's 'unlistenable'. And Pekler's tortured electronic sounds are both.

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	George Jones: Hits I Missed… And One I Didn’t

Very strong voice after all these years on very strong covers makes the Possum's latest a very pleasing, enjoyable, repeatable listen.

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16 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Deadly Snakes: Porcella

A soundtrack for both the hungry and the overfed; this is soul food.

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