Reviews
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)

Though Ben is gruff and finds it difficult to cuddle up with his adorable daughter, the movie gives him good (or least movie-like) reason.

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Pop Montréal: Day 2 and 3 Featuring Antony and The Johnsons, CocoRosie, The Forms, and Big Bear

My original plan was an ambitious one, but then a nasty cold front descended. What to do?

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Rip It Up and Start Again: Post-Punk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds

Focusing primarily on British and American music between 1978 and 1984, Reynolds emphasizes the idea that the glossed-over post-punk years were not marginal to the history of rock: they actually spawned a range of sounds that were more revolutionary than punk itself and that left a far more significant legacy, laying the foundations for the subsequent emergence of alternative music in all its myriad forms.

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21 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (1983)

Rarely does a director's cut reflect a vision 'truer' to a source text. But, like most everything else surrounding the picture, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel is quite an anomaly.

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	Various Artists: Hurry Home Early: The Songs of Warren Zevon

A bevy of relatively unknown artists take on the works of Warren Zevon in this collection for Zevon fans who want a tribute album that doesn't include Adam Sandler.

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	Gretchen Wilson: All Jacked Up

Gretchen Wilson is precisely the sort of potentially great performer that country music needs.

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	Silver Jews: Tanglewood Numbers

Drinking beer to review records to drink beer to.

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20 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Joe Strummer: Walker

Strummer's soundtrack for Alex Cox's 1987 Western -- his first solo endeavor after the Clash disbanded -- is reissued for the first time since it went out of print.

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20 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Sacha Perry: Eretik

Classic Bebop piano with an amazing density of piano texture and a passionate commitment... righteous stuff of timeless validity, and the man is real.

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	Mew: And the Glass Handed Kites

Prog rock dynamics with easily digestible pop song lengths might make American rock fans spring for a European import.

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20 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	DJ Koze: Kosi Comes Around

Anyone who feels safe with a solidly circumscribed conception of what a Kompakt artist sounds like should hear Koze, because while there is definitely much of the label's trademark microhouse, there is also so much more than that.

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	Dee Dee Bridgewater: J’ai Deux Amours

Flint, Michigan great extends herself across the ocean for an eclectic and daring album of Parisian jazz.

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	Broadcast: Tender Buttons

Their new music matches their stripped-down look.

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20 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bush: Zen X Four [DVD]

Maybe Bush wasn't groundbreaking or particularly memorable, but the band deserves better than this incomplete, slapdash cash-grab of a DVD.

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Pop Montréal: Kickoff and Day 1: Featuring Annie, Telefauna, Kickers, Tommorow’s Friends, and E

Lessons Learned: schedules will be broken, stamina for both work and concert-going is in short supply, and sometimes you find surprises in unlikely places.

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Cosmos: 25th Anniversary Edition

Carl Sagan is a man of immense verbal power. His phrases are carefully chosen, his analogies focused and fascinating.

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The Last Duel: A Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager

Jager's medievalism for the masses does a commendable job of filling in the gaping spaces around what is a precariously narrow focus for a legitimate book-length study.

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The Warriors: Ultimate Director’s Cut (1979)

The documentary DVD explores every detail of production and Hill's vision, so that the film, for this writer becomes something altogether new.

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20 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Diabolik and Eva rob from the old, snaggle-toothed, and ugly, as if their precarious self-esteem demands they humiliate those less genetically fortunate.

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19 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Senor Coconut: Coconut FM

This is not just an indigenous reaction to previously established flavors of house and techno -- this is what happens when native musicians use electronic means of production to influence their own native idioms.

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Truth and Other Restrictions: 'True Detective' - Episode 7 - "Black Maps and Motel Rooms"

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"Series creator Nic Pizzolatto constructs the entire season on a simple exchange: death seems to be the metaphysical wage of knowledge.

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