Reviews

29 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Winter Soldier (1972)

The men in Winter Soldier stepped forward, spoke truth to power, sought to expose policies and expectations that had gone terribly wrong.

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29 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Date Movie (Unrated) (2004)

Date Movie is not the spoof it seemingly aspires to. Rather, it's but a dreadfully long catalog of references to other infinitely superior movies.

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26 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Proposition (2005)

Nick Cave's The Proposition blends equal parts Walkabout and Sergio Leone's grim atmospherics to illustrate the brutality of imperialism.

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26 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Proposition (2005)

Signaling death and dryness, the flies also mark transitions from one location to another: everywhere, it seems, someone is dead or dying.

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X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

It's a superhero movie, so all these choices involve massive destruction -- buildings disintegrating, fireballs flying, bodies detonating.

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26 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Continues the evolution of an iconic character without betraying the fans, creators, and continuity that was established before.

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26 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Guns N’ Roses

G'N'F'N'R, baby. Here we F'N go.

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We Are Billion Year Old Carbon: A Tribal-Love-Rock-Novel Set in the Sixties on an Outpost Planet Cal

It's like a psych-rock album, reveling in its pretensions and subverting the dominant systems (in this case, narrative linearity) as it breaks the form.

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The Politics of Small Things: The Power of the Powerless in Dark Times by Jeffrey C. Goldfarb

Goldfarb examines the day-to-day connections between people that help them escape isolation, loneliness and despair, the very things Arendt identifies as seeds of the terror that totalitarianism reaps.

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Quasi: When the Going Gets Dark

An album of political frustration and rage from the duo, Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss.

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Charalambides: A Vintage Burden

Sparse, delicate and fragile: this serenely hushed free-folk offering contains more genuinely psychedelic moments than most of its overdriven, fuzz-drenched peers ever manage.

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Villalobos, Ricardo: Salvador

Bringing 'dance' to the physically inept, with an eye on Art.

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The Futureheads: News and Tributes

The Futureheads provide the sort of control that leads to recklessness.

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26 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Court and Spark: Hearts

Yet another set of songs in the key of moody California Americana from a band that decided not to stray too far from the comforts of formula.

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26 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Natacha Atlas: Mish Maoul

Atlas' gorgeous voice presides over the entirety of Mish Maoul, imbuing these songs with a prayerful authenticity that transcends the genre.

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John Long: Lost and Found

Thirty years a young white bluesman, a solid belated debut for John Long

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Romica Puceanu and The Gore Brothers: Sounds From A Bygone Age: Vol. 2

Romica Puceanu never made a name for herself outside Romania, which is fine for the Romanians but harsh on the rest of us. We've been missing out.

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T-Bone Burnett: Twenty Twenty: The Essential T-Bone Burnett

It doesn’t matter if you know any of the songs: hyphen or not, good music is simply good music. Here’s to a career that’s been full of it.

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	Teddy Pendergrass: Teddy! Live in ‘79 [DVD]

Teddy Pendergrass in concert is also Teddy Pendergrass at his best, because he's a performer who simply thrives on audience interaction.

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25 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Richard Hawley

Hawley's tunes bristle with experience and come soaked in impossible longing, leaving the listener open-mouthed and bursting with heated blood.

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