Reviews

28 Jul 2006 // 8:30 AM

Skye: Mind How You Go

Skye was Morcheeba to some people, so it should come as no surprise that her solo album tends to stay with part of her past

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Tucker Must Die (2006)

Starting with the fact that its 'high school students' look closer to 30 than 16, John Tucker Must Die is a film out of joint.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Scoop (2006)

Allen once channeled Bergman in Interiors and Fellini in Stardust Memories, but in Scoop, he commits a more self-indulgent crime, paying tribute to his own works.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Scoop (2006)

If Scoop has a theme, submerged beneath its poor plotting, clumsy editing, and reductive characterizations, deception might be it.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Miami Vice (2006)

Gong Li's face and form are made for this: she absorbs the movie's energies and just like that, it hardly matters what Crockett or Tubbs thinks he's doing.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Los Lonely Boys: Sacred

Go ahead and hate me for loving this, but it's too well-done and adorable not to be loved.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

30 Days - Season 1

A mix of entertaining personal stories and informational segments that address larger issues, this is reminiscent of the better moments of Michael Moore's The Awful Truth -- only with a more charismatic host.

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Raul Malo: Youre Only Lonely

You're Only Lonely has the makings of a great record, but the truth is, something is missing. While this is not a bad record, and a few cuts are very good, the results are more dream inducing than dreamy.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rude Boy (1979)

Rude Boy does little more than remind us of the Clash's greatness; as such, it's a cinematic failure but a musical necessity.

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Michael Franti & Spearhead: Yell Fire!

Slipping into genre stereotypes should sound a warning bell for the artist's career, and it's a shame, because Michael Franti's message, even if it is overly idealistic, should be welcomed when war is an unfortunate reality.

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Heidi Mortensen: Wired Stuff

In every sense, Mortenson's twisted girrl-pop is uncompromising. This is the soundtrack to Christina Aguilera's nightmares.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Al-Andalus: Alchemy

And yet, as the album went on, I began to realise that there was something of substance here...

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Purple City: The Purple Album

For rappers this bad to sell that much, somebody had to work their ass off.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Erase Errata: Nightlife

Unlike many bands today that are taking cues from older bands, Erase Errata really know how to be influenced without having the influence take over their sound.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Asobi Seksu: Citrus

After languishing for over 10 years as a frequently cited, rarely performed influence on an entire generation of bands, shoegaze appears to be a viable genre again.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

A Scanner Darkly

Hallucination is not a private matter; it is a a subjective reality, backed with the force of unyielding belief, and it can become consensus reality.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Chappelles Show: The Lost Episodes

Hearing that Chappelle was worried about who was laughing and why is upsetting. His comedy had always seemed "inclusive," making racism "safe" to explore in front of mixed audiences.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Blue Iguana (1988)

Holloway walks a fine line between action hero and total cheeseball. He charms women as easily as he guns down bad guys, and never sullies his clothes.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Knife: Silent Shout

As a place of medieval, dark mystery, Sweden now has now found a trusty, oddly appropriate soundtrack in Silent Shout, a psychopathic amalgam of all things Scandinavian, tossed into one big kettle boiled down liquid form, and then knocked back like a shot of ice cold Hallands Flader.

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Nobody & the Mystic Chords of Memory: Tree Colored See

Psyche-leaning electronica and trippy cowboy tunes go together like peanut butter and chocolate, but how about some stronger beats?

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