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Thursday, January 2 2003

The Pianist (2002)

Confronted by one horror after another, Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is a startlingly original film protagonist.


Thursday, December 26 2002

Various Artists: A Cellarful of Motown!

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SR-71: Tomorrow

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Na Leo Pilimehana: Hawaiian Memories

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Missy Elliott: Under Construction

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Talib Kweli: Quality

Quality is filled with songs that are ripe for the radio, at least in an ideal world where radio paid any attention to songs.


Noam Chomsky: The New War on Terrorism: Fact and Fiction

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The Church: Parallel Universe

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Tori Amos: Scarlet’s Walk

Scarlet’s Walk cements Amos’s reputation, but it also seems like a homecoming from the more contrived work of her recent past. Complex, weighty, often brilliant, Scarlet’s Walk is the album that many a fan has been waiting for.


Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

Molly, Gracie, and Daisy's journey is mythic as much as it is historical.


Chicago (2002)

Watching Chicago is rather like watching a shot-for-TV music video by a neophyte director projected without thought or re-cutting straight to a movie screen.


Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Steven Spielberg's zippy new film is about the kind of 'truth' that might only be apprehended in its telling.


Monday, December 23 2002

‘Til Tuesday: Welcome Home

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Buddy Holly: Reminiscing

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Blonde Redhead: Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons

In the end, I was a damaged lemon in need of healing, and Blonde Redhead’s album offered me an empathetic treatment for my sadness. What a release.


The Pro

The truth, as Ennis sees it, is that these superheroes, and the escapist mentality they represent, are obsolete.


Hellfire and Brimstone

That's what this latest arc is all about: the ever-changing landscape of teenage relationships and instant celebrity status.


The Last Man

Takes a rather simple, and not entirely new, post-apocalyptic idea, and brings it into fresh territory.


You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers

I have mixed feelings about Dave Eggers. I stay up at night thinking about it.


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