Reviews

21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shadowboxer (2005)

While their profession is both odious and familiar, Mikey and Rose's sexual relationship is less commonplace.

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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

ATL (2006)

Chris Robinson says of Atlanta, "It's got a very negative history that it's trying to rewrite. It's a city in transition. I wanted Atlanta to definitely be a character that you can feel."

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Boys Briefs 4: Six Short Films About Guys Who Hustle (2006)

Gigolo demonstrates how the queer hustler -- tragic, romantic, and heroic -- still has the power to shock and to demand social change.

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

Eddie Izzard brings a whole other dimension to My Super Ex-Girlfriend, being wily and subversive rather than flamboyant.

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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lady in the Water (2006)

Story's whiter-than-white skin, bloody cuts, color-shifting hair, and need to keep wet make her a bizarre amalgamation of fantasies, alternately "male" and "childish."

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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Clerks II (2006)

The point of Clerks, either number, is talk -- speedy, competitive, clever banter that recalls, in its profane way, the rhythms of old Ben Hecht comedies.

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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Phish: Live in Brooklyn

A philosophical question: can one reach enlightenment through virtuosity and spectacle?

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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lenine: Lenine

On this U.S. collection of songs culled from his last three albums, Lenine steps in where the older generation of the Musica Popular Brasileira vanguard left off.

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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cheap Trick: Rockford

Cheap Trick had their best moments early in their 30-year history...until now. Rockford takes us back to a time when the entire album was worth the listen.

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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Think of One: Tráfico

Musical collectives are often hit and miss, but Think of One hits far more often than it misses.

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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

DJ Olive: Heaps As

Even the jokes of Tasmanian Devil cartoons are fresher than what you experience here.

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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Plaid: Greedy Baby

While Plaid has always excelled at percussive melodic sounds, the new album makes such natural, effective use of assorted xylophones, bells, and glockenspiels that it seemed an additional multi-instrumentalist had to be responsible.

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George Benson: The Essential George Benson

Looking back at the once and future king of jazz guitar, Bad Benson.

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Lambchop: The Decline of Country & Western Civilization Part II: The Woodwind Years

Aside from the occasional clunker, this album of b-sides, rarities, alternate takes, and unreleased tracks shows that Lambchop should be remembered primarily as a fine alt.country community, not some sock the late Shari Lewis wore on her hand.

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20 Jul 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Handsome Family

Death? Yes. Decay? Sure. Overturned shopping carts? Why not? A fruit plate? That's a little suspect.

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20 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Red Star

While the artwork's alluring and the universe compelling, there's little attempt to introduce the characters or ease off on the pronoun-happy nomenclature.

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Altman on Altman by David Thompson [editor]

Altman has quite an anecdotal history among his faithful. Any book that claims to dig deeper really has to deliver.

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20 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mary-Anne Paterson: Me

Folk singer issues album in 1970 to no acclaim, vanishes for over three decades until sudden recovery by dedicated loyalists -- no, it's not Vashti Bunyan, but it's still quite good.

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Dazed and Confused: Criterion Collection (1993)

Criterion's DVD appreciates the film itself, without trying too hard to analyze or understand it, thank god.

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20 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The War Tapes (2006)

'I'm not the media, damn it,' sighs Specialist Mike Moriarty, while also wondering whether 'there's any way to truthfully tell a story without putting a slant on it.'

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