Reviews

24 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

Shopgirl (2005)

Director Anand Tucker insists his film is not about the glitzy L.A. It is, instead, about an L.A. populated with 'ordinary people just like you and me, getting on with their lives.'"

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24 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Net (2004)

I only feel comfortable reiterating Kaczynski's arguments by framing him as the result of an experiment gone wrong in the state-sanctioned exercise of force.

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Image Before My Eyes: A History of Jewish Life in Poland Before the Holocaust (2004) - PopMatters Fi

The film distills its photos, films, recordings, and narratives into a profoundly potent and heartrending vision of lost European Jewry.

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24 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

Casanova (2005)

This would be the cleaned-up, wearisome, supposedly romantic version of the notorious Casanova.

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24 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

Aeon Flux (2005)

The writers' commentary track is smart, instructive, and funny. The film is less so.

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24 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

'The Bat-man of Gotham' is real and very human, but also very mysterious and in one sequence of this story, even mystical.

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24 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Tinariwen

thumb the low bass strings and simultaneously pick and twang the higher notes, masterfully demonstrating the link between the Mississippi Delta and the Saharan sands.

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Ron Sexsmith + Kathleen Edwards

Ron Sexsmith used to dream about one day headlining Massey Hall, so much so that for years he declined offers to open for other artists at the venue. Now his day has finally come...

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24 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

What About Brian

At one point, a frustrated Marjorie screamed at Brian, 'Don't Brian me!' I have no idea what that means.

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24 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Shalom in the Home

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's self-help reality series means to dissect the dilemmas facing the new nuclear family, looking for ways to stave off misunderstandings and other meltdowns.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer

Foer writes on these tragedies with wide-eyed sincerity, undiffused optimism, and his heart on sleeve, without venturing into the mawkish.

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Bruce Springsteen: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

A folk tribute to Pete Seeger that's about a thousand times as fun as that description might suggest, We Shall Overcome is also an album as American as apple pie, baseball and Bruce Springsteen.

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24 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Candi Staton: His Hands

Even if Staton had lived the life of Little Mary Sunshine, the ache in her vocals would make one believe that she has suffered. Just one "ooh", "aah", or "mmm" would turn anyone into a believer.

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Michel Camilo: Rhapsody in Blue

Paying tribute to Gershwin and being backed by a large orchestra doesn’t detract from Michel Camilo’s spirited performances on the ivories.

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24 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gecko Turner: Guapapasea!

He's so cool that he can groan, "How come you do me like you do me?" and sound as if he's saying something meaningful, even intriguing.

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Various Artists: Bay Area Funk 2

Fifteen rare and underground funk and soul tracks recorded in the Bay Area during the '60s and '70s. If that description sounds good, the album sounds better.

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Boyracer: A Punch Up the Bracket

Still think mohawks and boots are punk rock? Not compared to making music entirely on your own terms.

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Monty Alexander: Concrete Jungle: The Music of Bob Marley

The Jamaican jazz pianist takes on Marley, again.

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Santana: Santana III (Legacy Edition)

Vintage, high-energy, Latino psych-jazz-rock still sounds good 35 years on. Now, how do you suppose percussionist Thomas "Coke" Escovedo got his nickname?

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	The Velvet Underground: Under Review [DVD]

Yes, it would have been nice if the Velvet Underground had made 10 million dollars, but it's even better that they made music that still influences people today.

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