Reviews

4 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (1994)

As a newcomer to anime and a skeptic of the video game movie genre, I was stunned at my enjoyment of this film.

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Super Monkey Ball Adventure

This is about breathing new life into a series via an expanded, developed one-player experience.

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

As much as Ricky Bobby's racing career is about going fast, it's even more cogently about products, lots of 'em.

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4 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

JPod by Douglas Coupland

What's missing from JPod altogether is a sense of the increasingly participatory nature of online culture.

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4 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Night Listener (2006)

Tapping into recent public outrages over writers who lie, The Night Listener's indictments are drearily unsubtle.

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4 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Descent (2005)

The crawly cave-beasts keep popping up in sudden soundtrack blasts, but Neil Marshall's half-baked ideas about betrayal and woman's capacity for savagery are simplistic and pretentious.

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Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes

Kricfalusi hopes that sales of the Ren & Stimpy DVDs will lead to a commercial rebirth, giving him the chance to make more episodes and release them on the digital format, untouched and uncensored.

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Primal Scream: Riot City Blues

Riot City Blues sounds like it's been made by a band on rock and roll autopilot. It's a record of pastiche pieces, without the sense of impending danger or collapse that makes truly great rock and roll so thrilling.

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4 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shawnna: Block Music

Chicago, Illinois, emcee Shawnna strikes again. So can a sista with a couple of hit singles get some love?

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Butch Walker: The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Lets-Go-Out Tonites

This album is the real deal, the shit, a modern masterpiece, and I don't use those terms lightly. It rocks from beginning to end with an arched eyebrow and a steamy sexuality.

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Old 97s: Hit By a Train: The Best of Old 97s

As an introduction to Old 97's, Hit by a Train simply can't be beat.

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Harvey Lindo: Kid Gloves - A Modaji Long Player

Dominic Jacobson takes a swing at hip-hop and scores with this well-balanced, deeply enjoyable treat. So why did Kid Gloves spend 2005 as a Japan-only import?

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The Tango Saloon: The Tango Saloon

You'd expect the descriptor cinematic to be applicable here, and the term certainly fits. The album also evokes a majestic and wide-screened collision between jazz, experimental, and ethnic folk music.

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4 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Brandtson: Hello, Control

At its core, it's a run-of-the-mill Brandtson record, but it's presented with such wide-eyed techno wonder you can't help but feel it creep into your skin a little more than it should.

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Béla Fleck & the Flecktones

Guitar gods are a dime a dozen, but jazz-banjo deities? Of those, there can be only one.

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The Class of 98: Touch This and Die

As a music reviewer, it’s hard to avoid preconceptions about a band as much as one may try to remain objective.  The Class

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The Charade: A Real Life Drama

Writing the unofficial theme for Sweden’s team at the World Cup didn’t have its desired effect. But The Charade hasn’t stopped thankfully.

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3 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

Sqad Up: We Do This

In an alternate universe, Sqad Up are triple-platinum on Cash Money Records.  We Do This is another release packed full of shit-talking New Orleans

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The City Drive: Always Moving Never Stopping

Singer/guitarist Danny Smith grew up in Pickering, Ontario—one of the industrial suburban towns to which Toronto is but a beacon of lights in

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The Happies: If We Were Really Here

Grazing press clips for Salt Lake City’s apparent finest, the Happies, I can agree with most writers on the owners of the footsteps the

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