Reviews

17 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

Natural City (2003)

They say imitation is the most valid form of adulation. If that's the case, then Ridley Scott and The Wachowski Brothers must be drowning in the sycophancy of this 2003 South Korean science fiction film.

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17 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Chess Players (Shatranj ki Khilari) (1977)

The Chess Players complicates historical narratives and takes an unflinching look at collusion between the colonizer and colonized elites.

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17 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

You can't merely wait for the man in the cape to swoop in and rescue the damsel, you have to be aware that drawings of capes and drawings of damsels are beyond swooping and saving, unless we find room for them in the stories we create for ourselves.

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17 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Miss Catwalk Tragedy 2006

The idiots are those who take it for what it is, right? So loosen up, hey. Don't take things so seriously. Bring on the naked goth chicks. After all, what's so wrong with the body beautiful?

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America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy by Francis Fukuyama

If there's a reason to read Francis Fukuyama's denouncement of neo-conservatism over any of the others than line the bookshelves, it's for the simple reason that he is, or at least was, one of them.

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Vernon Reid and Masque: Other True Self

Too many notes and too few tunes make Vernon Reid's third solo outing a difficult listen.

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17 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hard Candy (2005)

David Slade's film is discomforting, pressing at collective nerves exposed by any number of recent 'investigative reports' on child predators.

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People Under the Stairs: Stepfather

Stepfather, the latest album from the West Coast pair of Thes One and Double K, is a big step away from their previous works in many respects that somehow manages to leave them right where they've always been.

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Saffire—the Uppity Blues Women: Deluxe Edition

Sassy, brassy, ballsy (wrong gender, I know), funny -- the apt description to encapsulate Saffire -- the Uppity Blues Women. This compilation keeps it real... humorous.

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17 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matchbook Romance: Voices

Emo-punk band reinvents themselves into moody, orchestral rock, and it works -- for the most part.

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17 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Presets: Beams

Their songs stand as the direct antithesis to Classical conservatism. Unsophisticated, promiscuous, filthy, and hedonistic, the Presets make dance music so fun it's impossible to resist.

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17 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Seconds: Kratitude

'Second' band of YYY's Chase and Ex Models' Lehroff takes punk deconstruction to its logical extreme.

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17 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mimi Fox: Perpetually Hip

Mimi Fox is one of the umpteen jazz musicians you've never heard of who can play their way out of a sealed vault at the bottom of an ocean canyon.

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Dan Treanor and African Wind: Mercy

Instant recommendation for a John Peel memorial library, and just the thing for fans of the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test, who'll find music as well as nostalgia in this artful Blues/Blues-related miscellany.

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Spoon + The Rosebuds + The Specs

Jack Daniel's! Jack Daniel's! Jack Daniel's! Jack Daniel's!

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14 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Beat that My Heart Skipped (2005)

Caught between role models, Thomas gradually accepts a more "feminine" influence in his life that contrasts with the male-dominated world of his father.

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The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)

Mary Harron's smart new movie is less about Bettie Page than the many forces that made her 'notorious,' the moral hypocrisies and sexual repressions that shaped the '50s and persist today.

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14 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Even 27 years after the fact, Cheap Trick and Dream Police still hold up surprisingly well.

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14 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Our Brand is Crisis (2005)

In equating his unpopular, arrogant candidate with democracy, in reducing the democratic process to the often ruthless work of electioneering, James Rosner fails his own professed ideals.

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14 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lonesome Jim (2006)

Anika (Liv Tyler) is either an earthbound guardian angel or the Midwest's most voluptuously lipped stalker.

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