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Death Cab for Cutie: Directions

Music videos as a companion to CDs? It just might work...

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17 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Eternals #1

Jack Kirby had a knack for creating heady, mind-bending concepts dressed in superhero clothing, and Neil Gaiman simply refines this already brilliant material with sharp dialogue and characterization, while weaving it into a modern context.

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Yann Andrea Steiner by Marguerite Duras

'Like all men, every day, even if only for a few instants, you become a killer of women.' Whose rage is she describing? With outstanding writing like this, it doesn't matter.

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17 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM

Jack Kirby had a knack for creating heady, mind-bending concepts dressed in superhero clothing, and Neil Gaiman simply refines this already brilliant material with sharp dialogue and characterization, while weaving it into a modern context.

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Bonnaroo 2006: The Journey

High above the ground with tons of machinery in tow, I don't have blind spots -- I am blind.

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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tsotsi (2005)

Director Gavin Hood says, "Tsotsi is literally on a track that he can't get off of, right down the center of the frame, with the city like a huge character that's indifferent behind him."

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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Day of the Animals (1977)

An excellent slice of schlock made even meatier by the pseudo-social message and the acting chops of those involved.

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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The World Series of Pop Culture

Unfortunately, The World Series of Pop Culture is less a test of trivia knowledge than a test of viewer patience.

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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

DJ Logic: Zen of Logic

DJ Logic returns to the instrumental turntablism game with an album that is stubbornly eclectic, tough to feel and even harder to comprehend.

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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cex: Actual Fucking

Cex's Rjyan Kidwell goes back to indie rockin'. Think Maryland Mansions, except less depressing.

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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Casey Driessen: 3-D

This record changes everything. Witness a free-wheeling Americana near masterpiece.

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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Unai: A Love Moderne

The second album from Swedish producer Erik Möller dares you to laugh at its Eurodisco take on romance, then sucker-punches you with genuine emotion.

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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Agent Sparks: Red Rover

"This is only going to break my heart," Agent Sparks singer Stephanie Eitel sings on "Mr. Insecurity". And that's exactly what this mediocre album is going to do with expectant indie fans.

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Pieces of a Dream: Pillow Talk

It's never a good sign when you half expect every song to suddenly be interrupted with a voice saying "Your call is very important to us, and a representative will be with you shortly."

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14 Jul 2006 // 4:00 PM

Love Parade Part 2: The Review

When we arrive, the crowd is filled equally by exhibitionists, gawkers, partiers, and tourists. It started an hour ago, and there's already broken glass everywhere.

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14 Jul 2006 // 4:00 PM

Love Parade Part 1: The Rant

More than 100,000 people danced in the Love Parade in 1994. In 1999, it was 1.5 million. And then it all just kind of... died. So, can it be reborn?

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14 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Cars

We are finally getting to the point where controlling the avatar on-screen is actually like taking on the role of the movie's protagonist.

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14 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Omen (1976)

For many, The Omen represents the final film in Hollywood's unofficial 'Devil Trilogy', a look at the rising cultural interest in Satanism that began with Rosemary's Baby (1968), and blossomed with the genre classic The Exorcist (1973).

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Adored: A New Language

The Adored's eagerly anticipated debut album is a vibrant mixture of wry social observation and catchy hooks that packs a hugely entertaining punch.

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The Hidden Blade (Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume) (2004)

Katagiri's masculine code is being replaced by an economy premised on gunpowder and shot.

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