Reviews

21 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Film School

these boys look like they've had a crappy week...

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21 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Cheerleader Nation

If one of Cheerleader Nation's many home sequences had revealed that Terri and Amanda were mutant lizard sleeper agents waiting patiently for the return of V, I wouldn't have been at all surprised. Well, maybe a little.

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The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Fifth Season

The very concept of change was anathema to Mayberry, and the beginning of Season Five delivered a grim portent: Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) was replaced by his brother Goober (George Lindsey).

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Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can’t Be Made in the Blink of an Eye by Michael R. LeGault

'The logical outcome of reality TV is snuff movies,' warns LeGault, quoting the opinion of another analyst without any facts to merit this assumption.

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21 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Prix de beauté (1930)

Louise Brooks plays Lucienne as alternately stifled and aglow, a young girl only truly engaged when gazing at her own reflection, whether on the screen or in another's eyes.

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The Witnesses: Black Eyes and White Lies

There are thousands of no-frills rock bands in the New York City area, but the Witnesses might be the only ones you should care about.

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21 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Stereo Total: Juke Box Alarm

Berlin's Stereo Total, despite the bloops and blips, are most importantly students of classic rock and roll.

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Béla Fleck: Crossing the Tracks

Even when Béla Fleck was a mere tyke in the music industry, he was already starting to take his banjo on journeys off the bluegrass trail. Here's where his story begins.

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21 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

MC Lars: The Graduate

It's pretty amazing that someone presumably serious about launching a career as a rapper would publicly cite Weird Al as an influence. What do you make of that?

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Band of Horses: Everything All the Time

Still in their early stages, you can tell that the Horses have more to offer. Someday they’ll be at full gallop. Here, they're just at a trot.

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Cadence: Songs of Vice & Virtue

The high points of the album are very high indeed, and show the depth of Cadence's raw potential to succeed, but for every highlight there's a forgettable track blended in.

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Feathermerchants: Last Man On Earth

Soothing and powerful, this New York group makes sweeping and sometimes majestic pop songs with all the softness and delicate touches of a feather.

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Buckwheat Zydeco: 100% Fortified Zydeco

Hot accordion and organ playing, workin' the rubboard, snaky guitar lines... it's a beautiful thing.

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Over There: The Complete Series

By series' end, Smoke ('Sticky' Jones) comes to understand himself as a function of TV, revealing the complex interrelatedness of media and war, stateside and abroad.

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20 Mar 2006 // 3:00 PM

Paradise Now (2005)

How might efforts to fathom suicide bombers' motives make them too much like their potential victims -- that is, everyone else -- and thus unmake the difference that defines everyone else?"

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20 Mar 2006 // 3:00 PM

	Stereo Total, My Melody

Ah, more inspired Europop lunacy from Berlin’s finest, Stereo Total. Not much has changed since Stereo Total’s U.S. debut effort last year,

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20 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The stigma around the character of Captain America is that of a sort of dopey Boy Scout who is doggedly loyal to country and flag.

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20 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Stereolab + Espers

On the face of it, Stereolab and Espers seem odd acts to bill together. But, things are not always as off as they seem...

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20 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Miracle Workers

Perhaps the most objectionable aspect of Miracle Workers is its invocation of the charity model of disability management, conjoined with its lottery logic.

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Mind of Mencia: Uncensored Season 1

Menica's performance of jingoism can be amusing. Not terribly funny, but occasionally on target.

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