Reviews

29 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Inheritance (2003)

In Ulrich Thomsen's brilliantly minimalist performance we see the dissolution of a weak man, a man unable to muster the self-possession necessary to control his own destiny.

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29 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Girl from Monday (2004)

In the film's America, the government has been replaced by an advertising firm.

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29 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

The movie evokes no clear reaction to its violence -- no fear, no pity, no outrage -- because we don't identify with anyone on screen.

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The Beautiful Country (2004)

Here, as elsewhere, the film shows Binh's experience in lyrical, subtle, often extraordinary imagery.

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	Various Artists: -40: Canadian Propaganda Films of the 1940’s Reworked

The raw materials assembled herein are not merely songs, vocal snippets and video clips, but the very national heritage of Canada itself, spliced and reworked to create new meaning in a new era.

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	The Penetrators: Basement Anthology: 1976-84

Syracuse, NY's 'Kings of Basement Rock' finally get their day in the sun... 20 years late, but better late than never.

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	Megadeth: Greatest Hits: Back to the Start

Dave Mustaine has put together his second career retrospective in five years, but this time, with a little help from his fans.

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28 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Great Lake Swimmers: Great Lake Swimmers

The aural equivalent of a quiet late-summer night spent sitting in the backyard with only a cool breeze, the crickets, and your regrets to keep you company.

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28 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Al Green: Back Up Train

By no means does this brief, half-hour album musically measure up to Green's unparalleled '70s work, but because Green became the artist he did, it's an interesting document nonetheless.

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	June Carter Cash: Keep on the Sunny Side—June Carter Cash: Her Life in Music

Keep on the Sunny Side is the poignant story, told through her own music, of the life of June Carter Cash. No longer playing second fiddle in the shadow of the Man in Black, Cash emerges from the 'ring of fire' as a woman who walked the line between southern traditions and feminist rebellion.

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28 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Beth Nielsen Chapman: Look

The big-ballad songwriter extraordinaire delivers a solo record spanning several styles.

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28 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

Johnny Cash: The Legend

Johnny Cash was a punk, but the best kind of punk. The Legend proves that Cash can show both love and hate, and fear God with equal passion, and do so with honesty, intelligence, integrity, and class.

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28 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Blusom: The Metapolitan

Blusom has created something wholly original on The Metapolitan which simultaneously evokes feelings of joy, loneliness, and just a touch of something dark and weird under the surface.

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28 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Law Firm

David E. Kelley used to rail against reality television. He argued that it was putting writers out of work and played to viewers' basest instincts. So much for that high road.

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Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam by Paul Clayton

In this novel, Paul Clayton pulls off the remarkable feat of being resoundingly anti-war yet simultaneously pro-troops.

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The Dreams of Sparrows (2004)

Director Hayder Mousa Daffar had a dream, to make a documentary about his Iraq. Not, he says, the Iraq that he sees 'on the internet, on the news... bombs and explosions', but a country where people lived, and survived, and aspired for more.

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28 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Acacia (2003)

Director Ki-Hyung Par considers Acacia his personal statement on adoption in Korea.

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	Luke Vibert: Lover’s Acid

Beware of a bad trip -- Lover's Acid is Luke Vibert on autopilot.

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	20 Minute Loop: Yawn + House = Explosion

On 20 Minute Loop's new album, the band imagines what it would be like if the New Pornographers combined forces with Boston.

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27 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	S.E.V.A.: S.E.V.A.

The project is an attempt to approach themes of a self-conscious spiritual nature through the medium of instrumental hip-hop.

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