Reviews

2 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

South

You'd think having a song or two on TV would go miles to getting your name and sound into the great unwashed, but it hasn't. Why the hell not?

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Body Brokers: Inside America’s Underground Trade in Human Remains by Annie Cheney

Morbid curiosity drives our interest, and there is plenty of disturbing subtext involving doctors who substitute PVC pipe for bones and freezers overflowing with headless, limbless torsos.

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2 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Slackers: Peculiar

The Slackers establish a new benchmark for modern ska. And it's not just for the skankers.

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Deadstring Brothers: Starving Winter Report

It took Stones to make this record.

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2 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rahim: Ideal Lives

Rahim is something of a rarity -- a good band now that promises to get even better later.

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2 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Guitar: Tokyo

How did such a lovely-sounding experiment turn into rudimentary trip-hop with fancy guitars?

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Ben Goldberg: The Door, the Hat, the Chair, the Fact

Tenderness and meditative beauty, from the legit chamber music fringe of jazz.

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2 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Black Keys: Chulahoma

One of the best blues musicians ever, covered by one of the only bands to do him justice.

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Anouar Brahem: Le Voyage de Sahar

The sound is spacious, but appropriately warm for an album meant to evoke the desert of Northern Africa and which, instead, evokes no one place, no one genre, and no one time.

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The Boy Least Likely To: The Best Party Ever

I'd challenge the sourest cynic to sit through the album's 12 songs without breaking into a smile.

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1 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Ultimate Rivalry

Red Sox vs. Yankees comes off as little more than an ill-conceived plan to exploit our collective love of a suddenly downtrodden rivalry for monetary gain.

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King of the Hill: The Complete Season Six

King of the Hill: The Complete Sixth Season, like the last few Hill DVD sets, suffers from underappreciation, yet it's one of the few recent sitcoms worth talking about.

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I Love Lucy: The Complete Sixth Season

In the end, the grind was just too great, though I Love Lucy was still the number one show when it closed up shop.

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Dinosaurs: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Whereas Dinosaurs' message-based storytelling would have seemed preachy in the mouths of live-action performers, a seven-foot tall Megalosaurus can get downright nasty when inveighing on the ills of modern, er, prehistoric society.

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1 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Warrior (2005)

The warrior tries to lose himself in the Himalayas, where, director Asif Kapadia says, they used fans to blow sand, which clogged machinery and nostrils: 'I will not be doing a sandstorm shoot again in a hurry, I tell you.'"

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Kenny Rogers: Legend of the Gambler (1980, 1983, 1987)

The movies echo the original tune, an odd combination of existential weariness and jaunty bravado, via buddy-movie heroics and a surprisingly hard-edged family melodrama.

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1 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Family Stone (2005)

In trying to balance the competing forces of farce and pathos, the film is at times funny and moving, though there are so many characters and subplots that some get lost in the shuffle.

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1 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Delicatessen (1992)

There is always something to look at in this film, even in the unsavory parts.

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1 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

Kinky Boots (2006)

Chiwetel Ejiofor is the reason to see Kinky Boots. Always charismatic and compelling, he is here also fabulous.

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1 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee's fingers still sting the ivories, even if, these days, there's not a whole lotta shakin' going on.

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