Reviews

7 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Sideways (2004)

Amid the road-tripping and the boy bonding, it is Maya who resonates at last.

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7 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Spanglish (2004)

Téa Leoni sees the script as an example of Brooks' ability to 'pierce human truth and make it ooze for you'.

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7 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Elektra (2005)

Even as she might look toward a future, however, Elektra is all about the past.

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7 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Corporation (2004)

The film argues that today, corporations are the planet's dominant institution, such that their welfare, as individuals, takes precedence over all else.

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7 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Closer (2004)

This leads to titillation, judgment, desire, and commerce all around. How Howard Stern.

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	Various Artists: Acoustic Brazil

Some breezy bossanova to complement your Getz and Gilberto. And liner notes in three languages.

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	Various Artists: Burn to Shine: Washington DC 01.14.2004 [DVD]

A snapshot of Washington, DC's music scene on a particular day in 2004. Ted Leo, Ian MacKaye, Bob Mould and others give intimate performances in an empty house soon to be burnt to the ground.

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	Yes: House of Yes: Live from the House of Blues [DVD]

If you can ignore Yes's somewhat ridiculous stage habits, and the confetti, you'll find that this semi-recent live DVD shows that progressive rock, at its best, can atone for its sins.

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	Tarentel: We Move Through Weather

This is not an album that rewards impatience. There are no grand movements or blustering climaxes. All motion is relative and gradual. Sounds wane and wax with the implacable inevitability of tidal forces.

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6 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

Rachid Taha: Tékitoi

In which the French-Algerian singer-songwriter pushes beyond any known conception of popular music to forge a music without boundaries. That it also happens to kick ass must be regarded as something of a bonus.

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6 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Shark Quest: Gods and Devils

Shark Quest's third album showcases the band's astonishing talent for writing and performing; sadly, this was not enough to prevent its invisibility on the musical landscape of 2004.

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	Shane MacGowan & the Popes: Live at Montreux 1995 [DVD]

Smile wide for the camera, Mr. MacGowan, and let the people see your pretty... oh, sweet merciful heavens...

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6 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Diana Krall: Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival [DVD]

It’s always been easy to be skeptical of Diana Krall, but the reasons to be skeptical keep evolving over the course of her career.

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	Dirty Projectors: The Getty Address

Good art impresses. Great art transforms. Unfortunately, The Getty Address is merely good art.

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	David-Ivar Herman Dune: Ya Ya

David-Ivar Herman Dune channels Jonathan Richman for the new (anti-) kids on the block. Recommended.

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	Aqualung: Strange and Beautiful

Aqualung is (unfortunately?) not a Jethro Tull cover band. It's more like what might happen if Coldplay had a brain.

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6 Apr 2005 // 3:00 PM

The feeling is recognizable and certain. Exhaustion. It's a great band, on autopilot.

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6 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

The simple truths hidden within this book make it an ideal gift for yourself or a friend who might feel ground down by this not-so-friendly world.

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6 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

While the technique is simple and almost child-like, Brown's sense of composition and perspective display artistic talent that might not be immediately apparent to all.

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6 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

The vampire has gone from unrepentant monster to hero and champion in a little over a hundred years.

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