Reviews

10 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Petulia (1968)

For its many commendable qualities -- qualities long recognized by a sizable cult of fans -- Petulia doesn't quite display cultural insight.

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10 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Deadwood: The Complete Second Season

For those who have taken the time to appreciate its oily charms, the subtle shifts in dynamics between the show's unreliable heroes and villains, and its unparalleled ensemble of character actors, Deadwood is one of the most arresting and original series in TV history.

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10 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM

It is not your typical superhero book, owing more to the works of Raymond Chandler and film noir than Lee and Kirby.

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Sufjan Stevens: The Avalanche

Sufjan Stevens's warmed-up leftovers are more creative, engaging, sophisticated, beautiful, and simply better than what most other musical acts have to offer with their A-list material.

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The Country Teasers: The Empire Strikes Back

Give me your racist clichés, your sexual shibboleths, your unspeakable taboos and sacred cows yearning to break free...

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10 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dabrye: Two/Three

On his latest release, producer Dabrye delves further into underground hip-hop and gets by with a little help from his friends.

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10 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Priestess: Hello Master

This rip-roaring debut by the Montreal band just might have mainstream rock fans asking for their nickels back.

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10 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pedro Luis Ferrer: Natural

The album of an honest man, who works without tricks or promises or loud bangs.

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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys: Turntable Matinee

Dance your tears away while the steel guitar plays and the band finds its groove.

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Billy Talent: Billy Talent II

Yeah, but how will it play outside of the Vans Warped Tour and the malls of America?

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7 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Once in a Lifetime by Gavin Newsham

In recounting the team's rise to prominence, Newsham mixes in numerous pop culture and historical references that help place this moment in time.

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7 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

We Jam Econo (2005)

If viewers of this film rush out in pursuit of Minutemen albums, the film will have accomplished its humble goal of paying tribute to one of the all-time great bands of the modern recording era.

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7 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM

If any current comic series is to become a film, Ex Machina should be it.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Slaid Cleaves: Unsung

Slaid Cleaves comes up smelling like roses again with this album, even if he had nothing at all to do with writing any of the material here.

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Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos is an adoring, disco-accompanied, bright-lighted look back at a brief moment when soccer was popular in the States.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matthew Herbert: Scale

Herbert has created music that is thoroughly fresh and consistently challenging, and, in today's culture, that feat alone is enough to earn the album the heartiest of recommendations.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Demented and punctuated by Depp's scowls and "oofs," Jack Sparrow's stunty bits are mostly amusing and sometimes even surprising.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shooting Dogs (2004)

Based on a true story and co-written by a BBC journalist who worked in Rwanda during the genocide, the film is an absorbing meditation on what men do in dark times.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Heading South (Vers le sud) (2005)

With their newfound sexual empowerment gradually eroded by disillusionment, the women are finally predictable.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Paul Oakenfold: A Lively Mind

A Lively Mind stutters slip-shod through its unoriginal sounds, even more disappointing as these are unoriginal even by Paul Oakenfold's standards.

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