Reviews

6 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Terminal (2004)

The saga of Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) is an apt reflection of what might be termed a global fear.

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6 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Smooth Talk (1985)

As he inhabits a movie based on a Joyce Carol Oates short story, Arnold is all kinds of metaphor.

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6 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Infernal Affairs (2002)

Infernal Affairs is endlessly stylish.

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6 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Horns and Halos (2002)

The real thrill of Horns and Halos is watching an upstart DIY publisher make a noticeable dent by championing what everyone else might see as a lost cause.

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	Various Artists: A Houseguest’s Wish: Translations of Wire’s ‘Outdoor Miner’

It would be foolish to suggest that a single song kicked off the entire dreampop sound that flourished during the late 80s and early ‘90s,

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	Various Artists: Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo

If you have to see just how well-loved and -respected Alejandro Escovedo is, just take a look at who gave their time to help out

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	Geraint Watkins: Dial ‘W’ For Watkins

Geraint Watkins has released three solo albums over 25 years, but don’t let the lack of solo material fool you. The “Celtic Cajun”, as he’

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	Wovenhand: Consider the Birds

The gothic hillbilly punk of his early 16 Horsepower work has given way to the more baroque sounds of later 16 Horsepower albums, and Edwards's latest project, Wovenhand.

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	Snoop Dogg: Bigg Snoop Dogg’s Puff Puff Pass Tour [DVD]

The filmmakers start to draw out a larger message: The Drug War was a second American Civil War, led by a racist Southern family named Bush, to re-imprison blacks and other minorities.

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5 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Miss Kittin: I Com

Gone are the allusions to coke-filled after parties and velvet ropes opening like eager draw bridges. Apparently life as Miss Kitten has been rougher than I might have imagined.

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	Ladysmith Black Mambazo: On Tip Toe

Filled with fascinating interviews and rife with moving music, the film outlines in a lucid and poetic manner the history of these high-profile South African cultural ambassadors.

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	Kaki King: Legs to Make Us Longer

The day that the world runs out of female coffee-house folk performers who evolve into folk pop artists will be the day the world ends.

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	The Exploding Hearts: Guitar Romantic

I’ve written four f**king reviews for this album already. No matter what I try, it still ends up being the central point. I

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5 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Eminem: Encore

It's his least funny album ever, but it's got some good beats, catchy hooks, and, of course, unparalleled assonance, meter, tempo, breff control, and especially rhyme.

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	Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Live at Montreux 1997 [DVD]

Emerson, Lake & Palmer never have to worry about their reunions tarnishing their legacy. There have been few bands as critically unloved as these monsters

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3 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Moolaadé (2004)

Understanding the political possibilities of film -- as a commercial as well as artistic medium -- Ousmane Sembene makes his case with color, song, and movement.

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3 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Jandek on Corwood (2004)

This documentary on defiantly obscure indie-rock cult figure Jandek reveals not so much the man-behind-the-myth, but rather, the myth-behind-the-myth.

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House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu) (2004)

While the men's trajectories seem well delineated, Mei's fate and meaning are both more opaque.

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3 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Closer (2004)

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

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Tango Nuevo

Tango nuevo got its start (as much as genres or styles get starts) in Argentina in the 1950s. Astor Piazzolla worked at this time to

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