Reviews

3 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Rocked with Gina Gershon (2004): Gina Gershon

Gina Gershon's made quite a name for herself as a B-movie actress.

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Reba: The Complete First Season

Reba happily infuses the character 'Reba Hart' with the star's own perkiness and sweet spirit.

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The 4400: The Complete First Season

The 4400 intimates that most of the returnees' integration problems boil down to fear approximating a post-9/11 'dread of difference'.

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Boy Meets World: The Complete Second Season

How did Boy Meets World manage to stay on the air for seven years?.

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Wild at Heart: Special Edition (1990)

'The most rewarding thing about working with David,' says cinematographer Frederick Elmes, 'is helping him see the vision through.'"

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How to Steal a Million (1966)

When Simon enters the picture, it doesn't take much (a few batted eyelashes and Audrey Hepburn in a nightie) for him to overlook her father's crimes.

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	Various Artists: This is Indie Rock: The Best Bands You’ve Never Heard

Many of these songs make no impression whatsoever -- which smothers the genuine gems.

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2 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

Neil Young: Greatest Hits

As a one-disc career-spanning compilation, Greatest Hits manages well, even if the two-disc retrospective Decade (1977) offers more in-depth analysis.

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	Snow Patrol: Live at Somerset House: August 8th 2004 [DVD]

When a band really succeeds live, they have the power to take the audience on a trip. Whether you’re front row or 100 yards away,

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2 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Plush: Underfed

Billed as a companion piece to 2002’s Fed, Underfed might actually serve better as an introduction to that album, which heretofore was officially released on

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	The Panoply Academy: Everything Here Was Built to Break

This release combines two of my favorite rock music collecting quirks: bands with names that change like snowshoe hares, and odds ‘n’ sods compilations. Superficial

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2 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Necrophagist: Epitaph

Death metal, when at its best, is one of the more fascinating styles in heavy metal. Its tight, extremely rigid arrangements, accented by dizzying flourishes

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	The Hives: Barely Legal / A.K.A. I.D.I.O.T. EP

The closest thing the Hives approach is -- to nick a phrase from Grant Morrison -- a kind of Zen Fascism.

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2 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Aqueduct: Pistols at Dawn

The Pistols at Dawn EP from Tulsan-turned-Seattleite David Terry (aka Aqueduct) bundles a schizophrenic blast of emotions in an album’s worth of hip production

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30 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

The audience is invited to reassemble the diverse strands of conflicting pictorial information and synthesize their own meaning out of it.

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30 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

One of the most charming aspects of the work is that it tells a wonderful, engaging story without falling back on gender stereotypes.

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30 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

The ending of the story radically redefines its boundaries, turning what had seemed to be a series of single-issue, comic vignettes into a surreal psychological study.

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28 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Simpsons Christmas 2

The Simpsons has flown below the radar, with the freedom of a cult show and the luxuries of a mass audience.

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28 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Home Movies, Season One

The animation serves one of the most impressive aspects of the show's first season: the fact that it was largely improvised.

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Nói albinói (Noi the Albino) (2003)

The desolate comedy made by this group of not-strictly professionals is extraordinary, in large part because, as Kári says, it asks viewers to 'use their own imaginations'.

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