Reviews

18 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Society of Others by William Nicholson

The novel unintentionally answers one of modern literature's most puzzling questions: What if the characters in Generation X actually had to do something?"

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18 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers

The book is infused with the hope that travel can be revelatory and monumental; also hanging over these stories, however, is the depressing realization that you cannot run from your problem.

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18 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Colonel’s Dream by Charles W. Chesnutt

The novel is a literary treat in its examination of Southern culture and northern industrialism, the fall of the Southern aristocracy and the rise of a new middle class.

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Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age by John Biggs

It's partly a technical book, partly a detective novel, and partly a sociological treatise.

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17 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Vells: Flight From Echo Falls

A dazzling collection of spun sugar songs: though formulaic, The Vells polish up the nuts and bolts of an inherited legacy that they interpret with ease.

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17 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

Traband: Hyje!

A bunch of crazed Romany punk funk rebels in the Czech Republic just made of my favorite records of last year.

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	Archer Prewitt: Wilderness

Fourth release from Sea and Cake guitarist combines the folk song with chamber music, and the haunting vocal stylings of David Bowie with the melancholia of Nick Drake. And this, folks, is just his side project.

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17 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Eytan Mirsky: Everyone’s Having Fun Tonight!

It is a solid package of beguiling and bewitching pop.

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17 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Clive Gregson: Long Story Short

The veteran UK songwriter returns with an album of lively and graceful originals captured with the ease and intimacy of a live show, playing to his strengths as a guitarist and singer. Folky and from the heart, this is beautiful music born of guts and wit.

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17 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bluerunners: Honey Slides

Brush the crawdads off your squeezebox, it's zydeco time.

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17 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

ABC News Presents: The Search for Paul

It's intellectual vanilla pudding; pleasant enough while it's going down but nothing you'd ever crave.

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This So-Called Disaster (2004)

This So-Called Disaster is more impressionistic than comprehensive.

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17 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Species III (2004)

Following the law of diminishing returns, the straight-to-video Species III is the least effective entry in the trilogy.

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17 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Paparazzi (2004)

Bo stalks the paparazzi with an obsessiveness that trumps their stalking of him -- but it's okay, because he's defending his family.

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The Girl From Paris (2001)

The Girl From Paris details the ways that farming is lonely and difficult.

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17 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

First Daughter (2004)

This is the film's premise, that Sam's existence is simultaneously ideal and outrageous, typical and desirable.

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17 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Code 46 (2004)

According to screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, 'The 20th century was the Freud century, and the 21st century's going to be the genetics century.'"

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17 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Bandit Queen (1994)

The camera is as restless and as relentless as its object, Phoolan Devi.

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The Battle of Algiers: Criterion Collection (1967)

Things are never as simple as administrations would like us (and themselves) to believe.

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	Morcheeba: From Brixton to Beijing [DVD]

Of all the acclaimed groups birthed by the 'Bristol' trip-hop sound of the early '90s -- an exclusive group that includes such unquestionable luminaries as Massive Attack, Smith & Mighty, Tricky and Portishead -- Morcheeba have always been considered the underachievers.

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