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Thursday, October 14 1999

Fight Club (1999)

Does capitalism have you by the balls? If you're feeling a little limp lately, a little flaccid, emasculated, or impotent, then David Fincher's Fight Club may just have your number. This film kicks butt, and in doing so it also manages to suggest that your need for it and for other butt-kicking films is a late capitalist symptom of contemporary psychosis.


Monday, September 27 1999

Garth Brooks: In the Life of Chris Gaines

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Monday, August 23 1999

Christina Aguilera: self-titled

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Monday, June 7 1999

The Apples In Stereo: Her Wallpaper Reverie

Robert Schneider is everywhere these days, mixing the recent Dressy Bessy release and popping up as a collaborator and producer on a host of Elephant 6-related projects.


Sunday, May 9 1999

    Labradford: E luxo so

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Monday, May 3 1999

Ella Fitzgerald: Cocktail Hour

Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday, apart from being the most important and best-known jazz singers of the last century, represent two sides of an interesting coin.


Monday, April 19 1999

    Bijou Phillips: I’d Rather Eat Glass

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Monday, August 31 1998

    Willie Nelson: Teatro

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Monday, March 23 1998

    Semisonic: Feeling Strangely Fine

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Monday, November 3 1997

Fold Zandura: Ultraforever

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Monday, September 22 1997

Emer Kenny: self-titled

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Monday, March 24 1997

    New Duncan Imperials: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vegas

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Monday, January 23 1995

The Clientele: Suburban Light

Where most musicians seem content to respond and resignify, toying with mix and match flip-books, the Clientele move beyond pedigree charts and musical genealogy, eclipsing cultural context and conceptual frameworks.


Sunday, January 1 1995

‘The Camera My Mother Gave Me’

Susanna Kaysen's mission seems to be to put her life on the page. Famous for Girl, Interrupted, her autobiographical material fills volumes.


Hamlet (2000)

I confess to feeling a certain dread when I first heard that Ethan ('I have this planet of regret') Hawke was starring in Michael Almereyda's updated-and-abbreviated Hamlet.


‘Others Unknown: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma Bombing Conspiracy’

What's to stop the 'others unknown' from targeting the INS office in Los Angeles and then the FBI office in Houston, Texas, according to one proposed plan?"


American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement by Virgil Suarez and Ryan G. Van Cleave

It's no surprise that an anthology of this kind ['American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement'] would come along sooner or later, but that shouldn't take away from its merits. This book needed to happen, both for its subject matter and for its delivery (and -ance).


The Widow of Saint-Pierre (La Veuve de Saint-Pierre) (2001)

Newly married and deeply in love, the couple is known for their 'modern ideas', which means -- in the film's rather simplistic terms -- that they are willing to look beyond a man's deed and into his character. It also means that they make love often, curtains billowing in the background.


R-Point (2004)

All battlefields are haunted, alive with the spirits of those who have fallen in the name of war. It's too bad that this Korean horror film set during Vietnam decided to rely on clichéd creeps to fuel its frights.


Rear Window (1954/2000)

Rear Window's theatrical rerelease is, among other things, a showcase for mainstream moviedom's emergent special effects technologies.


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