Reviews
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)

Amid all the overreaching, expensive, mostly tacky ambition of the summer's movies, it's good to see a B-movie that knows what it is.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Aviator (2004)

The Aviator portrays Hughes as a rebel and a genius, a dashing young man with ambition, hope, and nerve.

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	Mates of State: Two of Us [DVD]

Whoever wrote the blurb describing Two of Us as “a documentary made by a fan, for the fan” certainly won’t be accused of false

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	Dizzy Gillespie: Jivin’ in Bebop [DVD]

Why be predictable! One of the more curious aspects of the present DVD issue is that it allows actual sight of a very obscure, longtime

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Miles Davis: Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue [DVD]

Love them or hate them, the events documented in Miles Electric cast giant waves upon the jazz world that would be weathered for decades to come.

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In the language of love, this moment knows no name. Thus, I draw words from a darker place: objectivity.

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21 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Newsom is impervious to the hurdy-gurdy of mini-sets. To this reviewer, she can do no wrong...

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21 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Drunken revelry, a brewery's worth of beer, and a solemn so-long to my crazed, party crashing uncle.

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21 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

There's no way to leave not knowing they have balls. Whether or not they have brains is a tougher question.

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	Clark Terry & the Chicago Jazz Orchestra: Porgy and Bess

I remember live concerts along with recordings, since the former help recontextualise the curiously detached aspects of just listening to discs. With Clark Terry, I

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20 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Matthew Sweet: Living Things / Kimi Ga Suki

Perceived primarily as a purveyor of pure pop, Sweet seems to be the sonic inheritor of the plush soundscapes and taut packaging of the Beatles.

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	The Mad Caddies: Live from Toronto: Songs in the Key of Eh

The Opera House in Toronto might sound like a venue that has upholstered seats, great sightlines, and a cozy atmosphere. Unfortunately, that would only be

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	Ludacris: Red Light District

The whole point of Ludacris, his very essence, is to live up to his name in a florid explosion of charm, wit and rowdy libido that seldom has much do with deep thought, restraint, or indeed reality as most of us would see it.

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	Les Hell on Heels: self-titled

Is it too much of a stretch to say that girl-garage is at a crossroads? The Donnas dropped the “we’re-all-named-Donna” shtick for their most

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	Brian Eno: Ambient 1: Music for Airports [reissue]

Music for Airports began life radically out of step with its own time. As it turns out, this was simply a result of it being out in the stratosphere, waiting for time to catch up.

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	Calamalka: Shredder’s Dub

The most significant aspect of Shredder’s Dub is that its seduction is not relegated only to the dub enthusiast. As a whole, Calamalka’s

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A Very Long Engagement (2004)

The memory of war -- collective and individual -- is at best a deterrent, at worst, a fantasy to fuel more of the same.

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17 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Spanglish (2004)

Flor appears resolute and highly ethical, both qualities that help her survive as a maid for white folks in Bel Air.

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17 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

With the peculiarly titled Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood elicits yet another remarkable performance from a young actor.

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Elastic and not a little ewwwy, Jim Carrey's Olaf is fond of his own unclever pronouncements and unsubtle when it comes to plotting.

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