Reviews

9 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Sheryl Crow: Wildflower

Previously underrated, Sheryl Crow returns with a record not worth defending.

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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Cute but not aggravating. Witty but not arrogant. Wallace & Gromit is a clever send-up of classic horror movies.

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9 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

In Her Shoes (2005)

In Her Shoes is formula of the quality sort. Formula that showcases big performances and metaphors, and mood-indicating rock songs.

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Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Shot in exquisite black and white, George Clooney's portrait of Edward R. Murrow is partly reverential, partly probing.

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9 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Gospel (2005)

Frank's ambition to expand the church, following the spectacular-show/mega-church model, has led him to think rather highly of himself as well.

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9 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Dear Wendy (2005)

It's difficult to resist getting all psychoanalytic on Dear Wendy, as it is excessively Freudian in its phallic imagery.

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It's difficult to connect something as terrestrially mundane as aging to this strange little man and his sad, enchanting voice...

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Twelfth Night (1988): Anton Lesser, Richard Briers, Abigail McKern, Caroline Langrishe

Meticulously straightforward, Paul Kafno's direction of Twelfth Night suits Kenneth Branagh's inconspicuous stage direction.

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The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss

The world's greatest pickup artists, who can have their pick of any female, damage their brotherhood over a woman.

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6 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

Anyone who runs out to buy a copy of Le Funk on the strengths of Night on Fire will be sorely disappointed.

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	t.A.T.u: Dangerous and Moving

If you don't like t.A.T.u, you don't like pop music. Simple as that. Straight outta Eurovision-East, t.A.T.u are the Abba for the new millennium.

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	Bob Rodriguez: Corridor

Extended meditative piano trio performances, fresh, unhackneyed, which while not immediately exciting, soon become engrossing.

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	Paul McCartney: Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

In collaboration with producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Air), McCartney delivers one of the strongest records of his long and winding post-Beatles career.

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6 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Seu Jorge: Cru

Fresh off his scene stealing performance The Life Aquatic, Seu Jorge's solo album provides more clues to his mystery.

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	Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba [DVD]

DG can also mean Deo gratias, and this, by the grace of God, is Dizzy Gillespie in terrific trumpet form when not bringing together his verbal reflections on jazz, its African cultural roots, and continuities across political boundaries and stormy, oily seas.

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Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio Featuring Billy Bang: Live at the River East Art Center

Stop Looking For 2005's Best Jazz Album: This Is It.

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6 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Cherry Valence: TCV3

On Album Number Three, the Cherry Valence blur the line between being in a groove and being in a rut.

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6 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bango: Bango

Bango is allegedly a much-sought-after rarity on the psych collector's market; presumably Brazilian psych-rock records didn't have as wide a distribution as, say, the Quicksilver Messenger Service.

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	Black Dice: Broken Ear Record

S&M, sex with robots, and something else about the efficacy of sound.

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6 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

BEWARE: This review exhibits no Pavement-related nostalgia. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing, are ya?

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