Reviews

27 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	George Harrison: The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 [DVD]

Harrison fans will certainly find enjoyment in watching this DVD, but knowing that it could've been so much more without a great deal more effort... that's just downright depressing.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Stander (2003)

Reasoning that 'a white man can get away with anything today,' Stander sets out to distract the police as well as show up their prejudice.

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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

You might read this as a not-so-subtle indictment of the bourgie masses who consume popular culture: their taste sucks.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Meet the Fockers (2004)

Streisand brings her own potent barrage to this company of self-interested men, not to mention the melt-away women.

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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Demme's movie reasserts that the fabled U.S. political landscape isn't transparent or democratic, but instead, corrupted by the individuals who manage it.

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King Arthur: Extended Unrated Director’s Cut (2004)

'The idea of these young boys being taken away from home at a young age... reminded me a lot of my own culture,' says director Antoine Fuqua.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Hi, Mom (1970)

It is slightly odd to see Robert DeNiro so young and handsome, giving a performance so deftly naturalistic.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 03 (2004)

As our own physical reality becomes more entwined with virtual ones, Ghost in the Shell couldn't be more apt.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Farmingville (2004)

This searing documentary argues against the use of near-slave-level migrant labor, implying that the United States' economy would collapse without it. In making this case, the film indicts a first world population that doesn't want to do its own dirty work.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Beyond the Sea (2004)

Kevin Spacey looks alternately fatigued and awkward as Bobby Darin.

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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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