Reviews

31 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Profit: The Complete Series

A TV show with an interesting premise, crisp writing, darkly compelling protagonist, and loads of critical praise usually generates thoughts of Emmys, Golden Globes, and long-haul success. Instead, Profit was canned after four episodes.

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The Bedside Book of Birds: An Avian Miscellany by Graeme Gibson

Graeme Gibson's bedside book provides a glimpse of what every literate birder, professional, scholar or amateur, should want to read.

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31 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

We’re No Angels (1955)

Considering that the plot, such as it is, involves a pair of murders committed by Albert's poisonous viper, the jaunty tone doesn't seem appropriate.

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30 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Soulive: Break Out

Whereas in the past Soulive have been very careful to keep their jazz M.O. very visible, here the structure seems more similar to traditional blues.

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	Some Girls: The DNA Will Have Its Say

Supergroup spazz core group with members of the Locust, Give Up The Ghost, Unbroken and the Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower. Karen O guest stars.

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30 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Eddie Spaghetti: Old No. 2

On his second solo offering, the Supersuckers frontman dishes up another batch of great tunes, but he could've stood to use a splash of The Sauce.

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	Tommy Lee: Tommyland: The Ride

Critics will assuredly scoff at Lee's latest solo effort as a self-indulgent exercise in musical mediocrity. Yeah? Scrüe them...

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The Clientele: Strange Geometry

The new Clientele disc is awfully good, besting everything in Belle & Sebastian’s catalog on an album-by-album basis save for The Boy With the Arab Strap and Dear Catastrophe Waitress.

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30 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Brakes: Give Blood

Punk goes country when this British dream team tackles their first LP with WANTON ABANDON.

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Angels of Light & Akron/Family: Akron/Family & Angels of Light

I'm going to keep telling you how good this band is until you listen to me.

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	Atmosphere: You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having

Atmosphere follows up the behemoth Seven's Travels with something a little smaller, a little more spontaneous, a little bit better.

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28 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Wilco

The presence of one six-year-old girl changed everything...

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Hot Property: The Stealing of Ideas in an Age of Globalization by Pat Choate

The intellectual property debate typically divides into two camps -- those who defend the rights of ownership and those who defend free speech.

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28 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Weather Man (2005)

Dave begins to carry his bow with him on the sidewalk, a man suddenly proud, slow-motioned, and anachronistic, a walking metaphor.

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28 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Prime (2005)

Wise and soothing, Lisa occasionally sounds more like a girlfriend than the usual movie shrink, and this is, you think, a good thing.

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No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Martin Scorsese's film is about Dylan's early life among the Mister Joneses of his era, ahead of rock and roll's learning curve and suffering the judgments of the slower kids in his class.

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28 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Legend of Zorro (2005)

This opening action is acrobatic, the explosions thrilling, and the sword-fighting is sensationally swooshy.

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In the Shadow of the Stars: Members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus - PopMatters Film Review
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In most cases, the performers are doing what they do best -- performing. And so they resist appearing too vulnerable.

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	Various Artists: Never Lose That Feeling, Volume One

New shoegazers cover old shoegazers, but mostly without the shoegaze. What's the point?"

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	Stevie Wonder: A Time to Love

If you care about being cool, walk away now. We won't miss you.

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