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14 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Audiences are more and more content to laugh at mindless buffoonery without any real punchline, and lazy writers and directors are more than happy to give it to them.

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14 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Whether mockery, parody, homage, or something else entirely, Marvel is reinventing their own number one competitor, and doing it in brilliant fashion.

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14 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Tomine questions traditional sexual values, asking us the readers to engage this question and to answer individually.

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14 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Rose Tattoo (1955)

All this overacting hardly dampens the film's efforts to grant weighty meaning to the rose tattoo.

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	Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers: Believe

Like a devil-horned rooster spitting fire from atop a decrepit barn, Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers exult with hellacious abandon. Baptized in flames, they sermonize like

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13 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	n.Lannon: Chemical Friends

A recent New York Times article about the compiling and editing of Elliott Smith’s final, posthumous album claimed that even during its preparation, a

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13 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Junior Boys: Last Exit

The vast, seemingly infinite world of web journals on the Internet (otherwise known, unfortunately, as the “blogosphere”) has been going strong for the past four

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13 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Go! Team: Thunder, Lightning, Strike

One of my favorite shows growing up was Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock. Quirkier than Sesame Street, the program followed the lives of amazing underground

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	Giant Sand: Is All Over the Map

Despite the title of this album, desert denizen Howe Gelb’s musical collective has remained remarkably consistent over the years, sounding pretty much the same

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	The Flower Machine: Chalk Dust Dream of the Tea Cozy Mitten Company

There is probably a small group of people that really enjoy this album. I say small because the sound of The Flower Machine is so

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	Flogging Molly: Within a Mile of Home

Flogging Molly has been often compared to the likes of the Pogues and the Dropkick Murphys. The only problem with comparisons to those Celtic punk/

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Homicide: Life on the Street: The Complete Season 5

It frequently expanded cop-show boundaries, occasionally gave in to suits in search or ratings, and most often, surprised fans and detractors alike.

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Valentín (2002)

Agresti says, 'It's challenging, from such a little situation, to elaborate with details, without sensationalistic tricks and pyrotechnics.'"

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Raising Helen (2004)

'Raising Helen's a happy, peppy picture, with Kate Hudson and her legs,' says Garry Marshall.

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Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time (2002)

According to Goldsworthy, we must re-examine the mundane in order to break through our habitual and clichéd perceptions.

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Nothing But a Man (1964)

Nothing But a Man remains a fascinating and uplifting document because its makers understood that, as worldviews, candor and hope are not mutually exclusive.

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The Lost Boys: Special Edition (1987)

While director Joel Schumacher may not have made a perfectly genre-breaking, horror-comedy mix, he got the 'hip' part right.

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

If Fahrenheit 9/11 is occasionally glib or unfocused, it is always angry and unafraid, and that makes it quite unlike the typically complacent news media and official bodies it targets.

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Dead Leaves (2004)

Beyond the gross-out factor, Dead Leaves is also a self-consciously stylish orgy of animation aesthetics and techniques.

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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Even as it lays down a scary geopolitical scenario and a few partisan gauntlets, The Day After Tomorrow aims to please.

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