Reviews

1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

The West Wing

The West Wing has locked itself into philosophical stasis, determined to air its liberal credentials via Bartlett and his staff yet equally determined never to challenge the status quo.

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Stargate SG-1: Season 7

Colonel O'Neill's principal interest is neither exploration nor humanitarian support, but the search for novel weapon technologies.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Harsh Realm

Harsh Realm lacks sci-fi gadgetry, set in shantytowns where people have handguns and old hoopty cars that look like prime candidates for Pimp My Ride.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Boston Legal

The first episode of David E. Kelley's Boston Legal bubbled like vintage pink champagne.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Walking Tall (2004)

Kevin Bray sees his Walking Tall as a series of fight sequences, a simplification that leaves it open to interpretation as a barometer of our political climate.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2003)

Under these conditions, the film suggests, another Florida is not only likely, but probable.

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The Untouchables: Special Collector’s Edition (1987)

It's a story of a (nearly lone) lawman standing up against the bad guys, replete with a High Noon type showdown.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Michael Moore DVD Collector’s Set (2004)

Bowling for Columbine's most effective device is Moore's own lack of answers; he sets up argument after argument, only to see each one crumble in the face of evidence and reality.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

National Lampoon Presents: Dorm Daze (2003)

Plays like the last two minutes of all the worst episodes of Frasier stitched together.

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Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

'Actually,' Frank Coraci begins his commentary for Around the World in 80 Days, 'I never wanted to do a director's commentary.'"

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31 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Tegan and Sara: So Jealous

Moving beyond the punk/diva dichotomy, Tegan and Sara are something more, and their music reflects a new feminine sensibility and style which cannot be summed up in their ascribed identities as women, lipstick lesbians, or side-show twins, but rather the loaded term that describes them best is perhaps the word sisters.

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	Soul Asylum: After the Flood: Live from the Grand Forks Prom June 28, 1998

Soul Asylum made headlines recently, but for all the wrong reasons. The band’s bass player, Karl Mueller, has been diagnosed with cancer, and some

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31 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Seth Swirsky: Instant Pleasure

Short, but sweet. That concise description of Seth Swirsky’s solo album doesn’t do it full justice, but it’s true. This soft pop

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31 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Willie Nelson: The Troublemaker

Willie Nelson has always been a populist. Thus, it’s not surprising to find out that so, too, is his Jesus: partially Christ, completely Cowboy.

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31 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Mosquitos: Sunshine Barato

You are powerless against Mosquitos. Put away the myriad of defense mechanisms you have honed to combat uninvited positivity; they will not help you here.

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31 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	De La Soul: The Grind Date

The Grind Date has an economy to it that suits De La Soul's new workmanlike perspective; at 12 songs it's the most concise album they've made yet.

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	The Blackouts: History in Reverse

History in Reverse is a pretty good collection from an unjustly forgotten band that contains a handful of really killer tracks.

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29 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Undertow (2004)

Uncle Deel (Josh Lucas) hauls up in his muscle car, his face grizzled and his pink cowboy shirt weirdly stylish.

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29 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Tying the Knot (2004)

The film opens with black and white footage from 1971: the Gay Activists Alliance takes over Manhattan's marriage bureau, explaining to straight couples that they cannot be married, since they are not gay.

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29 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Saw (2004)

Detective Tapp's convoluted weirdness is attributable to Danny Glover's resourcefulness, since the script doesn't know quite what to do with him.

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