Reviews

24 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Luna: Rendezvous

Luna has pretty much come to be the definition of dream-pop. The band creates a frequently gentle sound based on steady strums and light tones.

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24 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Mory Kanté: Sabou

“Sabou” means “the cause of everything”. If anyone gets to title their album this, it’s Mory Kanté, one of the biggest stars in West

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	DJ JS-1: Audio Technician

DJ solo albums are to hip-hop what Jimmy Page solo albums are to rock. There’s no doubting the talent involved, but taking that talent

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24 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Ditty Bops: self-titled

Meet the Ditty Bops! The effervescent, whimsical, quaint Ditty Bops. The Los Angeles-based duo is a toe tappin’, finger snappin’, cheerfully wry concoction of western

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Vera Drake (2004)

The war has disturbed all of their lives intensely, and if they don't quite have the words to express their trauma, they do have a sense of shared experience.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Vodka Lemon (2004)

In an image evoking both Chagall and Kaurismaki, Hamo and Nina find, if not hope exactly, some acceptance and joy.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Sideways (2004)

Always a resourceful, thoughtful performer, Virginia Madsen almost offsets Sideways' overriding, occasionally prosaic interest in the boys' journey.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Machinist (2004)

The Machinist digs so deeply into its protagonist's mind that it's difficult to see a way out.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Head in the Clouds (2004)

Gilda fits right in: whether she appears to be alternately vacuous and misunderstood, she's stunningly one-dimensional.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Grudge (2004)

Karen's quintessential 'American' identity -- blond, do-gooding, intrepid -- makes her sense of dislocation especially acute.

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Split Lip Rayfield doesn’t necessarily lambaste bluegrass; instead, think of the band as a group of mischievous older brothers that turn conventions on their

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	Kimya Dawson: Hidden Vagenda

Having risen to prominence as a member of scatological brat-folk outfit the Moldy Peaches and released a trio of bedroom-recorded solo records, Kimya Dawson now

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	Frank Black: Frank Black Francis

As far as band reunions go, 2004 has belonged to the Pixies. The band’s world tour has been doing booming business, there’s been the

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Zoo Tycoon 2

We are like God, similar in that we are given domination and responsibility over these creatures somewhat inferior to ourselves, but different in that we have to follow his goals and plans.

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20 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Sudeki

Despite the game's strengths, Sudeki offers a series of problems in terms of its racialized imagery, its emphasis on female hypersexuality and its ideological orientation.

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20 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Rome: Total War

While we can all agree that things like 3D graphics are a good thing, it's difficult to extol the appeal of certain time periods.

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20 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Midway Arcade Treasures 2

The sheer fact that you can compile not only Mortal Kombat II, but Mortal Kombat 3, plus nearly 20 other games on this disc is definitely progress.

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20 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Katamari Damacy

As the industry becomes more mainstream and the costs of development increase with each new hardware cycle, it seems like game creators are beginning to try to follow proven formulas out of fear of poor returns.

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20 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Guilty Gear X2 #Reload

Despite the common stereotypes of gamers hiding out alone in windowless basements to enjoy their hobby, video games have often been as much of a social endeavor as any other activity.

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19 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Rolling Blackouts: Black is Beautiful

There’s no doubt about it, this goddamn war in Iraq is diverting attention away from the fight right here at home. And by at

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