Reviews

22 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Tift Merritt: Tambourine

When Tift Merritt’s first album, Bramble Rose, came out in 2002, the critics all salivated, placing her in a genealogical line of country legends such

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	Rebecca Martin: People Behave Like Ballads

Rebecca Martin is originally from Maine but moved to the Big Apple in 1990. When she was there she came in touch with a singer-songwriter named

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	Killing Joke: For Beginners

Emerging from the same post punk era that yielded such crucial bands as Wire, Bauhaus, and The Cure, Killing Joke' music was vicious, feral almost.

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22 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	John Hoskinson: Miscellaneous Heathen

If, like me, you agree there’s a place in the world for intelligent folk-rock, let me direct you to the wonderful debut album from

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22 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Trailer Park Boys

A clever dig at the unreality of reality shows, Trailer Park Boys makes the point that the camera alters the world it's observing.

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Manhunt: The Search for America’s Most Gorgeous Male Model

For decades, models have fought the stereotype that they are stupid and superficial. Unfortunately, Manhunt reinforces that stereotype.

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22 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

House

The invasive camera stands in, weirdly, for the doctor who's overseeing the weekly inquiries, one Dr. Gregory House.

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22 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Chanel No. 5 The Film: Le Film du Film

Luhrmann has his finger on the postmodern impulse to recombine ideas specific to advertising, film, and art.

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	Chris Whitley: War Crime Blues

There’s nothing quite like the visceral sensation of being in a small room with an acoustic musician. Neither an album nor a live staged

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21 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Chris Whitley: Weed

Chris Whitley’s blues have usually been a deeply buried blues, hidden beneath a swirling distorted din, buried—on record at least—underneath layered levels

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	Los Tigres del Norte: Pacto de Sangre

Norteño music is the most punk-rock thing going these days, norteño music is the key to understanding half of Mexican-American culture, norteño music is the naked truth.

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	The Hentchmen: Form Follows Function

Detroit garage trio the Hentchmen have been in business for 12 years, starting back when many of the current spate of garage rockers were still in

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	Devotchka: How It Ends

When I was in college, I briefly tried to learn to play the accordion, but the other things I succeeded at were “Stars and Stripes

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21 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Denver Harbor: Scenic

Denver Harbor’s first major label release is pretty to look at. There are old cars, chains, more old cars, a big city skyline, a

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21 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Comas: Conductor

It’s hard to believe that the Comas supposedly started out as a Chapel Hill area joke band, their sound a less than sympathetic wink

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19 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Seed of Chucky (2004)

What do killer dolls use to masturbate?"

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19 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

National Treasure (2004)

Popular propaganda at its best -- high quality creative work allied to a resounding endorsement of a status quo the American electorate seems determined to maintain.

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19 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Kinsey (2004)

At its best, Kinsey turns nearly impressionistic, as when it represents the doctor's increasingly convoluted relationships with his team.

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19 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Finding Neverland (2004)

As James Barrie, the Scottish-born playwright most famous for imagining Peter Pan, Johnny Depp appears the consummately charismatic child-man.

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Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Tim Allen needs to stop making Christmas movies.

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