Reviews

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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19 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous

In the sweepstakes for indie darlings who’ve made good in the real world (this album got buzz from Entertainment Weekly, after all), this beats

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	Lalah Hathaway: Outrun the Sky

Audiences can perhaps be forgiven for forgetting about Lalah Hathaway—her last full length recording was 1994’s A Moment—but her surname demands that we

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	Free Moral Agents: Everybody’s Favorite Weapon

Since 1993, the California independent label Gold Standard Laboratories have made a name for themselves releasing some of the biggest names in experimental underground music. From

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	Floydhead: The Floydian Propulsion Project: The Artistic Electronica of Pink Floyd (3rd Edition)

As a know-it-all rock critic, it’s easy to forget that I did not always possess my monumental cache of useless music information. For instance,

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	Julie Doiron: Goodnight Nobody

Folks, it’s time to steel yourself to reality: summer is over. Right now, in locales across the continent, the humidity is clinging desperately to

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	The Dears: No Cities Left

Back in April of 2003, when Montreal indie stalwarts The Dears released their second album, No Cities Left, the Canadian music press fell over themselves in

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