Reviews

13 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

An Unfinished Life (2005)

For all its attention to fading landscapes and independence, cowboys and loyalties, the movie is more quaintly melodramatic than adventurous.

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13 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Transporter 2 (2005)

Frank soars gorgeously through the air, his foot stuck out in perfect slicing-edge fashion, kicking back all comers.

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13 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Memories of Murder (2003)

Memories of Murder not only brings a fresh perspective to the forensics subgenre, but also thoughtfully considers Korea's political framework.

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Even if Exorcism doesn't provide outright answers, its 'lessons' -- whether understood as secular or institutional -- seem clear enough.

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13 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Cypher (2002)

Just like the spies' mission as they hunt for secrets and significance inside massive corporate databanks, this film's point is unclear.

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	Various Artists: Swing Around the World

Burdened only with excruciatingly uninformed notes, this mishmash represents what the label's proprietor calls 'swing': pop that used to be called novelty, commonly with singing and swinging, jazz or cajun or South African vocal group -- you can't imagine!"

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12 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Gene Watson: Then & Now

Acclaimed country singer returns by dusting off gems with a style and grace worthy of comparisons to Nelson, Jennings, Haggard and Parton.

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	Dave Seaman: Audio Therapy Presents Across Borders: Greece

This is a collection of fine, very British progressive house that happens to come from Greece.

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	Stellastarr*: Harmonies for the Haunted

If good artists borrow and great artists steal, then Stellastarr* need to pull on the ski masks, conceal the handguns, and park the getaway car nearby. Libraries are for hacks.

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	Princess Superstar: My Machine

Futuristic deconstruction was never so much fun!"

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	Kevyn Lettau: Bye-Bye Blackbird

With a voice like hers, it's impossible to begrudge any eccentricities -- Lettau is an effortless exemplar of an enviously timeless aesthetic.

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	The Jan Martens Frustration: The Jan Martens Frustration

Another Swedish garage sale. A collection of vintage instruments, used up riffs, and an overbearing antique dealer.

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12 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pieta Brown: In the Cool

It's hard to resist the temptation to compare Pieta Brown with the greatest of the best. Unfortunately and inevitably, In the Cool doesn't quite live up to the comparison.

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12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Davis, Kramer, and Thompson succeed where many groups on nostalgia tours fail, by paying homage to the beauty of what was while offering the majesty of what is.

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12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Titus: Seasons 1 & 2

It avoids usual sitcom setups and sappy wrap-ups, instead considering the effects of what Titus calls 'hard, old school' parenting on young Christopher (Titus).

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12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under's lack of delicacy is easy to mistake for exploitation. Where other shows hint, this one acts out.

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12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Prison Break

The good and bad guys in Prison Break might cry, fight, screw, and bleed, but they still look like cardboard to me.

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A Woman in Berlin: Six Weeks in the Conquered City by Anonymous, translated by Philip Boehm

Besides documenting the relentless terror and humiliation she and other German women endured, the diary offers a unique window on the German psyche as it comes to terms with Third Reich's wholesale collapse.

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Devendra Banhart: Cripple Crow

Exceeding expectations, Devendra outdoes himself and most of his generation.

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11 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

The problem is the songs. They're just not very good.

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