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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

SCTV Network/90: Volume 1

These were smart people who figured out a way to make sketch comedy work in a 90-minute format.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

7th Heaven: The Complete First Season

7th Heaven is at once comforting for its predictability and 'niceness' and irritating for how poorly it reflects the world.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

What the #$*! Do We Know? (2004)

Cultural creatives share a worldview shaped by the social movements of the 1960s.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Casting Bill Nighy as a zombie -- or more accurately, a zombie to be -- may not be precisely innovative, but it's clever and wholly enjoyable.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Outfoxed (2004)

Outfoxed makes the case that Fox News is the video component of the Republican National Committee.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Naked in New York (1993)

Naked in New York tries to distinguish itself through flights of fancy, but these are too brief, as if director Daniel Algrant can't commit.

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I Married a Monster From Outer Space (1958)

It's difficult to know what to do with hideous alien invaders who only want to be daddies.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

By subtly subverting our assumptions about the opposition of nature and technology, Oshii suggests that the two may not be so different after all.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Forgotten (2004)

In The Forgotten, the ethical terms are laid out: it's good to remember, fervently, and it's weak and bad to forget.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

First Daughter (2004)

These 'times' are somehow exponentially more dangerous, but no one refers to 9/11 or the Bush administration, apparently erased in this alternate non-reality.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

A Dirty Shame (2004)

While such a fantastic love-love-love, all-pleasure-all-the-time scenario hardly seems likely in our near future, A Dirty Shame remains hopeful and even sweet.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Carandiru (2003)

Carandiru is about how stories are told, what they mean to different listeners, how they create identities and communities.

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	Various Artists: 13 Ways to Live

Red House Records’ 13 Ways to Live is the latest addition to the seemingly endless onslaught of compilations (not to mention films and books) declaring an

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	Denny Zeitlin: Slickrock

Slickrock is apparently a classification of naturally occurring stone. Its surface is said to afford various exciting advantages for mountainbikers, two of whom seem to

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	Shadows Fall: The War Within

A well-known band in metal circles for years, Shadows Fall are officially ready to make a stab at the big time. For the past couple

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22 Sep 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Landing: Sphere

Ten years ago, if one heard the term shoegazer, it evoked images of bands lost in the moment of their music (and pondering their own

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	Charlie Hunter Quintet: Right Now Live [DVD]

A DVD release from the Berkeley, CA-based guitarist Charlie Hunter is not only long-overdue, it’s quite essential: Hunter is one of those performers you

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22 Sep 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Diplo: Florida

DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing was released in November of 1996, almost eight years ago. It would have been impossible, at the time, to predict the extent

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22 Sep 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Charlie Daniels Band: Essential Super Hits

I’m a Southern boy / Southern born and bred / I got ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ buzzing all around in my head / I’m right at home

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	Coyote Shivers: Gives It to Ya. Twice.

If the name Coyote Shivers means anything to you, I’d lay down a sizeable wager that your recognition comes solely from his appearance in

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