Reviews

5 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Clor: Clor

Yet another British indie band that's cooler than you. Proof that four great synth-spiked songs can make seven not-so-great ones go down a lot easier.

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	Franz Ferdinand: Live [DVD]

Franz enters the DVD market with more live footage of the band than you will ever need in your entire life. Lucky, lucky, you're so lucky!"

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5 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

William Gatevackes reviews Loveless, a new series spearheading the return of the Western comic.

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5 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

ER / The West Wing

The West Wing's chief relationships have been tested and compromised, turning Sorkin's noble, fast-walking liberals into more than the sum of their quips and ideals.

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Extreme Makeover - Home Edition

The show is both inspiring and schmaltzy.

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5 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa by Karin Muller

The chaos of the crowd struggling to board the last train out of Tokyo at midnight is so wonderfully suffocating, the rigidness of sumo training so extreme, that they beg to be witnessed in person.

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4 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Back to Black

What is the sound of blackness? Part of the answer can be found in these obscure titles from the era when black was proud and spoke its name out loud.

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4 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Speech: The Vagabond

This is the sort of music -- pleasant, inoffensive, strangely nostalgic -- that you won't mind hearing piped over the sound system in your favorite coffee chain shop.

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4 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Nelly: Sweatsuit

Nelly cuts the fat from last year's bloated double disc set, and somehow ends up with something almost as bad.

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	Ute Lemper: Blood & Feathers - Live from the Café Carlyle [DVD]

Who says you can't expand the boundaries of cabaret? Just watch Ute Lemper push the envelope here.

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4 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Lucy Show: Mania

Ever heard of 1980s band the Lucy Show? Me neither. Isn't that refreshing?"

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	Javon Jackson: Have You Heard

A jazz saxophonist wearing his funky party clothes, featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith's organ, but a forced good time.

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	Bauhaus: Shadow of Light/Archive [DVD]

Breaking ground to create post-punk's gloomy, minimalistic step-child, and inspiring legions of lost kids to don black eyeliner, nail polish, and lipstick, Goth icons Bauhaus solidify their position with these visual documents.

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4 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Audion: Suckfish

This is hard, pounding music designed to accompany activities that are traditionally associated with hard pounding.

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2 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

The MTV Woodie Awards

My mission was clear. I was to discover what happens when the decidedly corporate MTV sets its sights on the staunchly independent arena of college rock...

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The Dick Cavett Show: John & Yoko Collection

The DVD set reminds us that John Lennon and Yoko Ono played a significant role in these issues while producing art and maintaining a sense of humor.

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2 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Veronica by Mary Gaitskill

Sex may be a physical act, but it's a psychological response. In this respect then, Gaitskill is an author of interiors.

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2 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Transamerica (2005)

Transamerica settles for the familiar 'alternative family' rather than questioning all those systems that make the very concept of 'alternative' necessary.

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Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005)

Sarah Silverman's character is a spoiled, suburban princess, which allows her to deliver offensive one-liners with an unnerving mixture of naïvete and self-assured ignorance.

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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

It's a surprise that Shane Black's Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang works as well as it does.

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