Reviews

14 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Sons & Daughters

Sons & Daughters, ABC's new 'wacky family' show can't help but suffer from comparisons to Arrested Development.

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The Simpsons: The Complete Seventh Season

To the bickering camps of Simpson's fans, let's keep it 'real', shall we?

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Household Words: Bloomers, sucker, bombshell, scab, nigger, cyber by Stephanie A. Smith

Surely Smith knows that a radical reinterpretation of Dreiser or Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon is not going to take the sting out of being called nigger or scab.

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The Paramount Comedy Shorts 1928-1942: Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin (1928)

As Robert Benchley was nothing if not influential, you might see a little of Frasier Crane and paleontologist Ross Gellar in him, too.

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Various Artists: New York Noise 2

Soul Jazz goes back downtown to unearth another impressive collection of no-wave, mutant funk, and other assorted dissonance from either side of 1980.

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Tres Chicas: Bloom, Red and the Ordinary Girl

Bloom, Red And The Ordinary Girl looks back occasionally to 2004's Sweetwater, but taken as a whole this is essentially an evolution in sound.

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Willie Nelson: You Don’t Know Me: Songs of Cindy Walker

Willie sings from the Great American (Country and Western) Songbook.

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Garrison Starr: The Sound of You and Me

A singer-songwriterish singer-songwriter effort from a fine singer-songwriter.

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14 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rhett Miller: The Believer

Oh, Rhett! Talented Old 97s singer-songwriter finds himself caught up in an overproduced album of pop-by-numbers.

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14 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Stone Jack Jones: Bluefolk

Patty Griffin protg's second album finds the sweet spot between blues and folk.

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Dilated Peoples: 20/20

With 20/20, the team of DJ Babu, Evidence, and Rakaa the Iriscience, "back for the very fourth time", clearly intends to refocus and sharpen its vision for a return to past glory.

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Lords of Altamont: Lords Have Mercy

By-the-numbers LA garage punks are far from deification.

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Ice Age: Super Cool Edition (2002)

While studios have often been accused of meddling in the creative end of moviemaking, the new DVD presentation of this 2002 blockbuster, illustrates how readily Fox pandered to the movie-going public -- and how eager the filmmakers were to follow the audience's test scoring lead.

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13 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Giffen and Grant have re-visited the bounty hunter character in comic book form.

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13 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Strokes

For those steeped in the scene of present-day New York, it's easy to forget that, at the turn-of-the-century, not only did the local scene not compare, but that there wasn't really a scene at all.

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The New Adventures of Old Christine

What Susan Faludi has called the 'backlash' against women is still in full effect, if not even Julia Louis-Dreyfus can get a character on air who even tries to break free.

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13 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Apprentice

The show delivers emotional carnage, and as voyeuristic fare goes, that's the top.

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The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop by Saul Williams

Certain things never change: s'mores are still delicious, rainbows are still happy, calculus is still confusing, and Saul Williams is still angry at mainstream hip-hop culture.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)

'We had to explain to Roger Corman that the Ramones were not an Italian disco band from New York City, and that it had to be called Rock 'n' Roll High School,' Allan Arkush explains.

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13 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Advantage: Elf-Titled

Occasionally we need music that makes no grand statements and demands only to be played loud at a party.

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