Reviews

25 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Doom (2005)

The marines' mission is one of those 'bug hunts' made spectacular and more or less requisite for these sorts of movies by James Cameron's Aliens.

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25 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Capote (2005)

Capote reveals the dangers of journalism in search of authenticity and based in intimacy. It also reveals the monster Capote sees in himself -- or more accurately, the monster the movie sees him seeing.

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	Liz Phair: Somebody’s Miracle

Liz returns from her experiment in mainstream pop with another mainstream pop record. She's as catchy and as banal as ever.

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24 Oct 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Public Enemy: Power to the People and the Beats

On their greatest hits album, Public Enemy offer up frustration, fire and a desire to ignite a revolution by assaulting the masses with political diatribes fueled by rage.

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	The Police: Synchronicity Concert [DVD]

It’s strange to watch the Police’s Synchronicity Concert with the clarity of hindsight. At the time of its videocassette release in 1984, it seemed

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	Moutin Reunion Quartet: Something Like Now

A wonderfully resolved set of performances from the brothers Moutin.

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24 Oct 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Hauschka: The Prepared Piano

A different take on piano playing... unusual and interesting.

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	The Fiery Furnaces: Rehearsing My Choir

Art-poppers overreach and turn in one of the year's biggest disappointments.

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	Shemekia Copeland: The Soul Truth

A blast of blues-drenched soul -- when has that ever hurt a person?"

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	The Carter Family: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Carter Family

Re-issue! Re-package! Time to re-evaluate the songs...

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Lula Côrtes & Zé Ramalho: Paêbirú

This record has a great backstory: a psychedelic double album recorded in Brazil in 1974, released the next year but virtually unheard because of a warehouse fire that destroyed virtually every copy in existence.

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Pop Montréal: Day 4 Featuring Oxford Collapse, Alan Astor, Holy Fuck, Subtitle, and Islands (Ex

Ex-Unicorns and devilish heat bring Pop Montreal to a fiery conclusion.

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24 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Ken Burns: American Lives

Ken Burns is both goofy and deep. He even laughs about wearing people out with the interminable length of his films.

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24 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Drawn Together

The eight house residents on Drawn Together are growing tiresome; they're always the same.

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Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times by Kevin Smokler (editor)

To proclaim that blogging and 50 Cent constitute a new vanguard of literature strikes me as an American intellectual's version of Stockholm Syndrome.

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24 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

Angela Robinson says the movie shows the 'scope and the joy of being a contender, more than winning, necessarily.' That Herbie allows this 'scope and joy' for a girl driver is mostly delightful.

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	Various Artists: For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records

Reports of the death of alt-country have been greatly exaggerated, as Bloodshot Records celebrates 10 years in business with 42 new, vital songs.

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	Various Artists: This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles’ Rubber Soul

I know I'll never lose affection for people and things that went before. In my life, I'll love The Beatles' versions more, but these covers have their own merits.

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	Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice: Buck Dharma

Buck Dharma makes such a point to deconstruct every little bit of itself that it forgets to build anything back up in its place. D'oh. Here's to the idea...

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23 Oct 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Twista: The Day After

The Day After is the finest mainstream hip-hop album of the year.

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"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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