Reviews

18 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Reform School Girl (1994)

Reform School Girl is a tepid straight-to-cable remake of a tepid 1957 drive-in flick.

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18 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Dolls (2002)

Dolls lingers on heartbreak but doesn't say much about it.

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	Various Artists: The Future of the Blues, Vol. 2

A standard cut-price sampler of 14 CDs on a new Canadian label, misnamed since, with a couple of exceptions, the music is syncretic pop/rock/world, into which the blues has been all too thoroughly homogenized.

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	Various Artists: Verve Unmixed 3

Verve unveils the latest edition of its remix series, outsourcing mostly softies this time around. But God bows to Billie, Nina, and Sarah.

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	The Wonder Stuff: Escape from Rubbish Island

While time hasn't blunted Miles Hunt's anger much, it's definitely changed the band around him, altering the results of the return of one of England's finest.

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	The Ramones: End of the Century - The Story of The Ramones [DVD]

As dysfunctional as they were influential, the Ramones survived more than two tumultuous decades together to become the preeminent voice and image of punk rock.

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	Plain White T’s: All That We Needed

The band name suggests cheap bland menswear. The album suggests infectious, contagious and well crafted power pop-punk.

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17 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Niyaz: self-titled

Dance in your head to electronic world music with poetic lyrics sung in Farsi and Urdu.

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	The Mountain Goats: The Sunset Tree

John Darnielle tears into his past and paws through the bloody remains, creating a powerful set of songs from the viscera.

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	Dean Martin: Dean Martin: The One and Only [DVD]

Don't let the lousy packaging fool you or the hyperbole scare you. Beneath it all is a compelling look at a man who's much more than 'That other guy in the Rat Pack'.

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17 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Jackson 5: Gold

Years before he became the iconic King of Pop, Michael Jackson was in a quaint little group known as the Jackson 5. And yes, he and his brothers were amazing.

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	Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song [DVD]

This cheap and easy 'documentary' doesn't go very deep into Darin's biography, psyche, or contribution to the arts, but it nonetheless contains some enjoyable footage.

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	Nat King Cole: When I Fall in Love: The One and Only [DVD]

On the demise of the Nat 'King' Cole Show, the star famously remarked, 'Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark.' When I Fall in Love: The One and Only hardly rectifies or sheds light on this disgrace in American broadcast history. However, in focusing on the hits, the DVD highlights the beauty of Cole's music for both the casual and critical music listener.

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15 Apr 2005 // 4:00 PM

is a musical treasure.

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15 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Walk on Water (2004)

Following enough plot threads to fill three more films, Gal Uchovsky's screenplay considers alienation in several forms.

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15 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

House of D (2004)

The ideal girl wears an orange jumpsuit. At least that's the way Tommy Warshaw remembers it.

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The Amityville Horror (2005)

She has three kids from a previous marriage (her husband is dead); he has a body left over from Blade 3.

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	War Against Sleep: Borderline Personality

War Against Sleep's Duncan Fleming is fighting the good fight against banal lyricism, even if his music has some catching up to do.

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	The Sharp Ease: Going Modern

Los Angeles female foursome may have the West Coast Hype Factory in their corner, but they're still searching for their sound on their scattershot debut.

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14 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Sparkwood: Jalopy Pop!

A fine collection of sweetly pleasant melodic pop, recalling the past yet updated with lyrics that address modern lovers' dilemmas.

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