Reviews

13 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Seventh Season

Joss Whedon says, 'We sort of worship at the same altar. Me and my staff are the biggest Buffy nerds alive.'

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Top Gun: Special Collector’s Edition (1986)

One angle on this newness was the boys' deep friendships, masculine and competitive but also tender and intimate.

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13 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Uncomfortable with his abilities (they have come on him like a virus), Peter repeatedly returns to his central question: Who am I?"

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The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

'When you do a love story as part of your film, you need to do a lot of love scenes, so we can see the lovers together,' explains Garry Marshall.

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13 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Naked Jungle (1954)

What sets this Naked Jungle apart is a remarkably astute depiction of the collision of the sexes, in its addition of a mail order bride for the protagonist.

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13 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

I, Robot (2004)

'It's harder and harder to make straight-ahead sci-fi and straight-ahead comic book movies,' says Akiva Goldsman.

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12 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: MTV2 Presents: Shortlist 2004 Nominees

The Shortlist Awards are kind of like the Grammys for indie music.

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	Wayne Shorter: Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter

The career retrospective is a particularly fraught commercial exercise when it comes to jazz. Musicians that recorded as sidemen on one label released LPs under

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	Pet Shop Boys: Somewhere [DVD]

The real story with Pet Shop Boys and with Somewhere is the music, and on that point the show is flawless.

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	Michel Portal / Richard Galliano: Concerts

The squeezebox is definitely back beyond being damned by George Shearing’s repeating the old definition of a gentleman: a man who could play the

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	Jerry Lee Lewis: I Am What I Am [DVD]

Jerry Lee Lewis: certifiable icon or rogue caricature? The pianist-vocalist has been characterized as both, perhaps inevitably: he is known as much for his firebrand

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12 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Kid Casanova: self-titled

If anything bad could be said for the advent of Bob Dylan and the Beatles, it might be that their ability to write their own

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	The High Dials: Fields in Glass EP

The stopgap EP, with the possible exception of the greatest hits re-recorded album, may be the least respected release in a band’s catalogue. Bands

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	Jay Geils / Duke Robillard / Gerry Beaudoin: New Guitar Summit

By naming their first recorded collaboration New Guitar Summit, Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, and Gerry Beaudoin place themselves in a tradition of great guitarist meetings.

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12 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Godsmack: Changes [DVD]

These days, DVDs have become a staple in popular music, as every act now puts them together on a regular basis, and while many music

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12 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

De La Soul: Live at Tramps, NYC, 1996

Released around the same time as The Grind Date, its seventh studio album, De La Soul’s Live at Tramps, NYC, 1996 is a time machine for fans old and new. Then again, De La Soul has consistently managed to sell records by never aging.

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12 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Air: Surfing on a Rocket EP

Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicholas Godin, the two musicians who make up the electronic outfit Air, are a couple of smooth characters who seem to have

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Wes Anderson's film and Steve's filmed life creak a little, exposing seams and efforts to make sense of experience.

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10 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Lightning in a Bottle (2004)

The sensational Buddy Guy is his own, allusive story, as he incarnates a bridge between generations and styles.

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10 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Blade: Trinity (2004)

Blade (Wesley Snipes) looks tired. I mean, weary. He's been fighting vampires for three films now, and it shows.

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