Reviews

14 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Short Cuts (1993)

Death, or that state 'beyond natural color', is Short Cuts' common denominator.

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14 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Runaway Daughters (1994)

It is your basic road movie, tracking three teenage girls who fake being kidnapped, steal a car, and skip town.

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Prisoner of Paradise (2003) - PopMatters Film Review
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Prisoner of Paradise is a fitting rebuke to Life is Beautiful. Entertainment is a diversion, not a survival strategy.

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14 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

My Sister Eileen (1955)

It is cinematic cotton candy, dissolving the moment it hits the tongue.

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Last Life in the Universe (Ruang rak noi nid mahasan) (2004)

For Chris Doyle, the 'great challenge' is shooting any emotion, 'taking ideas and turning them into images'.

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: Special Collector’s Edition (2004)

Based on three Snicket books, the film mostly takes the kids' perspective, and so delights in the gooey and the ooky.

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14 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Ambitiously humanitarian, the film uses Paul's plot to allude to the broader tragedy.

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Bad Education (La mala educación) (2004)

Pedro Almodóvar's commentary is as seductive as his filmmaking.

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	Various Artists: The Times We’re Living In: A Red House Anthology

The independent folk label Red House Records' latest compilation disc features all the usual suspects, including Greg Brown, Guy Davis and newly signed The Wailin' Jennys and Jimmy LaFave. No big surprises here, just a generous sampling from the recent catalogue.

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	Various Artists: Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration

Some magical playing and singing, an exemplary exhibition of co-operations between jazz and a great song-composer, recorded during the hi-fi decades of the century since his birth.

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	Robert Wyatt: Nothing Can Stop Us [remastered]

What do a Chic song, a barbershop quartet tune about Joseph Stalin, and a Bengali protest anthem have in common? I mean, besides the fact that they all make great make-out music. That's right, they're all on this reissue of Robert Wyatt's classic, politically charged covers album.

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13 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	22-20s: self-titled

The Next Big-- wait a minute! That kind of hype could only distract from the solid but less-than-groundbreaking blues rock of these young Brits' promising debut.

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	Rod Stewart: One Night Only: Rod Stewart Live at Royal Albert Hall [DVD]

He's doing what he wants to do, and if that appeals to both 20-year-olds and 80-year-olds, well, so be it.

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	The Soundtrack of Our Lives: Origin Vol. 1

TSOOL went back to the studio pumped up by years on the road and recorded a leaner, faster, and all-round more muscular set of songs.

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13 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Little Barrie: EP

Four-song teaser from London-based trio is fun and rambunctious, but leaves many doubts as to what can be expected from the band.

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	Klute: No One’s Listening Anymore

The album is a revealing statement in a scene that often prides itself on conformity.

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	Nanci Griffith: One Fair Summer Evening… Plus! [DVD]

A glimpse into Nanci Griffith's early days of promise as she stepped into the limelight with a live recording.

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	Robert Wyatt: Dondestan (Revisited) [remastered]

One of the more overlooked albums in an overlooked artist's discography, this reissue features Robert Wyatt in a semi-successful collaboration with his poet wife. Plus: a Sesame Street style children's song about Palestine.

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	Brooke Valentine: Chain Letter

There's a new she-riff in town, and her name is Brooke Valentine.

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12 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Soulive: Steady Groovin’

Steady Groovin' is an excellent primer for anyone unfamiliar with Soulive's imperfectly-conceived yet satisfying career.

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