Reviews

17 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Bandit Queen (1994)

The camera is as restless and as relentless as its object, Phoolan Devi.

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The Battle of Algiers: Criterion Collection (1967)

Things are never as simple as administrations would like us (and themselves) to believe.

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	Morcheeba: From Brixton to Beijing [DVD]

Of all the acclaimed groups birthed by the 'Bristol' trip-hop sound of the early '90s -- an exclusive group that includes such unquestionable luminaries as Massive Attack, Smith & Mighty, Tricky and Portishead -- Morcheeba have always been considered the underachievers.

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	Lydia Lunch: Smoke in the Shadows

Proto-goth goddess Lydia Lunch has long been mistress of her own kitsch genre, reciting in her tough, ceaselessly sarcastic croak her bathetic tales of masochistic women and the men who kick them.

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	Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby: The New Mixes, Volume One

Bill Cosby has worn many hats in his decades-spanning career, but the one that will probably come as the biggest surprise is that of a jazz maestro.

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	Goldfrapp: Wonderful Electric: Live in London [DVD]

Goldfrapp is one of the finest musical talents to have emerged in the first half of this decade.

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16 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Collective Soul: Youth

“Let the word out/ I’ve got to get out/ Oh I’m feeling better now,” sings Collective Soul lead singer Ed Roland in the

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14 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

In Good Company (2004)

In Good Company pushes Carter and Dan up against one another, so that they can work through their mutual anxieties, resentments, and jealousies.

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14 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Elektra (2005)

Now starring in her own movie (following the generally dismal effort called Daredevil, in which she was, by the way, killed), Elektra is all rage, careening between hyper-organization (she arranges her bananas so they all point the same way) and finely honed, utterly scary violence.

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14 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Coach Carter (2004)

Based on a real life coach, also named Ken Carter, Carter takes an approach that's part Lean on Me meets Hoosiers, part Stand and Deliver meets Friday Night Lights, and okay, maybe a little White Shadow, too.

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13 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	S: Puking and Crying

Those looking for something grittier than the Postal Service and Styrofoam will find much to admire in S.

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	Puffy AmiYumi: Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi

Puffy AmiYumi takes bellwether Beatles riffs and dresses them in the sonic accoutrements of their '70s imitators -- the arena-sized bombast of Cheap Trick, the sci-fi sound effects of ELO, the happy harmonies of Abba, the hyperhookiness of the Raspberries -- to create karaoke-ready J-pop.

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	Bob Marley and the Wailers: Fy-Ah Fy-Ah: The Jad Masters 1967-1970

Mr. Marley's late-'60s try for the Big Time yields some Fy-ah, much smoke.

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	GB: Soundtrack for Sunrise

GB has the talent to surpass the more tired mannerisms of nu-jazz and broken beat. Unfortunately, he has to go through them first.

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	Collections of Colonies of Bees: Customer

It's a fascinating discourse on the melding of organic and electronic sounds.

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	The Chemical Brothers: “Galvanize”

Is there any greater event in the whole of electronic dance music than the release of a new Chemical Brothers single? OK, you may disagree,

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	Buck 65: This Right Here Is Buck 65

More than bringing together backpacker beats and Woody Guthrie covers, Buck 65 is reading a whole tradition of American story-telling through the prism of hip-hop.

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13 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Alchemist: 1st Infantry

Brewing up a batch of gritty street bangers, The Alchemist forges a unique style, merging the laid back vibe of California with the isolation of the urban jungle.

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12 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Walnut Dash: Titbits

If tight mod-influenced power pop nuggets are your thing, then you need to hear Titbits, the band's mini-CD debut.

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12 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Strung Out: Exile in Oblivion

Strung Out is a good, if generic, SoCal punk rock band further influenced by hardcore, metal and, at times, nu-metal. They’ve been on the

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