Reviews

23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Syriana (2005)

This Middle Eastern spy thriller is complex and earnest, a film that repays close attention.

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23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Rent (2005)

The song, 'Rent', names its own dilemma, how to make melodrama and artifice compelling when experience has turned so sensational and illusory?"

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23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Passenger (1975/2005)

He is introduced as a human being in the process of existing rather than any particular person engaged in any particular struggle.

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23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Millions (2004)

Millions sustains a vibrantly colored, enjoyably lively view, fantastic to reflect Damian's perspective, literally short and practically limited.

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23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Ice Harvest (2005)

If Charlie appears seem energetic, if not exactly inspired, it's only because he's in constant, circular motion.

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22 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

Patti Smith: Horses/Horses

What’s surprising about Patti Smith’s Horses is how subversive it still is, despite its having long since been canonized as one of rock’s most important and influential works.

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	Toshi Reagon: Have You Heard

An Artist Deserving Wider Recognition puts her wounded joy front and center.

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	Bucky Pizzarelli / Frank Vignola: Moonglow

An outstanding lyrical and swinging set of guitar duets by two Italian-American jazz virtuosi. Gran' Dio!, they even make a masterpiece of tender melodic playing out of 'Moonlight Cocktail'!!!"

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	The Mendoza Line: Full of Light and Full of Fire

The Mendoza Line have a knack for writing disturbing and lonely tales that also make a fine soundtrack to a night of carousing. With Full of Life and Full of Fire, they've created a modern American masterpiece.

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	Peter Grummich: Club Maria Berlin: Dirty Floor

This is nothing but a mix of the baddest, most deliciously warped techno to spill from your speakers from quite some time.

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	Johnny Cash: The Complete Sun Recordings 1955 - 1958

Time Life digs deep into the Man in Black's archive and unearths a near perfect collection of material.

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22 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	John Cale: Black Acetate

Cale follows up a successful reincarnation with a release that's far more lackluster and pedestrian.

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	The Beta Band: The Best of the Beta Band - Film [DVD]

Somewhere in here, it seems, lie the answers to certain questions which have eluded the Betas and their fans from the very beginning.

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22 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Aerosmith + Lenny Kravitz

Drumming up a concert mate for these old dogs is harder than you'd think. But hey, Rome wasn't built in a day.

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22 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Fourth Season

The big laughs emerge from the same place they always have: Larry David's excruciating absorption in life's smallest problems.

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22 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Willful Creatures: Stories by Aimee Bender

The stories that hover closer to reality fixate wonderfully on the dynamics of female relationships and the sometimes absurdity, cattiness, and masochism that accompany them.

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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

The film's sheer volume of vengeance is so great, pacing so deliberate, and confrontations so inevitable, that the experience is not unlike watching the climax of a film noir stretched out over 90 minutes.

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22 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Honeymooners (2005)

While most of the target audience for the movie may not remember the TV version, Schultz's Honeymooners unfortunately forgets what was most appealing about the show.

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	System of a Down: Hypnotize

After getting off to a blazing start, Hypnotize begins to lose its focus as the band's songwriting well runs dry.

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	She Wants Revenge: She Wants Revenge

It's the kind of achievement you have no choice but to respect, simply because it is rather intimidating to imagine what these guys could do if they decided to use their powers for evil instead of good.

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