Reviews

26 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Office

Aside from making its occupants physically uncomfortable, the office intensifies their confrontations, forcing them to butt heads without the chance for literal escape from conflict.

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26 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Kitchen Confidential

Presentation, on the plate or on television, goes a long way, and Confidential has the look of a winner.

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26 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Extras

Extras finds a rich vein of comic agony in the world of film and television background players.

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Mastering the Universe: He-Man and the Rise and Fall of a Billion-Dollar Idea by Roger Sweet and Dav

What Skeletor failed to do, corporate mismanagement accomplished in months. He-Man was effectively dead.

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Experiments in Terror (2003)

It's rather like being invited over to watch David Lynch's home movies.

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26 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Brown Bunny (2003)

The Brown Bunny remains a stubbornly disengaging film, daring you to dislike it.

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25 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Sigur Rós: Takk…

More dreamscapes from Icelandic misfits, but will they get to the rock under the surface?"

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	Glenn Miller: The Essential Glenn Miller

This compilation will bring back fond memories for the oldsters, and may provide some entertainment for younger listeners for whom Glenn Miller's name means nothing.

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25 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Mutts: Life in Dirt

The Mutts' take on British rock, circa 1973, could use a little bit of British rock, circa 2005.

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	Midaircondo: Shopping for Images

Three Swedish women in matching outfits make a soundtrack in search of a film.

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25 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jackie O Motherfucker: Fig. 5 / Liberation

The name alone is challenging enough. Turn to the person next to you right now and tell them 'I am reading a review of some re-issues from the band Jackie O Motherfucker'.

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	Forest: Forest

If you're a deaf, tramp-like, fire-eating, unicyclist elf, then Forest might just offer the soundtrack to your life.

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	Echo and the Bunnymen: Siberia

On their last couple of albums, the Bunnymen sounded like men mired in self-doubt. On Siberia, they've ditched the doubt and rediscovered their strengths: melody, romance, and that glorious guitar of Will Sergeant.

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25 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Badi Assad: Verde

Assad's guitar technique and arrangements are impeccable, her singing sweet and alluring, her experimental flourishes tasteful and never intrusive -- all of which comes largely at the sacrifice of passion.

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One should be wary of the New York hype machine - it's a beast...

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How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater by Marc Acito

Edward is not a fish out of water or a struggling outsider concentrating on his differences, as it seems every adolescent in contemporary literature is. He feels very at home with his friends and has no shortage of self-esteem.

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23 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Roll Bounce (2005)

While Roll Bounce means to be feel-good, its formulaic route to that end is often tedious.

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A History of Violence (2005)

This slippage between myth and realism, or maybe expectation and consummation, is precisely the genius of A History of Violence.

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Gladiator: Extended Edition (2000)

It's a bad sign for your making-of doc when the most interesting folks to listen to are the studio weasels.

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23 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Flightplan (2005)

Jodie Foster's face is the most frequently used and most powerful effect in Flightplan.

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