Reviews

15 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Great Gatsby (1974)

Raises a perennial question: if they can make a decent movie out of The Bridges of Madison County, why not a great one out of one of the best novels of the 20th century?"

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15 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Freaky Friday (2003)

Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan bring an appealing mutual affection to the remake of Freaky Friday.

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15 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Edge of the World (1937)

Michael Powell's work reveals the unshakable conviction that film should overwhelm the audience with an artist's deliberately crafted vision.

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15 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Eraserhead (1977)

Whatever it 'means,' Eraserhead makes clear that no one since the glory days of pre-color Hollywood understands the dramatic power of monochrome moviemaking better than David Lynch.

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14 Dec 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Tupac Shakur: Resurrection

Resurrection, the title of the latest biopic about slain rapper Tupac Shakur, is terribly misleading. The title Resurrection ignores the fact that, more than seven

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	James Brown / Smokey Robinson & the Miracles / The Supremes: 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Co

Each year at dates stretching back ever closer to the summer, every store you enter is droning one of the couple dozen Christmas songs in

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	Mötley Crüe: Shout at the Devil

Mötley Crüe rank as one of the worst bands in rock ‘n’ roll history to ever put out a classic album. As their

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	Koop: Waltz for Koop: Alternative Takes

Koop‘s 2002 album Waltz for Koop was one of that year’s buried treasures, a smooth, seamless blend of electronica and jazz, as the Swedish

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14 Dec 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Nik Freitas: Heavy Mellow

In the dingy, hole-in-the-wall indie music haven that is Larimer Lounge in north Denver, surprises probably happen every other night. Most of the time, though,

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	Don Friedman: Waltz for Debby

Ouch! Worse than this label’s Winton (sic!) Marsalis in the notes to another of its releases is this one’s omission of the last

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	Glen Campbell: Legacy (1961-2002)

Hey, I volunteered for this gig when I heard about it: a four-disc collection of Glen Campbell‘s career over 41 years! Hell, yeah, turn it

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11 Dec 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Missy Elliot: This Is Not a Test

Missy Elliott is an enigma. With each ensuing year she simultaneously encompasses the very essence of the mainstream, while constantly avoiding the artistic pitfalls of

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11 Dec 2003 // 10:00 PM

Pat Martino: Think Tank

Martino’s new release Think Tank is likely to raise more than a few eyebrows, as it marks a return to the modal-flavored hard bop upon which his reputation is largely based.

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	The Jessica Fletchers: What Happened to The?

As my fellow PopMatters writer David Medsker noted in his recent review of an album by the Rhinos, there has been an explosion of releases

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	Ronald Isley / Burt Bacharach: Here I Am

Without a doubt, Ronald Isley possesses one of the most exquisite voices to ever grace American pop music. But much of Isley’s recent work

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	John Hammond, Jr.: At the Crossroads: The Blues of Robert Johnson

This CD brings together the near enough fifty minutes of Robert Johnson (so to speak) songs recorded by John Hammond, Jr. on eight Vanguard albums

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	John Hiatt: The Best of John Hiatt (Millennium Collection)

As far as bang for the buck, this is an ideal John Hiatt sampler. In fact, unless you’re a real fan, you might be

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	Matthew Herbert: Goodbye Swingtime

The idea of taking a group of live musicians, recording them, and then splicing, looping, and otherwise manipulating the recording is certainly not new. Karlheinz

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11 Dec 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Paul Burch: Fool For Love

Paul Burch‘s love for all things retro is evident. Dylan (circa “Lay, Lady Lay”), the Beatles, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, and several other artists

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11 Dec 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Boris Flats: The Sunshine Imperative

The Boris Flats are back and dishing up a healthy serving of musical variety (it really is the spice of life) that will mesmerize, confound

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