Reviews

9 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Gigli (2003)

It's tempting to imagine what extras might have been like for a Gigli DVD, given that the film received what had to be the most vehement critical drubbing of any released this past year.

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9 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Dark Crystal (1982)

It's ability to inspire terror is indicative of its creators' amazing craftsmanship.

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9 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

Draws much of its visual and dramatic effectiveness from Preminger's intelligent use of the screen process of the 1950s, Cinemascope.

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9 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Bad Boys II (2003)

In almost every way, Bad Boys II is larger, louder, and longer than the original. It is also more of the same.

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8 Dec 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Blues Story [DVD]

The best thing about this blues documentary is that it doesn’t speak for itself. It has no narrator; instead, it organizes interview clips (real

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	Simon and Garfunkel: The Essential Simon and Garfunkel

Naturally, we are duty bound to consider the music, the recordings, first of all. Most perhaps, come to Simon and Garfunkel by way of the

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8 Dec 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Slipstream: Transcendental

I’ve been living with Slipstream’s latest release, the incessantly languid Transcendental, for about a month. I’ve listened numerous times and the more

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	Jason Ringenberg: A Day at the Farm with Farmer Jason

Jason Ringenberg is better known as the hell-raising frontman for country-rock band Jason and the Scorchers. The touring and gigs has resulted in him being

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	Virgínia Rodrigues: Mares Profundos

There is such a thing as beauty, beauty that exists and cannot be denied or dismissed or even really explained, and Virgínia Rodrigues’s

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8 Dec 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Iggy Pop: Skull Ring

As music is an ever-changing landscape of trends and tastes, each cyclical period will be highlighted by a handful of albums that stand apart from

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	The Pleased: Don’t Make Things

In their brief career, the San Francisco, California, five-piece band the Pleased has already racked up quite an impressive tally of scene points having played

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	Jean-Michel Pilc: Cardinal Points

This has turned out to be quite a year for piano trios. 2003 has seen the release of the Keith Jarrett Standards Trio’s Up for

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	Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Plays Berkeley [DVD]

Seeing as how little exists in the way of Jimi Hendrix archival material on film, it’s easy to get excited over the release or

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8 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Tracy Morgan Show

Tracy Mitchell (Tracy Morgan) is more bland than 'streetwise,' a means to market 'blackness' to NBC's viewers.

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8 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Simple Life

Nicole Ritchie and Paris Hilton have no discernible talents (I haven't seen the video) and personalities as pleasant as a bout of dry heaving.

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8 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Married to the Kellys

If you watch 'family' sitcoms at all, you're already familiar with the Kellys: quirky kinfolk whose weekly crises are tied up with a big laugh and a group hug.

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8 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Line of Fire

Line of Fire trots out an entire season's worth of supporting cast in its initial 60 minutes, each with his or her own thumbnail typology.

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	Various Artists: The Motown Story - Volume I: The 1960s

Forget the Beatles. Forget the British Invasion. Forget Haight-Ashbury. The musical world of the 1960s was shaped and subsequently dominated by the entity known as

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7 Dec 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Peaches: Fatherfucker

Even though Peaches could be argued to be one of the progenitors of the genre, electroclash has always seemed to me to be one of

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	Lucero: That Much Further West

With Ryan Adams off on his own planet where he can impress rock critics with his CD collection, where’s an alt-country-punk fan supposed to

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