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James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters by James Curtis

Curtis' refusal to see any gay content or sensibility in Whale's films, beyond the director's penchant for large floral arrangements on his sets, is baffling.

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How Brands Become Icons: The Principles of Cultural Branding by Douglas B. Holt

More than merely reflecting people and the times in which they live, iconic brands offer myths that help resolve the contradictions of society.

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Doubt: A History by Jennifer Michael Hecht

We are reminded that for most of history, doubt has been a moderating factor, allowing for a more cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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28 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Frank Lee Sprague: Merseybeat

In an extremely impressive feat of inspiration and musicianship, Frank Lee Sprague produces a set of songs that are both original and true to the spirit of an era.

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	Lily Holbrook: Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt

It turns out that all any busker wants to do is to make techno-influenced pop music.

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	Dark Tranquillity: Character

In which the veteran Swedish metal innovators show the youngsters a thing or two about what makes a good metal album.

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	Death in Vegas: Satan’s Circus

Death in Vegas have yet to craft a fitting follow-up to 1999's The Contino Sessions, and while Satan's Circus is an enjoyable album, it is also damningly immaterial.

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28 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

Doves: Some Cities

Doves' first album in three years keeps things simple, with pleasing results.

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28 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Vanessa Carlton: Harmonium

It's not easy being a 24-year-old adolescent with a string section at your disposal. Vanessa Carlton tries to show how grown-up she's become on Harmonium and actually sounds, like, ya know, more girlish than ever?"

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28 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Aarktica: Bleeding Light

The latest album from multi-instrumentalist Jon DeRosa, a record of drone-pop with free jazz aspirations, is more an enigma than an experience.

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Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation: Caught in the Act!

The animators here have, with a few exceptions, yet to outgrow a fascination with the satirical possibilities of putting wholesome cartoon characters through their R- and X-rated paces.

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The Greatest American Hero: Season One

Television producer/thriller novelist Stephen J. Cannell is like the Bob Dylan of TV.

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28 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Grid

The Grid attempts to confront terrorism and Western ignorance of Islamic culture head-on.

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28 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

CSI Miami: Season Two

CSI Miami celebrates wars on terror, drugs, and crime that disproportionately affect communities of color.

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28 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Same River Twice (2003)

In the late 1990s, Robb Moss decided to document the lives of five people from an early rafting trip, not knowing what form the new story would assume.

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28 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Our Town (2003)

Our Town is revered for its simple structure and shorthand summation of the human journey.

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I Heart Huckabees: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

As hard as he tries, Albert can't quite keep up with the Jaffes' questions, let alone their answers.

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Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

Much like John Moore's Behind Enemy Lines, Phoenix splices together traditional and current action movie clichés and rhythms.

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	Various Artists: Alone in the Dark: Music From and Inspired By the Motion Picture

A rare feat, in which one of the worst movies of the year has yielded one of the best soundtracks of the year.

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	Thievery Corporation: The Cosmic Game

Thievery Corporation is back up to the old tricks, digging deep for new beats. A global cast casts vocal incantations across the plats, crafting a new new sound for the Corp. Does it hold?"

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