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Film Review: Napoleon Dynamite

September 14, 2004

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This PG-rated epic's hero is far from your typical hunk who all the girls drool over. He is Napoleon Dynamite. Napoleon, played by Jon Heder, is a high school geek who lives in The-Middle-of-Nowhere, Idaho with his daredevil grandma and his thirty-five year-old brother Kip. Napoleon's main thrill in life is chatting with "b...

Off The Record, Beastie Boys’ 5 Boroughs

September 14, 2004

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The Beastie Boys, how sweet the sound. They once were lost, but now they're found. It's been almost two full decades since the 1986 release of the Beastie Boys' classic album License to Ill. Group-members MCA, Ad Rock, and Mike D exploded onto the hip-hop scene with their funky New York City white boy style, banging beats, an...

Off The Record

September 11, 2004

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7L and Esoteric have been big players in the Boston hip-hop scene since the summer of 2000 release of the Speaking Real Words EP. The duo's blend of 7L's high quality eclectic production and creative use of samples combined with Esoteric's innovative delivery of perfectly on-beat complicated polysyllabic rhymes was an immediate hi...

Off the Record

April 12, 2004

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Last weekend I purchased the new cd from Los Angeles rapper Murs. The West Coast's eccentric version of Old Dirty Bastard, Murs is known for his crazy antics as well as his work with groups like Atmosphere and Living Legends. Murs manages to blend the strictly West Coast style of Souls of Mischief with a little more Ea...

Hidalgo Is A Hit

April 12, 2004

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In Hidalgo, Viggo Mortensen plays a Pony Express courier for the US cavalry that witnesses the destruction of American Indian populations circa 1890 in the American frontier. Since his parentage is both European and Indian, Frank T. Hopkins (Mortensen) reacts strongly to the Indian genocide and turns to drinking. Throughout th...

White Lines, Black Roads, Grey Album, Nothing Important

March 8, 2004

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Recently I bought one of those tape-player CD adapters for my car stereo. I think it was one of the best purchases I made all year because now I can finally take my two old Sublime and Big Pun tapes out of permanent rotation and listen to music that has been released since I graduated from seventh grade. The drive down to S...

WRUV DJ Profile

March 1, 2004

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Name: Brad Desmond Show name: The Conflict Theory Time: Saturday 10-12pmGenre of Music you play:Desmond says, "These days with all the merging styles of music and influences it's hard to classify anything into just one category. I play music from the broad genre labeled 'electronic' (RPM, IDM), but mostly if I had to ...

The Passion of the Christ

March 1, 2004

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While watching The Passion of the Christ I had to remind myself that I was viewing a film and not a documentary of Roman torture methods. This film, directed by Mel Gibson, was the most brutal and grotesque film that I have ever seen. It surpasses all war movies, including Saving Private Ryan, in gore. So, if Gibson's intension fo...

21 Grams Pulls Up 7 Short

February 9, 2004

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"21 Grams" is the new film starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, and Benicio Del Toro. The film comes from the new-to-Hollywood director Alejandro Inarritu (with various accents to accent his foreignness). All the performances are pure and driven; however, the emotions they play out are over-dramatic and depressing.'21 Grams' en...

New Hampshire and Back

Cathleen Alison Murray

February 2, 2004

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Manchester, New Hampshire is waking up. Reporters litter the streets, cameras dangling around their necks, poking microphones into faces, and scribbling in notebooks. Locals and tourists walk by clutching copies of Manchester's The Union-Leader or the New York Times. The sidewalk is frozen, clumps of ice mounded near the dr...

John Brown’s Body: So Good You Should Travel To See Them

Michael David Spies

January 26, 2004

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When I arrived at Higher Ground on Friday, November 21st, to interview John Brown's Body, I had the same pre-conceived notion as many other people and critics - Here is the white reggae band. I sat down to talk with Chris (trumpet) and Tom (drums) of John Brown's Body, and was not only swayed, but also moved. Rock, roots, re...

The Matrix: Revolutions Opens

December 8, 2003

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This week an epic story came to an end (yeah right; that's what they said about Star Wars). The Matrix: Revolutions opened in theaters around the world this past Wednesday simultaneously. East coasters enjoyed the film at 9:00 in the morning, while those on the Pacific coast received a screening at 6:00 a.m. Now, in...

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