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Game, Set, Match Point

January 31, 2006

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Woody Allen beautifully sets up this existential cipher in his newest film, Match Point, starring Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Christopher Walton, Rhys-Meyers' character, has abandoned his international life as a professional tennis-player for the more sedate, country club scene in London. At the outset of...

Squid Plus Whale

December 6, 2005

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In the unfortunate era of 50 percent divorce rates and the subsequent decline of the nuclear family, Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale surely resonates for the youth of "Generation Y." Director Noah Baumbach, (writing partner to Wes Anderson) presents us with his autobiographical story set in Brooklyn in the early 19...

One Song Worth a Whole Album?

November 29, 2005

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Artist: Devendra BanhartAlbum: Cripple Crow The album runs a little long. With 22 tracks, it tends to run its course by the end. There are moments though, for instance, "Heard Somebody Say" starts a bit like The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" and becomes even catchier. The soft strumming and soft singing gives a listener a rel...

Sun Kill Moon and Plenty of Good Songs

November 15, 2005

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Artist: Sun Kill MoonAlbum: Tiny Cities Sun Kill Moon's Mark Kozelek formerly was the frontman for Red House Painters and now has released a whole album dedicated to covers of Modest Mouse songs. The album consists of eleven tracks and focuses on early songs by Modest Mouse, including "Neverending Math Equation" and "Dramamin...

Thou Shalt Love Thy Grandmother as Thyself

November 15, 2005

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Artist: The Fiery FurnancesAlbum: Rehearsing My Choir Brother and sister duo Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger return with their newest release, Rehearsing My Choir, which dives even deeper into their familiar topic of life in Chicago than their former albums (the tongue-twisting Gallowsbird's Bark and their collection of pr...

Shopgirl Review

November 15, 2005

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With a tagline like, "relationships don't always fit like a glove," one can assume Steve Martin's "Shopgirl" to be a problematic film. Starring Claire Danes as Mirabelle Buttersfield, a Vermonter-moved-West-in-search-of-fame, who spends her days wearing cute 1950s inspired dresses, standing behind the counter of the glove de...

Off The Record: Danger Doom

November 15, 2005

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Artist: Danger DoomAlbum: The Mouse and the Mask Any rap album that starts with a cartoon asking listeners "Why did you buy this album? You're stooooo-pid" immediately catches my attention. Danger Doom's recent release The Mouse and the Mask is a concept album which brings comic book influenced mask-wearing emcee MF DOOM together ...

Murray, Jarmusch, and Broken Flowers

September 7, 2005

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The chairs were quite comfortable at the movie theater.Ê It was especially comfortable not having to cram between strangers talking and sending text messages on their cell phones, because up until the previews I was the only one there. Soon though, a few people came in and I wasn't by myself. I was there, along with th...

Wimbledon Apparently Isn’t So Bad

September 28, 2004

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Director: Richard Loncraine Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau & Eleanor Bron What could seem very intriguing about a movie that involves tennis? Moreover, what in the world is believable about a film that features Kirsten Dunst as the number- one women's player in the world? I originally anticipated th...

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

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...

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