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Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Factory 81

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Factory 81 has a lot to say (four to five minutes worth in almost every song) but the band members aren't lecturing specific protest strategies to the masses. They give their fans more credit than that. Vocalist Nathan Wallace even states in the liner notes that he isn't trying...

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Queer gear

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2000 at 12:00 AM

OK, Moral Majority, listen up. Not that you read this paper, but hopefully someone who does will slip this review into a Bible or Republican newsletter where you can stumble upon it. There’s something you’ve gotta know: There’s a book that belongs not just on the shelves of every...

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Dick and Jane’s addiction

Ron Mann chronicles our tragicomic struggle with demon weed.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2000 at 12:00 AM

This fresh and impressive documentary covering the 100-year war against marijuana was assembled by Ron Mann and has much of the zippy panache of his hugely entertaining Comic Book Confidential.

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Barenaked in America

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Directed by the versatile Jason Priestley, this documentary of the Barenaked Ladies’ tour of the States follows them as they bask in the first flush of genuine fame. If only these guys were more interesting. If only the direction weren't so flat-footed. If only …

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Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Party! Party! Party!

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

This is a dream: Gamers alike have yearned for a system that would deliver a multiplayer, party punch — taking the humdrum of singles night to a more intoxicating level. That is the authority of Sega’s blazing Dreamcast. First, automatic transmission is provided in Infogrames’ phenomenally pleasant surprise, Wacky...

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Kenny Larkin

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Kenny Larkin has the inclusive house sensibilities of the most swingin' dance-inducin' Chicago club DJ, but the overall feel is very calculated, very edgy, stripped-down experimental Detroit techno. With a visible percussive backbone and soul-cooked ribs reaching out from the center, the third-wave technician creates a tasty mix of...

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Nurse Betty

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

A fractured fairy tale for our cynical time: Director Neil LaBute (In The Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors) effortlessly blends black comedy and sentimental wish fulfillment with flashes of gut-churning violence — with Renee Zellweger, Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock.

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Rock this joint

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Imagine if Edmund Morris, Tom Wolfe and Jackie Collins had a threesome in a cheap motel on the outskirts of some god-awful suburb of St. Louis to celebrate the failed impeachment of Bill Clinton. This book is the equivalent of what the maid would find on the sheets. Don’t...

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You hadda be there

But rock journalist-director Cameron Crowe spills the beans.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Director Cameron Crowe (who wrote cover stories for Rolling Stone in his teens) has created a full-bodied portrait — funny, touching, frivolous and smart — of ’70s rock, an intoxicating brew of innocence and decadence. With Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs.

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Girl on the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

When it comes to a decidedly different perspective on romance, leave it to French director Patrice Leconte (Monsieur Hire) to redefine the parameters of love and obsession. The film’s fuel is the kinetic chemistry between veteran Daniel Auteuil and newcomer Vanessa Paradis.

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