Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Small Craft Sighting

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Small Craft Sighting crafts sincere guitar strains of darkness, regret and doubt with just the right hint of sweetness and aggressive crash that'll lift your thought-drunk broken heart out of even the muddiest pothole puddle of sorrow. It's the perfect combination of waffle-cone punk crunch and emotional soft-serve rock...

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Hi-fi short delights

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

In the introduction to Speaking With the Angel, editor Nick Hornby wrote parenthetically, “I’ve pinched the title from Ron Sexsmith, whose first album contains a song of that name which seems to me to be heart-meltingly relevant.” Relevant to the stories contained in the book? Not really. What makes...

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Extreme puzzle busters

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Video games are often a sublime release for aggression — a priceless tool for fist-o-matics to channel their violent behavior. Yet some games defy this unwritten rule. Plunge into the unruly PlayStation 2 world of AquaAqua, for instance, where little dewdrop demons with lollipop smirks and childlike peculiarity wander...

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Asian Cinderella

Long ago and far away, a tale of secret love and rescue.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

What makes this 18th century Korean folk tale more than a nicely photographed storybook fable is that it's narrated by a Korean pansori singer, who often crops up in voice-over describing the action we're seeing. It’s a picturesque love story with a sound track whose raw emotionalism will swamp the casual listener.

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Criminal Lovers

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Hansel and Gretel kill: Some myths and fairy tales are our collective nightmares, safely entrapped in the dream language of highly symbolic prose. Director François Ozon (Water Drops on Burning Rocks) translates some of that prose into horrifyingly explicit cinematic flesh and blood.

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Monkeybone

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Two Tim Burton-collaborators, writer Sam Hamm (Batman) and director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas), have managed to create a perky film about night terrors that gets increasingly silly and shrill — with Brendan Fraser and Bridget Fonda.

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3000 Miles to Graceland

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

A muddled theme-park ride through scenes of action, romance and comedy played out by latter-day cowboys and Jezebels, cops and robbers — maybe this is what male "menopause" looks like — with Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell and Courteney Cox-Arquette.

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See Spot Run

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The catchy title is one of the few charms of this irredeemable pile of steaming dog crap, a movie so rife with warmed-over slapstick and hoary clichés that its utter uselessness becomes almost fascinating — with David Arquette and Paul Sorvino.

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Incredible crisis

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Video games are often a sublime release for aggression — a priceless tool for fist-o-matics to channel their violent behavior. Yet some games defy this unwritten rule. Plunge into the unruly PlayStation 2 world of AquaAqua, for instance, where little dewdrop demons with lollipop smirks and childlike peculiarity wander...

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Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Thrall

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Thrall takes the scariest parts of late-night public-access church talk programs and sets them to metal-infused hymns, perhaps what would happen if some rebellious mic assistant replaced the holy water with acid rain or just plain old liquid acid. Emitting fiery, fainting, fallen-angel rock sermons from his contorted gut, Mike...

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