Wednesday, October 24, 2001

The Last Castle

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

This is an odd pastiche of genres, a prison story crossed with a war film, an action movie about pride not reward. Yet director Rod Lurie (Deterrence, The Contender) is unable to inject this story with the gravity it so desperately needs, making it seem little more than an elaborate game of capture the flag.

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Bones

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The legend of Jimmy Bones (Snoop Dogg) is Frankensteined together from pieces ripped off from decades of American pop culture. The true horror is that Ernest Dickerson (Spike Lee’s right-hand cinematographer from his NYU grad school days to Malcolm X) directed this B-movie.

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Rock, sweat & fears

Two alterna-page-turners cover the indie-bohemian waterfront.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to sell all my records, cancel never-ending dentist appointments and just float for a few years. I’ve always envied the mobility and seemingly carefree instability of the laid-back musicians I write about every week. How did I get so stable, I ask...

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Four days of hell

The "Korean Conflict" revisited through prize-winning investigative reports.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Nations that ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Case in point: Nearly 20 years before the horrors of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, American soldiers shot down hundreds of unarmed, innocent refugees--many of them women and children — at a railroad trestle in South Korea during the beginning...

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The Ruiners

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Watch out for these scarily fun bad-boys — the band's collective maniacal grin is highly contagious, and its ever-so mashable goth-a-billy surf-punk will take a stab at your heart and infect you with its wild, hyphenated-hybrid sound. Flamboyant costumes and antic stage personas certify that for the Ruiners (and...

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Iron Monkey

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Directed by Woo-ping Yuen — the kung fu choreographer of The Matrix — this film has Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s look and action animated by a classic kung fu plot (in Cantonese with English subtitles) with moments of Jackie Chan-like comedy.

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Rock, sweat & fears

Two alterna-page-turners cover the indie-bohemian waterfront.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to sell all my records, cancel never-ending dentist appointments and just float for a few years. I’ve always envied the mobility and seemingly carefree instability of the laid-back musicians I write about every week. How did I get so stable, I ask...

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It ain’t me, babe

Another Dylan bio rides its horse down the mortal trail.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Who hasn’t picked up a rocker’s biography, only to put it down after 10 pages knowing full well that the subject was being made an obvious devil or a saint? Mick Jagger is not Winston Churchill. And Altamont was most certainly not the Battle of Britain. There’s a silliness, an...

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Scoundrels’ progress

Looking under a rock for Bob Dylan and Richard Fariña.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Mimi Baez once said that neither Bob Dylan nor Richard Fariña knew how to ride a motorcycle, and she was right on the money: Both men suffered serious crashes that affected them in profoundly different ways. David Hajdu’s Positively Fourth Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan,...

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Glam outback

An insider’s tour of heavy metal in the hinterlands.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

“Who the fuck are these guys? And — more importantly — Are these guys even guys?” These thoughts raced through the mind of a young Chuck Klosterman when he laid eyes on glam-metal band Mötley Crüe for the first time, as we learn in the opening anecdote of Fargo...

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