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Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Rescue mission

Seth’s private notebooks, bittersweet nostalgia.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The artist who calls himself “Seth” is obsessed with the elusive past. His illustrated stories (“comic books” seems too flimsy a term) dwell heavily on regret, the struggle of modern life, the yearning for a more innocent and perfect yesterday. It is no surprise, then, that Seth’s private sketchbooks...

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Room with a veil

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

At first, Alison Wearing's view of Iran is obscured by the native attire she dons, her Western upbringing (she's Canadian), and a romanticized view of the Middle East. But by the end of her journey, Wearing — and readers of Honeymoon in Purdah — may be surprised to learn that...

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Hip-hop sidekicks

A documentary look at the turntablist’s contemporary art.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

As director Doug Pray’s documentary points out in all its proud, goofy glory, hip-hop DJs are another breed of musician altogether. It’s in capturing their nerdy, underdog charm that Pray finds his groove — with Grandmaster Theodore, Stevie Dee, DJ Babu, Cut Chemist, et al.

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Blade II

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Blade (Wesley Snipes) – a blend of vigilante gunslinger, Bruce Lee, samurai and vampire wrapped in the black skin and leather of Shaft-meets-Batman — is back. Harder, darker and deeper than its predecessor, director Guillermo del Toro’s film abandons the day-walking gleam of the first Blade for shadowy lairs. But this sequel is still sharp — and it cuts deep.

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Spike & Mike's 2001 Classic Festival of Animation

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This is the respectable annual Spike & Mike, not that Sick & Twisted crap, and the offerings this year are of a consistently high quality. The funny stuff may not be as funny as it could be and the poignant stuff may border on the precious, but it's a well-paced 90 minutes that’s continually impressive.

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

After 20 years, Steven Spielberg's E.T. is back, with "never-before-seen footage, state-of-the-art computer-generated enhancements and a digitally remixed sound track." But go see it because it's a film geared toward kids, without lowering its standards because of it.

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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This 1999 addition to the anime corpus, directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, postulates an alternate ending to World War II — in which Japan is conquered by Nazi Germany, not the United States. With its hyper-real animation and mildly speculative storyline, it actually flattens out the possibilities of the form.

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Harrison's Flowers

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

A script that expects us to buy a 1940s-style love story in the middle of 20th century war realism is a paradox with a pretty face, analogous to the gap between its title and the gruesome subject matter it contains — with Andie MacDowell and David Strathairn.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Small Brown Bike

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Given that its use of raspy vocal shouts and driven personal pop are obvious nods to groundbreakers like Jawbreaker or Hot Water Music, the Bike has held its own style of added heaviness and energy that’s somewhere between hardcore and emo. Added aggression is also accompanied by unpredictable chord...

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Ah, sweet mystery …

Detroit’s Carla Harryman gazes at language’s uncanny innards.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Jagged plots, erotic detail and deviant grammar are all means for undermining the literary status quo, but Detroit-based experimental writer and playwright Carla Harryman understands that humor can function as the most subversive device of all. Her deft cobbling together of theory, vernacular speech, erudite language, unusual action and psychology...

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