Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Soul to soul

Detroit’s Funk Brothers — the foundation of the Motown sound.

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

This documentary ultimately functions as an atonement, a call for the world to sit up and give props to the group of musicians who actually made the Motown records we still love so much: The Funk Brothers. The deep love and friendship that the fellas shared wash across the screen like a wave.

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Jim Brown: All American

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

Cleveland Browns great Jim Brown, since his unilateral domination of the football field, has been almost as successful as a movie star and outspoken activist. Spike Lee’s documentary seeks to take ESPN’s "SportsCentury" to the next level, though it feels a tad too adulatory to be truly balanced.

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I'm Going Home

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

Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira’s narrative strategy relies heavily on indirectness. When he says of his latest film that it's "almost a nonstory," he's to be taken literally, although it deals with the final days of an actor who has suffered a devastating late-in-life tragedy.

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Far From Heaven

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

Todd Haynes’ takeoff on Douglas Sirk’s overwrought, color-saturated 1950s melodramas rises above its camp roots and converts artifice into art. With Julianne Moore as a housewife who might be bored if she wasn’t so busy pasting on smiles for her friends and neighbors, the film explores two loves that dare not speak their names, homosexual and interracial.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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

Director Chris Columbus avoids overly replaying the visual wonders of his first episode, and as the shadows of J.K. Rowling’s fairy-tale allegory of white supremacy close in on Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the true scare here is how far beings — be they human or wizard — will go to defend the myth of racial purity.

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His Secret Life

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

You'd never guess that co-writer Gianni Romoli had a hand in writing the zombie cult classic, Cemetery Man, which seethes with humor. His Secret Life allows death and deception to weigh every moment down (even those meant to be positive emotional breakthroughs) like an anchor tied around our necks.

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Rockin' the grave

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

What becomes of a drowned rock star? Ask his mom. Five years since his bizarre death while crooning Led Zeppelin tunes in the wake of the Mississippi, Jeff Buckley remains the 2Pac of rock & roll, with posthumous adulation forcing a continued retail presence and an almost unseemly reverence. And,...

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Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Endgames in the sprawl

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Who cares if you don’t believe everything he says, any more this time than you did the last time around — this guy is just plain fun to read: a two-fisted fabulist for the postapocalyptic world. It’s Mike Davis I’m talking about, who’s just published his 9/11 book, which...

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Trane to heaven

Attaining the heights with modern jazz’s relentless searcher.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2002 at 12:00 AM

John Coltrane A Love Supreme (Deluxe Edition) Impulse! Records A Love Supreme, recorded on Dec. 9, 1964, and released the following February, was tenor saxophonist John Coltrane's last popular album. A rhythmic and soulful summing up made during his final experimental years, it was fierce without being intimidating, spiritual without...

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Trane to heaven

Attaining the heights with modern jazz's relentless searcher.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2002 at 12:00 AM

John Coltrane A Love Supreme (Deluxe Edition) Impulse! Records A Love Supreme, recorded on Dec. 9, 1964, and released the following February, was tenor saxophonist John Coltrane’s last popular album. A rhythmic and soulful summing up made during his final experimental years, it was fierce without being intimidating, spiritual...

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