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Best Of
Best Of
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5.0 out of 5 stars A master, Oct. 25 2003
This review is from: Best Of (Audio CD)
This is one of the first discs I acquired when I decided to beef up the jazz presence in my CD collection. Miles Davis is an essential performer and the compilation presents an overview of his fine work in the 50s. The tracks are short but fascinating and moving. Get it.

Bossanova
Bossanova
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine Pixies disc, Oct. 25 2003
This review is from: Bossanova (Audio CD)
A bit slicker than some of their other recordings and with fewer memorable tunes, "Bossanova" is still a terrific release. The Pixies were one of the best rock bands ever. Singer Black Francis turns in another unconventional, versatile performance. The band rocks hard ("Allison"), spaces out ("Havalina"), and indulges its pop sensibilities ("Dig for Fire," "Hang Wire"). Listen and enjoy.

Pleased to Meet Me
Pleased to Meet Me
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in love with that song, Oct. 19 2003
This review is from: Pleased to Meet Me (Audio CD)
Working at my pizza delivery job back in the '80s, I heard "Alex Chilton" on the local college station. It blew me away. I immediately asked myself, "What's that song?" and couldn't leave the car until the announcer had identified it. From that point on, the Replacements became one of my favorite rock bands of all time. While this disc is not quite up to the standard they set with "Let It Be," it is still a great listen. Paul Westerberg's pop sensibilities are coming to the foreground here, and the result is more polished and produced than their past efforts. Despite a couple of throwaway tunes, incredible tracks such as "Can't Hardly Wait," "Nightclub Jitters," "Valentine," and the above-mentioned "Chilton" make this a keeper.

A Decade Of
A Decade Of
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable tunes, Oct. 18 2003
This review is from: A Decade Of (Audio CD)
A great compilation from an innovative rock band, this disc loses a star for what is not included, namely "Josie" and "Dirty Work." What remains still makes for top-notch listening. "Deacon Blues" has always had a special place in my heart.

The Life of David Gale (Widescreen Bilingual Edition)
The Life of David Gale (Widescreen Bilingual Edition)
DVD ~ Kevin Spacey
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1.0 out of 5 stars What were they thinking?, Oct. 11 2003
Death penalty opponent David Gale (Kevin Spacey), himself imprisoned on Death Row for the murder of a fellow activist (Laura Linney), tells his story to a newspaper reporter (Kate Winslet) supposedly so that she can clear his name. This well-made film with its excellent cast starts out well but soon becomes implausible and silly. It may appear to be anti-death penalty propaganda, but the illogical surprise resolution of the story reveals it to be completely ambivalent. While masquerading as a serious film, it is actually an overwritten mystery with a dunderhead plot that portrays those on both sides of the issues as fools or worse--gun-toting good ol' boys on one side and dishonest crazies on the other. If it doesn't offend you regarding your position on the death penalty, it should offend you as a lover of good movies.

Conversin'..the Elders
Conversin'..the Elders
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't get too comfortable, Oct. 5 2003
This review is from: Conversin'..the Elders (Audio CD)
James Carter clearly has a great command of his instrument. Whether being playful, romantic, or engaging in rude blasts of atonality, he is always fascinating to listen to. Here he teams up with a varied array of influential jazz masters to produce a disk of consistent quality. The only flaw is that Carter fails to maintain a cohesive atmosphere among his disparate elements, resulting in a hodgepodge of admittedly excellent tunes. This remains a challenging and rewarding listen that refuses to let you get too comfortable. A standout is the drunken, careening "Freereggaehibop."

Bread and Tulips (Widescreen) [Import]
Bread and Tulips (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Licia Maglietta
Offered by M and N Media Canada
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming film, Sept. 27 2003
A thoroughly charming romantic comedy from Italy. Rosalba (Licia Maglietta), a housewife who has been taken for granted by her family, finds herself separated from them when they forget her at a rest stop. Not even realizing what she is doing at first, she takes the opportunity to hitchhike to Venice and enjoy a hiatus from her dissatisfying life. Before long, she has a job in a florist's shop and has encountered an endearingly quirky cast of characters-a melancholy waiter (Bruno Ganz), a goofy masseuse (Marina Massironi), and the amateur detective who has been sent by her husband to find her (Giuseppe Battiston).
This film could have easily become too cloying or self-consciously cute. It avoids these pitfalls by employing a marvelous cast. The script (Doriana Leondeff) and direction (Silvio Soldini) focus on the humanity of the characters rather than superficial eccentricities that are meant to emphasize the whimsical nature of the story.

The Mouse That Roared (Sous-titres français)
The Mouse That Roared (Sous-titres français)
DVD ~ Peter Sellers
Offered by M and N Media Canada
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Sept. 27 2003
To save its failed economy, the Duchy of Grand Fenwick declares war on the United States with the intention of losing and receiving millions of dollars in aid. Unfortunately, Grand Fenwick's invasion force accidentally wins by seizing control of the experimental Q-bomb.
The premise of this cold war farce is funnier than its execution. Jack Arnold's direction is uninspired and the whole enterprise creaks along rather mechanically. Peter Sellars appears in three different roles, but he seems to be holding back. Although I found the film clever at times, I did not find one genuine laugh.

The Green Mile (Widescreen)
The Green Mile (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Tom Hanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine prison drama, Sept. 21 2003
This review is from: The Green Mile (Widescreen) (DVD)
The story unfolds in a Death Row ward in the 30s, where a giant black inmate who has been convicted of killing two little white girls (Michael Clarke Duncan) is delivered into the care of supervisor Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) and his staff of decent, hard-working prison guards (David Morse, Jeffrey DeMunn, Barry Pepper). It soon becomes clear that this inmate is not what he seems and that the Green Mile (so named for its green floor tiles) has become the unlikely setting for a time of miracles and wonder that will deeply affect everyone involved.
Many of the plot elements are predictable (for example, I could guess almost everything that would happen to the mouse, Mr. Jingles, as soon as he appeared on screen, and I knew how the whole sub-plot with the warden's wife would develop). However, this did not ruin the movie for me. I didn't foresee the outcome of Paul's story, which ends the film on a perfectly melancholy and elegiac note. In addition, the film is so well-made and the cast so perfectly chosen that, even when I knew what was going to happen, I looked forward to seeing how it would play out in the hands of writer/director Frank Darabont and his wonderful cast. I can't end this review without mentioning the amazing performance of Doug Hutchinson as the vile, aptly named Percy Wetmore.

Side Effects
Side Effects
by Woody Allen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny, Sept. 20 2003
This is a hilarious collection of humorous articles that Woody Allen wrote for the New Yorker in the 70s. The absudity of the humor and the intelligence of the references combine well in an engagingly zany, intellectual read. I laughed out loud several times.

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