January 2004 Archives

The Twilight Samurai

The Twilight Samurai by Yôji Yamada (Review)

As a result of its small, intimate, and unassuming approach, The Twilight Samurai is simply a masterpiece.
Last Life in the Universe

Last Life in the Universe by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Review)

A very simple story of two hopeless people meeting and slowly learning to have hope in their lives again.
Fist of Legend, Gordon Chan

Fist of Legend by Gordon Chan (Review)

The first Jet Li film I ever watched, and I think it may very well have spoiled all of his other films for me.
Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts - M83

Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts by M83 (Review)

I wish I could find it more lovely, but it all feels a bit too fake for my tastes.
Cure, Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Cure by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Review)

A compellingly ambiguous morality play that is Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s unquestioned master work.
So Close

So Close by Corey Yuen (Review)

I wish I could call this movie a guilty pleasure.
Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead, Do Make Say Think

Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead by Do Make Say Think (Review)

An utterly compelling release and one that further establishes and cements the band’s reputation with each listen.
The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place

The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place by Explosions In The Sky (Review)

The post-rock band smooths out their sound… but that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Memories of a Color - Stina Nordenstam

Memories of a Color by Stina Nordenstam (Review)

Though it starts off in jazzy pop-lite territory, Stina Nordenstam’s debut develops an emotional wallop by its end.
Telegraphs In Negative Mouths Trapped In Static - Set Fire to Flames

Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped in Static by Set Fire To Flames (Review)

Set Fire to Flames really manages to capture the sound of human madness and fright.
Blue EP - Spy Glass Blue

The Blue EP by Spy Glass Blue (Review)

Overall, the EP feels like a transitional work to span the gap until a release that really displays the band’s talents.
You Talk Like You've Seen A Ghost - Cheyenne

You Talk Like You’ve Seen A Ghost by Cheyenne (Review)

Beau Jennings’ music won’t immediately grab you but its simple charms and honest emotion will grow on many listeners.


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