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Fade to Black Already

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster Directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky Question: What would you say to a band that’s just starting out on the rock scene today? Cliff Burton, former Metallica bassist: Quit! Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, a new documentary currently showing at 3 Penny, teaches us that heavy metal isn’t just […]

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Kill Bill’s Fatal Flaw

Kill Bill Vol. 2 *** (A must-see) Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino With Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, and Daryl Hannah. What a rip-off artist this guy is–secondhand plot, secondhand characters, and secondhand themes, all tossed together with a healthy dose of gratuitous violence to please the groundlings and no regard whatsoever for […]

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Cash Value

Johnny Cash Unearthed (American) Unearthed, last fall’s five-CD collection of outtakes and unreleased material from Johnny Cash’s ten years with the American Recordings label, comes in a box as black as Cash’s tormented soul. The sleeves are made of CD-scratching cardboard, as unbending as Cash’s famous raised middle finger. The shrink-wrap is tenacious, as tenacious […]

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Read This One Carefully

Dear Reader, Kudos to Effie Mihopoulos for her courageous, eloquent poem in the March 28 Reader. It is no doubt a comfort to grievously wounded Iraqi civilians everywhere that–despite the very real burdens of lack of skill, lack of imagination, and lack of support from naysayers like Neal Pollack [“Everybody Shut Up!” February 28]–American poets […]