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Film, "Rampart": Woody Harrelson Is a Bad Cop

"Rampart": Woody Harrelson Is a Bad Cop

Directed by Oren Moverman from a script by Moverman and L.A. noir master James Ellroy, Rampart tracks the downward spiral of LAPD cop Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson). The action's set in 1999, right around the time 70 Rampart Division cops…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Juices Flowing

Juices Flowing

Jackass Number Two: Unrated (Paramount) The sequel to the dumb-ass jamboree makes its predecessor look plain and inoffensive. In short: more puke, more blood, more semen (from a horse, consumed nonetheless), more shit, more piss, more everything till you'd think…
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Film,

Ghost World

Directed by Brian De Palma from the novel by neo-noirist James Ellroy, The Black Dahlia is a true-crime policier unfolding in late-'40s Los Angeles somewhere between the neighborhoods of Chinatown and Mulholland Drive. The premise involves one of L.A.'s most…
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Music, Reviewed John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice

Despite the too-easy contemporary advantages presented by digital sampling and laptops, some musicians still do things the old-fashioned way, with actual analog instruments -- San Francisco's John Vanderslice is one example. Pixel Revolt is a pop-symphonic delight of layered textures,…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Still Smokin'

Still Smokin'

SUN 10/24 Two things distinguish writer Alice B. Toklas in the public's mind. One is her longtime lesbian affair with Gertrude Stein. The other is The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, the 1954 collection of recipes that was notorious for…
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Culture, Stuff In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

There are not many stories left buried in James Ellroy's past. In 1996, at the age of 48, he penned his memoirs, in which he paired his life story with that of his dead mother, Jean Ellroy, a nurse found…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday october 1 Numero Umo Picture Hermann Hesse dangling from a trapeze and you'll get some sense of the Umo Ensemble's Caravan of Dreams, a tribute to the human hunger for enlightenment, inspired by Siddhartha, Hesse's account of the life…
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Film,

Tribute

Wise Blood Oscar-oriented fans of Robert Wise might think that he's led a secret life. Best-known for producing and co-directing West Side Story and producing and directing The Sound of Music, he's also made a half-dozen or so enduring cult…
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Film,

City of Angles

Suckling at the Big Nipple Bernardo Bertolucci once dubbed Los Angeles the Big Nipple. Writer/director Curtis Hanson has been suckling at it all his life. Just how much nourishment he's drawn becomes clear in his terrific new L.A. film, L.A.…
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Calendar, Halloween

Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: When my husband and I met we were promiscuous, drug-ingesting, late-night fiends. Then we decided to get married, move across the country, and start fresh. We are much happier living this saner lifestyle, except for one thing: My…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday march 20 Motion and Emotion New York choreographer Donald Byrd combines classical ballet, modern dance, and the vernacular of African-American dance. In Bristle, Byrd examines gender's effect on male-female relationships; costumed in black, his company -- The Group --…
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