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Ross Langager
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Ross Langager has been contributing music reviews to PopMatters since early 2008. He has a BA (Honors) in English and a MA in English, both from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. He also writes a blog at http://rosslangager.com/ .


Features

Monday, December 5 2011

The Beauty and the Horror: Peter Jackson’s King Kong - Part 2

Jackson's film is as unwieldy and difficult as it is gripping and moving, expanding upon the exotic spectacle of the original while simultaneously steering the tale into the realm of tragic lament.


Wednesday, November 30 2011

The Beauty and the Horror: Peter Jackson’s King Kong - Part 1

This film is keenly aware of the myriad meanings embedded in its cinematic myth and sets about re-contextualizing and commenting upon the implied politics while offering extravagant thrills and tragic, classic romance.


Monday, November 28 2011

Money, Sex, and Power: Contemporary Adaptations in John Guillermin’s King Kong

The 1976 King Kong updates this modern myth’s meanings for a vastly different social, economic, and cultural milieu, but it does so with a leaden obviousness that undermines its conclusions.


Sunday, November 27 2011

From Spectacle to Elegy: The Cinematic Myth of King Kong

Like many of the Hollywood blockbusters that followed in its footsteps, King Kong was a barometer for its troubled times, a clear crystallization of many lurking social anxieties in Depression-era America.


Monday, November 23 2009

"With Our Love, We Can Save the World": The Beatles Within and Without the Late '60s Zeitgeist

The Beatles were consistently constructed as symbolic avatars for the social and cultural shifts of their time and place, even while they were still in the midst of that time and place.


Reviews

Tuesday, April 15 2014

It's Going to Be Hard for 'Fargo' to Seem Like Anything More than Coen Brothers Fan-Fiction

While the TV version goes down its own solitary snow-swept roads, its sprawling cast of characters featuring proxies for the film’s iconic figures.


Friday, February 21 2014

'About a Boy' Gives Us Man-Children by the Episode

Will and Marcus “grow up” together in bite-sized portions, learning to put away their respective childish things in the course of each episode. Then they regress.


Wednesday, June 26 2013

'Mad Men: Season Six': Steps Back and Forward

In this uneven but revelatory season of Mad Men, Don Draper’s mask of identity slipped and his performance became more difficult to maintain.


Monday, June 24 2013

'Under the Dome': Stephen King's Latest Mini-Series

Though sensationalist intrigues hold sway over the initial plot of Under the Dome, the gradual revelation of mysteries could well provide several seasons’ worth of dramatic interest.


Friday, May 31 2013

Personal Vendettas Are Made Public in 'The East'

Insomuch as firm principles drive the activities of the central figures of the East, those principles are undergirded (and undermined) by wounded resentment and personal vendettas.


Locksley: Locksley [21.Aug.11]

Blogs

Wednesday, December 16 2009

Slipped Disc: Doves - Kingdom of Rust

Albums that missed our Top 60 Albums list, but at least one of our writers loves.


Sunday, December 6 2009

The Best Singles of 2009: Coldplay - "Strawberry Swing"

We've unveiled our 50 best singles of the year, but that's not really a lot of songs. So, here are others bubbling just under that 50 mark.


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