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Wednesday, January 28 2009

Yesterday's Dreams: Motown in the 1980s

The music of Motown's third decade does not quite deserve the close attention that the label's first two decades warrant, but even a cursory look at the label in these years reveals that things weren't all bad.


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Wednesday, November 4 2009

The Stepfather (1987)

Unlike Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees, the monstrous title character of The Stepfather is both plausible and a rich metaphor.


Tuesday, September 8 2009

Homeboy

Johnny never gets a direct answer as to whether he could have been good or not, but the film gives the viewer enough images, not words, to decide for himself.


Tuesday, August 18 2009

Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy

In terms of story, these films comprise a trilogy. However, in tone, theme, and character development, they couldn’t be more different.


Monday, July 27 2009

Claude Lévi-Strauss in His Own Words

Although worthwhile to have his interviews compiled and contextualized as they are here, one might as well just read Lévi-Strauss


Sunday, July 26 2009

Deep Purple: History, Hits and Highlights 1968-1976

A 20-minute live version of “Mandrake Root” would be enough to convince me to sniff glue, put a safety pin through my cheek, and forget how to play guitar, too.


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