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Sunday, February 11 2007

Prince of the Ball

When His Majesty stood silhouetted against a billowing, yellow sheet, his phallic glyph guitar lunging into shadow, it was a bold display of virility that had many (including execs at Viagra, no doubt) shaking their heads in awe. I turned to my wife and checked her pulse. The night had reached its apex.


Sunday, February 5 2006

The Other Brother: Chris Penn (1965-2006)

During the 1990s, Penn chose vivid characters on both sides of the law, guys named Pulasky, Manetti, Turk, Duke, and Bubba.


Reviews

Sunday, November 15 2009

Natural Born Killers: The Director's Cut

Stone's pedigree secure, the Hollywood maverick turned on the system itself; tarring sensationalism, public bloodlust, and judicial entropy, seemingly with the same brush.


Monday, September 8 2008

Phish: Walnut Creek

Famous for their eclectic set lists (no two shows were identical), Phish tapes are a collector’s dream.


Sunday, April 27 2008

Muse: H.A.A.R.P.

Muse wows on headphones, but live, the band occupies rarified air, and HAARP is among the greatest shows on Earth.


Sunday, April 13 2008

Juno

Teens have their precious catchphrases and secret languages, but they're nervous, fumbling creatures. They don’t come equipped with Chaucer-like witticisms, or razor-sharp retorts.


Sunday, March 2 2008

Beowulf (2007)

Crawling with mermaids and monsters, irony, and gore, Beowulf delivers the goods, without betraying its core narrative.


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