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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


Columns

Tuesday, December 3 2013

There Are Eight Million Stories in the 'Naked City', Here Are 138 of Them

In Naked City there are rarely clear instances of heroism or cowardice. Guilt and innocence are always subjective, and early impressions are more often than not reversed by the final reel.


Thursday, January 17 2013

Your Mission, Should You Decide to Accept It, Is to Watch 'Mission: Impossible: The Complete Series'

As a window into the Cold War-era pop-culture past, Mission: Impossible is as entertaining as anything you're likely to find. If you can manage to suspend your disbelief, it's a worthy entry into the pantheon of espionage thrillers.


Reviews

Tuesday, December 9 2014

'Accused Series 1 and 2' Is a Good Procedural, Episodically

Fans of quality British television could do much worse than Accused, but only certain episodes, such as the one featuring Sean Bean's stunning role as a transvestite, stand out.


Wednesday, November 5 2014

'In the Light of What We Know' Suffers From Sahib Syndrome

While living in Pakistan I often noted how a certain class of subcontinental man was prone to what I called “sahib syndrome” – the need to pontificate, at length.


Tuesday, November 4 2014

'Ilo Ilo' Is Too Understated for Its Own Good

The debut feature from director Anthony Chen features strong performances, but its understated quality makes the film struggle to make a lasting impression.


Thursday, October 30 2014

'Y Tu Mama Tambien' Hides Serious Themes Behind Comedic Fluff

Alfonso Cuarón's highly sexualized film is deceptively serious, hiding weighty themes behind comic banter and, yes, plenty of sex.


Tuesday, October 21 2014

'The World Atlas of Street Photography' Is a Commanding Overview

Readers familiar with these artists will be happy with this representative selection, while newcomers such as myself will find much to pore over, much to enjoy and much to provoke thought.


DVA: Nipomo [28.May.14]
Habibi: Habibi [29.Apr.14]
Tinariwen: Emmaar [11.Feb.14]
The Fuzz: The Fuzz [16.Jan.14]
ASG: Blood Drive [21.Jul.13]
Eat Skull: III [2.Apr.13]
JuJu: In Trance [29.Jan.13]
Stag: Stag [25.Jan.13]
Battleme: Battleme [23.Aug.12]
Kadavar: Kadavar [22.Aug.12]
Sidi Toure: Koima [24.Jul.12]
Karantamba: Ndigal [22.Jul.12]
Niyaz: Sumud [19.Jul.12]
Aeges: The Bridge [12.Jun.12]
Grubstake: Anyhow [26.Feb.12]
C. Joynes: Congo [2.Feb.12]
Sia Tolno: My Life [15.Jan.12]
Celilo: Buoy Bell [30.Oct.11]
Lostribe: Sophie [18.Sep.11]
Cap D: PolyMath [6.Dec.10]
Weep: Worn Thin [2.Dec.10]
Lachi: Lachi [14.Nov.10]
SMOD: SMOD [24.Oct.10]
Sasha Dobson: Burn [29.Jul.10]
Noun: Holy Hell [27.Jul.10]
Coconuts: Coconuts [29.Jun.10]

Blogs

Thursday, August 14 2014

Don’t Open That Door! #61: 'The Blob' (1958)

This week in our ongoing field guide to '50s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them: those crazy kids save the world from marauding grape jelly in The Blob.


Wednesday, August 6 2014

Don’t Open That Door! #61: The Aztec Mummy aka La Momia Azteca (1957)

This week on our ongoing field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them: things get spicy south of the border in The Aztec Mummy, known to Telemundo viewers as La Momia Azteca


Thursday, November 21 2013

Don’t Open That Door! #60: 'The Crawling Eye' (1958)

Welcome to our ongoing field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: alien invaders take a long hard look at Switzerland in The Crawling Eye.


Thursday, October 31 2013

Don’t Open That Door! #59: 'The Jungle' (1952)

Welcome to our ongoing field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: it's Mother India versus Mother Nature in The Jungle.


Thursday, October 17 2013

Don’t Open That Door! #58: 'It Came From Outer Space' (1953)

Welcome to our ongoing field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: mysterious goings-on in the desert can only mean one thing in It Came From Outer Space.


Don’t Open That Door! #52: 'Atomic Submarine' (1959) (Short Ends and Leader) [15.Aug.13]
Don’t Open That Door! #48: 'The Fly' (1958) (Short Ends and Leader) [27.Jun.13]
Don’t Open That Door! #45: The Mysterians (1957) (Short Ends and Leader) [6.Jun.13]
Don’t Open That Door! # 43: THEM! (1954) (Short Ends and Leader) [22.May.13]
Don’t Open That Door! #44: 'The Mummy' (1959) (Short Ends and Leader) [3.May.13]
Don’t Open That Door! #38: 'The Wasp Woman' (1959) (Short Ends and Leader) [11.Apr.13]
Don’t Open That Door! #33: 'Target Earth' (1954) (Short Ends and Leader) [7.Mar.13]
Don’t Open That Door! #28: 'Rocketship X-M' (1950) (Short Ends and Leader) [31.Jan.13]
Don’t Open That Door! #25: 'The Tingler' (1959) (Short Ends and Leader) [10.Jan.13]
Don’t Open That Door! #21: 'Man Beast' (1956) (Short Ends and Leader) [8.Nov.12]
Don't Open That Door! #17: 'Kronos' (1957) (Short Ends and Leader) [11.Oct.12]
Don’t Open That Door! #16: 'Tarantula' (1955) (Short Ends and Leader) [4.Oct.12]
Don’t Open That Door! #13: 'She Demons' (1958) (Short Ends and Leader) [20.Sep.12]
Don’t Open That Door! #13: '4D Man' (1959) (Short Ends and Leader) [13.Sep.12]
Don’t Open That Door! #10: 'The Manster' (Short Ends and Leader) [23.Aug.12]
Don't Open That Door! #9: 'X the Unknown' (1956) (Short Ends and Leader) [16.Aug.12]
Don't Open That Door! #8: Prehistoric Women (1950) (Short Ends and Leader) [9.Aug.12]
Don't Open That Door! #7: The Mole People (1956) (Short Ends and Leader) [2.Aug.12]
Don't Open That Door! #4 - 'The Black Scorpion' (1957) (Short Ends and Leader) [12.Jul.12]
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