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When shopping nirvana shrivels away like the mega mall growing incrementally smaller behind you at the end of a long day, and buyer's remorse begins gnawing at your nerves, and you begin to fret the futility of it all, Rob Horning's blog, "Marginal Utility", steps in to stimulate your woefully neglected neocortex. Read, laugh, weep, but above all: realize. You'll feel smarter again in no time.

Monday, January 28 2002

Dawn Robinson: Dawn


Citizen Cope: self-titled


Thursday, January 24 2002

A Walk to Remember (2002)

PULL.


Metropolis (2001) - PopMatters Film Review )

It's not so often that you see an anime as deliberately unsexy as Rintaro's 'Metropolis'.


The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

As John (Richard Gere) begins to question his own journalistic rigor and even his sanity, a number of inconsistencies in the stories of the mothman crop up.


The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

It's exceedingly good to see Luis Guzmán looking so vibrantly out of place in Kevin Reynolds' 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.


Sundance Film Festival 2002

For 10 days each January, Park City is a conversely utopian and dystopian microcosm of the entertainment industry, a Hollywood-as-mountain kingdom that is as isolated and insular as it is enviable and confounding.


Tuesday, January 22 2002

Can Chuck D Speak? Rap, Race, and Rant

. . . (W)hat happened that evening did not happen only to Chuck D or only to his audience, but what happened -- or what was mean to happen -- instead just snapped and slacked and fell in the air between us.


Matthew Shipp: Nu Bop


Seaworthy: The Ride


Check Engine: self-titled


Algorithm: Composure


Thursday, January 17 2002

Liars


Snow Dogs (2002)

In 'Snow Dogs', Cuba Gooding, Jr. is all giggles and slapstick. I lost count of the number of times he slipped on the ice or fell in the snow.


Wednesday, January 16 2002

Sleater-Kinney


Tuesday, January 15 2002

Bellbottoms, Bluebelles and the Funky-Ass White Girl

. . . the collaboration between Nyro and Labelle . . . placed the issue of gender and sexuality in the mix alongside traditional critical musings about race.


Monday, January 14 2002

The Shiners: Bonnie Blue


Friday, January 11 2002

The Handsome Family


Thursday, January 10 2002

What Time Is It There? (2001)

'What Time Is It There?' presents what may be Tsai's most pronounced rendering of the impossibility of sexual intimacy and connection.


Orange County (2002)

More than anything else, 'Orange County' is mundane.


Charlotte Gray (2001)

The obvious reason for the glut of overly celebratory WWII films of the past few years is nostalgia for a time in American life when things like international politics and warfare were clear-cut.


Charlotte Gray (2001)

... challenges the national ideologies, nostalgia and idealization that have become so commonplace in popular cultural imaginings of the 'great war'.


Wednesday, January 9 2002

The Deer Camp

The Deer Camp is about 20 miles into the next county, five miles down a winding stretch of dirt road, and smack in the middle of 200 acres of forest and swamp.


Lies, damned lies, and end of year polls

The old Broadway show gag comes to mind, 'No one liked it, only the public'.


The Practice

The attorneys on ABC's 'The Practice' can't catch a break.


Tuesday, January 8 2002

The Stories of Alice Adams by Alice Adams

Her collection covers love in all its forms.


Pakistan: In the Shadow of Jihad and Afghanistan by Mary Anne Weaver

A brilliant and insightful account of an important nation that is in the midst of a serious identity crisis.


100 Years of Harley Davidson by Willie G. Davidson

No company has done more to perpetuate the Biker myth.


Jocks 2: Coming Out to Play by Dan Woog

Masculinity is more than hair on your back and ball scratching.


The Hours by Michael Cunningham

A meditation on creation, destruction, ordinariness, sanity-insanity and the fine line between the two.


The Feud that Sparked the Renaissance: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World by Paul R

He proposes a reasonable and engaging thesis -- that in Florence in 1403, two men, Filippo Brunelleschi and Lorenzo Ghiberti, fired the first shots of an artistic revolution that marked 'the beginning of a modern consciousness.'"


Lonzie’s Fried Chicken

The one unarguable hallmark of a Southerner, however, is his or her inborn, innate ability to tell a story. 'Lonzie's Fried Chicken', a small and succulent literary journal out of Lynn, North Carolina, is busy providing space for the storytellers of the New South to spin their tales and work their special magic.


Night Train

A pleasantly un-self-conscious blend of subjects and settings.


Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern

These texts together form an intricate picture of a state of American literature and give the reader access to new works by promising authors.


Monday, January 7 2002

Various Artists: Samba Bossa Nova


The Shield

As played by new Emmy winner Michael Chiklis, Vic Mackey is casually racist and homicidal, by turns charismatic and appalling.


Sunday, January 6 2002

The Chemistry Experiment: The Giraffe Album


Thursday, January 3 2002

Impostor (2001)

Based on a 1953 Philip K. Dick story, the film rehearses the usual Dickish concerns, namely, a male protagonist's loss of identity, confidence, and context in a dystopic SF future.


Wednesday, January 2 2002

Best Music Videos of 2001


Ten Best Films of 2001


A Year at the Video Store


Favorite Films of 2001


Friday, December 28 2001

Evan Dando & The Rebel Crue 2002


Monday, December 24 2001

Kate & Leopold (2001)

Never mind that Leopold is clueless when it comes to actual labor or the concept of class; as long as he's upper, he has no need to know anything more.


Ali (2001)

Ali embodies a kind of car-wreck charisma -- arrogant and self-conscious, beautiful and fierce, even on twenty-year-old tape, he can take your breath away. This ability to mesmerize makes Ali who he is, or more accurately, who everyone wants him to be. He's a cipher and a screen onto which viewers might project themselves.


Thursday, December 20 2001

The Majestic (2001)

PULL.


Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)

Full-length computer-animated features have, thus far, fallen into the realm of children's fantasy.


Joe Somebody (2001)

It gets points for knowing what it is, a formulaic PG picture without pretensions to grandeur (and for not being 'The Majestic').


How High (2001)

Meth is, as always, an exceedingly charismatic presence, and his partner an able comic foil.


Wednesday, December 19 2001

Missing Walter

. . . I paid my stay-at-home-PTA-homeroom-chairperson-every-freakin-fieldtrip-chaperone-mother dues . . .


Tuesday, December 18 2001

Little Otik (2000)

Jan Svankmajer taps into the appeal of the maternal horror story.


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

What is potentially most urgent about 'The Fellowship of the Ring' is how it reflects the tenor of our time.


Monday, December 17 2001

Best of 2001: Sarah Zupko


Best of 2001: David Zahl


Best of 2001: Ben Varkentine


Best of 2001: Ryan Tranquilla


Best of 2001: Jason Thompson


Best of 2001: Ted Swedenburg


Best of 2001: Michael Stone


Best of 2001: J. Victoria Sanders


Best of 2001: Eden Miller


Best of 2001: Rob McLaughlin


Best of 2001: Kevin Mathews


Best of 2001: John Kreicbergs


Best of 2001: Matt Keppel


Best of 2001: Scott Hudson


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