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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.

Tuesday, May 28 2002

Con Dolore: This Sad Movie


Friday, May 24 2002

The Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah Winfrey and her Ego live in a world of their own, her highly successful 'O' magazine further illustrates her epic distance from the reality of most Americans.


Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

So in a post-September 11th world replete with conflicts from Afghanistan to continuous Palestinian-Israeli disputes, the lines between good and evil often seem blurry, and the cut-and-dry antics of galactic warriors instill a sense of hope, a realization of what morality should be. Who would've thought that the likes of Yoda, Obi Wan Kenobi and Chewbacca would serve as heroes for a celluloid generation whose sense of a world order would become crystal clear as a result of a few fictional characters?"


Supremium: Tales


Enon: High Society


Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2002)

Director Shohei Imamura might be Japanese cinema's answer to Tom Waits.


Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is about preserving rugged individualism and protecting the homeland.


Lagaan (2001)

The most remarkable aspect of Lagaan is its triumphant righting of historical wrongs.


Insomnia (2002)

The sun doesn't go down in Insomnia.


Enough (2002)

J-Lo rocks combat boots.


Alberto Giacometti (2001) - PopMatters Film Review )

They form a chilling glimpse into the indifference of the universe against which Giacometti worked.


Wednesday, May 22 2002

Vermont: Calling Albany


Ben Kweller: Sha Sha


Merlefest


Belle & Sebastian


Belle & Sebastian


Laurie Anderson


WRECKTHEPLACEFANTASTIC: A Metaphysics of the Mosh Pit

When a mosh pit is right-on, you experience one of the most energetic, crazed, communal forms of dancing ever invented.


The World’s Smallest Book Edited by Josua Reichert

With their stunning style and remarkable substance, these books are quickly becoming the maximum indulgence for any connoisseur of printed matter.


Steven Soderbergh Interviews by Anthony Kaufman, editor

His films are smart, stylish, and substantive, and he's made his peace with Hollywood without selling out -- truly a hero for our time.


Ridin’ High, Livin’ Free: Hell-Raising Motorcycle Stories by Ralph “Sonny” Barger, Keith and Kent Zi

It's unclear whether Barger is feeling his age or atoning for his sins, but it appears he has become an apologist, which is the last thing any biker, especially a Hell's Angel, should be.


Montana History Weekends: 52 Adventures in History by Dave Conklin

Montana is big, very little of it is national park, and David Conklin has given us a guide book that opens a new aspect of the Big Sky, its historic places, to visitors and residents alike.


Blood Orchid. An Unnatural History of America by Charles Bowden

The balanced appreciation of our appetites that has consumed Charles Bowden for over 25 years has become an increasingly demanding enterprise.


Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color by Philip Ball

It's a thick work full of tangents and an occasional jangle of jargon that pops up like a current of cold water.


Tuesday, May 21 2002

Tarentel: The Order of Things


Teenage Fanclub: Howdy


Wednesday, May 15 2002

Love and Robots

Due to the uniquely democratic nature of comics, the medium has been praised for helping to create national identities, a space for archetypal storytelling, and even a shared language of words and images.


Super Furry Animals


Motorhead


The Moldy Peaches


Coachella Music and Arts Festival


Revolutionary Soul Singa: Meshell Ndegeocello

Critical Noire -- Revolutionary Soul Singa: Meshell Ndegeocello -- Ndegeocello has never felt a need to defend or explain the supposed ambiguity that is so crucial to her music . . . an admittedly complex and creative articulation of what it means to be 'blackwomanbisexualbassplayersentientbeingGramscianintellectualandrevolutionarysoulsinger'.


The Haçienda Must Be Re-filmed

Here is a man who, almost single-handedly, wrested the UK rock crown from Liverpool . . . and made Manchester . . . the undisputed heavyweight of British sub-cultural credibility.


The X-Files

The X-Files has long been but a pale reflection of the show it once was.


Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

There are so very many characters playing central roles in the second half of the series, and accounting for all of their geneses is tricky indeed.


The Salton Sea (2002)

Danny's story is part noiry nightmare, part scam saga, and part junkie-underground travelogue.


About A Boy (2002)

'About A Boy' is not 'The Hugh Show'. Thank goodness.


Sade: Lovers Live


An Interview with Drew Parsons of American Hi-Fi

The combination of four sweaty, unassuming guys proudly displaying their heavy metal T-shirts whilst belting out a brand of classic-influenced modern rock that gave them their name, is not the conventional way a new band manages to break through in today's ultra competitive, MTV dominated music industry, but that's exactly how American Hi-Fi have managed it.


Monday, May 13 2002

You Know Better by Tina McElroy Ansa

Though definitely Southern in tone, 'You Know Better' delves into core problems currently plaguing the African-American community across the country. Never mind that Mulberry is a small-town; the issues addressed are rampant from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles.


Spy’s Fate by Arnaldo Correa

Correa's 'Spy's Fate' is a must for any spy novel enthusiast. Beyond this, the book is an important political statement, and being written in a Cuban voice, it is an amazing one.


Movie Love in the Fifties by James Harvey

Harvey wishes to illustrate how by appealing to and then upsetting the kinds of emotional allegiance audiences give to established cinematic conventions, a more complex and compelling kind of affection emerges, one drawn by oddity and extremity and not the tried and true.


Lucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox

Fox's book is not just another Hollywood cry for attention hidden in the form of an autobiography. Though he may be known primarily for his work as actor, movies and movie making are not why Fox put pen to paper.


Boulevard by Jim Grimsley

The book transcends the basic coming-out narrative by entering into a near fantasy world in which Newell never has to confront society.


The Beards: Funtown


Unfaithful (2002)

Unfaithful examines the trouble men get into when women behave too passionately.


The New Guy (2002)

What the heck is Jermaine Dupre doing here?"


Girls Can’t Swim (2001)

Each event in the girls' lives is presented with a cool, matter-of-fact openness rarely encountered in contemporary American cinema.


Enigma (2001)

There comes a point in 'Enigma' where Jeremy Northam shows up and you feel grateful.


Big Bad Love (2002)

Big Bad Love underlines Barlow's concerns about what it means to be a man.


Keller Williams: Laugh


Imperial Teen: On


Jerry Douglas: Lookout for Hope


Wilco


Soulive


Tanya Donelly


Beulah + Mazarin


Mother(s) for President(s)

That your Sex are Naturally Tyrannical is a Truth so thoroughly established as to admit of no dispute.


LoDeck: Bash It EP


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