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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, June 18 2002

I Muvrini: self-titled


When Does Reality TV Become Child Abuse?

Why would anyone, let alone TV producers, construct an environment that might result in hunger, where youngsters have to go to bed with empty stomachs?


Trading Spaces

The dynamic concept intrigued me from the start, but if the participants and crew weren't enjoying themselves, well, it would be like watching Martha Stewart.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer

As to the rejection of my understanding of the connection between lesbianism and witchcraft on 'Buffy', I have never said that BVS's creator or writers made a conscious (and consciously homophobic) decision to directly cast lesbianism as social pathology and physical addiction.


Monday, June 17 2002

The No-No’s: Let Your Shadow Out


Steve Earle: Sidetracks

Sidetracks is Earle’s collection of what he calls “stray songs”, songs that never made it to albums, or which can only be found on obscure compilations, soundtracks, or import editions of his albums.


The Commodores: Live!


Saturday, June 15 2002

Eminem: The Eminem Show

Since Eminem has worked overtime to stir up trouble, all this attention isn't surprising. But it can also be depressing: for the most part, responses to Eminem are all about containing a perceived threat, making Eminem ordinary.


Johnny Cash: Ride This Train

From the moment he took his first Benzedrine tablet in 1957 until his attempted suicide in Nickajack Cave 10 years later, Johnny Cash's musical output was more fertile and prolific than at any other period in his career.


Eminem: The Eminem Show

In a nutshell, the major problem with The Eminem Show is that its content, which relies heavily on shock value, does not shock us anymore.


Windtalkers (2002)

Though it might be argued that Nicolas Cage roaring and contorting in slow motion makes for good action cinema, it's hardly the basis for a thoughtful interrogation of how war works, how it shatters (or otherwise forever changes) participants, and reinforces systemic racism.


Sade (2000)

The Marquis de Sade, dedicated family man.


Scooby Doo (2002)

The main problem here is the script, or the lack thereof.


The Steamroller and the Violin (1960/2002)

Truly, a genius on his way to being discovered lies within this sweet film.


Black Hawk Down (2001)

An action movie dressed up like an art film, 'Black Hawk Down' is not about betrayal or anger, but heroism and patriotic fervor.


The Bourne Identity (2002)

The CIA here is an intensely low-down, sinister, and duplicitous organization.


Traffic: Welcome to the Canteen


Múm: Finally We Are No One

Mainly the quartet makes the kind of music that you might expect fairies to make.


DJ Shadow: The Private Press


Pete Yorn


Pinback


Meshell Ndegéocello


Mates of State


Luna + Sonic Boom


W.C. Handy Awards


Flavoured Underwear Not Found Here

For you see, if the Prime Minister were caught giving his aid a DVD player that he had purchased with taxpayer funds, the episode would have ended with the Prime Minister being chased down a hallway by a camera crew and a journalist screaming out, 'Is this what our taxes are for?'


Pop Goes the Palace but Pistols Remain in Exil

The chances of Osbourne biting the head off a live corgi -- the toy dog that has been the hearthside symbol of the latterday Windsors -- were maybe remote, but it is worth remembering that other members of the invited bill have not always toed the line themselves.


Preserving the Pascagoula by Donald G. Schueler

Our present crop of undergraduate students seem convinced that nature is nothing more than that unpleasant experience between the air-conditioned dorm and the air-conditioned car.


Filthy: The Weird World of John Waters by Robrt L. Pela

The man who built a career and a legend on the gleeful gross-out, the subversion of suburbia, and the celebration of the unthinkably perverse turned out to be, above all, a classy guy.


The End of Innocence by Chastity Bono with Michele Kort

During the voyage to adulthood, Chastity struggles to find success outside the shadow of her powerful parents.


Alice Guy Blaché: Lost Visionary of the Cinema by Alison McMahan

As the Lumieres and Melies were developing the cinematic art, a woman by the name of Alice Guy Blaché arrived on the scene and established herself as the first woman filmmaker.


Tuesday, June 11 2002

36 Crazyfists: Bitterness the Star


The National Trust: Dekkagar


Nas: Stillmatic


Van Morrison: Down the Road


Elf Power: Creatures


This Is It

PopMatters' own bring to the surface a dozen under-the-radar musicians who are sure to blow your mind 'and' your speakers.


SpinacHoney: Chosen


Path to War

It attempts to rehabilitate Johnson (Michael Gambon) as a President whose considerable political and social policy achievements have been forever overshadowed by his escalation of the Vietnam War.


Kim Possible

Its merit lies primarily in heroine Kim Possible.


Enterprise

From its start, Enterprise admits its complicity in this history, admits that exploration is a form of colonization.


Dexter’s Laboratory

PULL


Buffy the Vampire Slayer

To think of Willow and Tara only in terms of their lesbianism is to do a disservice to lovers who were fully realized, regardless of their gender or orientation.


Friday, June 7 2002

Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner: An Interview with Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn

Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn work off each other. Emotional, psychic, spiritual -- they share rhythms that are difficult to pinpoint, fascinating to see.


Lauryn Hill: MTV Unplugged 2.0


Tart (2001)

Tart is another in a long line of unoriginal attempts to explore one girl's desire to fit in.


Keep Your Right Up! (Soigne Ta Droite!) (1987/2002)

concerned with asserting the significance of art in a world that isn't interested in art.


Wednesday, June 5 2002

Portishead: Roseland New York


Mason Jennings: Century Spring


Gossip: Arkansas Heat

Now those of you who haven’t yet caught their greasy magic should immediately skip down to the local record dealer and pull out their big 10-inch record, Arkansas Heat, a quick and noisy platter about Arkansas, love, and revolution.


Zwan


Sloan + Pete Yorn


Pretty Girls Make Graves


Pedro the Lion


Medeski, Martin & Wood


Ladytron


Still Standing: The Sharpeville Six

. . . The previous government gave killers the golden handshake and the present government gave them amnesty . . .


The Thinker and the Rapper: Shusterman on Popular Culture

The beatnik has beaten the highbrow, the rapper has rapped the thinker.


The Complexity of Memory: Warsaw 1940-1991

Auschwitz and Warsaw clashed with Jennin; the Battle of the Boyne was fought again; memory struggled with memory.


Temporary Spaces by Martin Eberle

There is a sense of profound loss in the comments made by the club patrons, of affection for one temporary space now discarded for another.


Ordnung & Eccentricity by Thomas Manss

It's a beautifully produced advertisement for the product it is marketing -- the company that produced it.


The Heavy-Petting Zoo by Clare Pollard

Clare Pollard's poems compulsively re-enact the reaching out to life and the withdrawing in pain.


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