Tuesday, June 18 2002
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?
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.
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
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.
Saturday, June 15 2002
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.
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.
Thursday, June 13 2002
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.
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.
The Marquis de Sade, dedicated family man.
The main problem here is the script, or the lack thereof.
Truly, a genius on his way to being discovered lies within this sweet film.
An action movie dressed up like an art film, 'Black Hawk Down' is not about betrayal or anger, but heroism and patriotic fervor.
The CIA here is an intensely low-down, sinister, and duplicitous organization.
Wednesday, June 12 2002
Mainly the quartet makes the kind of music that you might expect fairies to make.
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?'
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.
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.
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.
During the voyage to adulthood, Chastity struggles to find success outside the shadow of her powerful parents.
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
PopMatters' own bring to the surface a dozen under-the-radar musicians who are sure to blow your mind 'and' your speakers.
Monday, June 10 2002
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.
Its merit lies primarily in heroine Kim Possible.
From its start, Enterprise admits its complicity in this history, admits that exploration is a form of colonization.
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
Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn work off each other. Emotional, psychic, spiritual -- they share rhythms that are difficult to pinpoint, fascinating to see.
Thursday, June 6 2002
Tart is another in a long line of unoriginal attempts to explore one girl's desire to fit in.
concerned with asserting the significance of art in a world that isn't interested in art.
Wednesday, June 5 2002
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.
. . . The previous government gave killers the golden handshake and the present government gave them amnesty . . .
The beatnik has beaten the highbrow, the rapper has rapped the thinker.
Auschwitz and Warsaw clashed with Jennin; the Battle of the Boyne was fought again; memory struggled with memory.
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.
It's a beautifully produced advertisement for the product it is marketing -- the company that produced it.
Clare Pollard's poems compulsively re-enact the reaching out to life and the withdrawing in pain.