Tuesday, May 28 2002
Friday, May 24 2002
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.
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?"
Thursday, May 23 2002
Director Shohei Imamura might be Japanese cinema's answer to Tom Waits.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is about preserving rugged individualism and protecting the homeland.
The most remarkable aspect of Lagaan is its triumphant righting of historical wrongs.
The sun doesn't go down in Insomnia.
J-Lo rocks combat boots.
They form a chilling glimpse into the indifference of the universe against which Giacometti worked.
Wednesday, May 22 2002
When a mosh pit is right-on, you experience one of the most energetic, crazed, communal forms of dancing ever invented.
With their stunning style and remarkable substance, these books are quickly becoming the maximum indulgence for any connoisseur of printed matter.
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 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.
The balanced appreciation of our appetites that has consumed Charles Bowden for over 25 years has become an increasingly demanding enterprise.
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
Wednesday, May 15 2002
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.
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'.
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 has long been but a pale reflection of the show it once was.
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.
Danny's story is part noiry nightmare, part scam saga, and part junkie-underground travelogue.
'About A Boy' is not 'The Hugh Show'. Thank goodness.
Tuesday, May 14 2002
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The book transcends the basic coming-out narrative by entering into a near fantasy world in which Newell never has to confront society.
Thursday, May 9 2002
Unfaithful examines the trouble men get into when women behave too passionately.
What the heck is Jermaine Dupre doing here?"
Each event in the girls' lives is presented with a cool, matter-of-fact openness rarely encountered in contemporary American cinema.
There comes a point in 'Enigma' where Jeremy Northam shows up and you feel grateful.
Big Bad Love underlines Barlow's concerns about what it means to be a man.
Wednesday, May 8 2002
That your Sex are Naturally Tyrannical is a Truth so thoroughly established as to admit of no dispute.