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Thursday, December 19 2013

The Passionate Objectivity of ‘Le joli mai’

The rare documentary that captures its subjects honestly while revealing the filmmakers' intentions with candor and humor, Le joli mai continues to charm and enlighten a half-century on.


Friday, September 13 2013

‘Salinger’ and the Hard Sell

The documentary Salinger does a decent job of filling in the blanks of the writer's already examined life. What it doesn't do is answer the most important question surrounding the scribe's life. Why?


Monday, June 3 2013

‘Doin’ It In the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC’: Trash Talk and Poetry

The film captures the sheer joy and the sincere commitment players bring to the battle, their mutual appreciation and their deep understanding of history.


Friday, April 12 2013

‘This Ain’t California’: Skateboarding, Filmmaking, and Finding Freedom

In Alexanderplatz, the skate punks find the perfect place to stretch out and fly, to resist and have fun, they find "corners, edges, and smooth surfaces everywhere: it was fantastic."


Sunday, August 5 2012

Standing at the Edge of a Cliff: China in Two Books

Like the scene in romantic movies where two lovers see each other from across a crowded room and begin running towards one another, culturally the US seems to be rushing towards China as fast as China is rushing towards the US.


Sunday, May 13 2012

Systemic and Subjective: The Violence of ‘The International’ and the Global Financial Order

The weapons deals in The International and the back-door negotiations between corporate lobbies and Congress are two sides of the same coin; both use overwhelming systemic violence to further their ends.


Thursday, November 3 2011

The Quest to Understand Tribe

This is supposed to be a documentary, not a fan letter. So how about some balance? It's big picture time when it comes to telling the story of hip-hop.


Wednesday, November 2 2011

Barbarians Against Barbarians: Henry Kissinger’s ‘On China’

The diplomat believes he’s a skillful player, he believes he’s in control; but the game is much bigger than he is, and defines what he can and cannot do.


‘Maxwell Street Blues’ Is a Toe-Tapping Time Capsule

Viewing Maxwell Street Blues paradoxically stirs simultaneous emotions of melancholy and elation. Much like what happens when singing the blues.


Sunday, October 2 2011

What’s the Word? With Obscure Language Like Music Speak, It’s Hard not to Feel Like a n00b

Music writers and IT guys have a lot in common – at least when it comes to their cultivated, insular jargon.


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Various Artists: eXpo (Reviews) [23.May.10]
Babies - Official Trailer (Video) (Mixed Media) [13.Apr.10]
Muse: Under Review (Reviews) [25.Mar.10]
P.K. 14 + Xiao He: 14.Nov.09 - Washington DC (Notes from the Road) [16.Nov.09]
Beijing Coma by Ma Jian (Reviews) [22.Oct.09]
After the Storm (Reviews) [8.Oct.09]
Uglier Than a Monkey’s Armpit (Re:Print) [7.Oct.09]
In Their Boots: Silent Partners (Reviews) [16.Jul.09]
Mamer: Eagle (Reviews) [24.Jun.09]
The Linguists (Reviews) [20.Apr.09]
China blocks YouTube videos (News) [25.Mar.09]
Death on a Factory Farm (Reviews) [16.Mar.09]
Guerrilla Patton (Columns) [8.Jan.09]
In Prison My Whole Life (Reviews) [8.Dec.08]
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