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Tuesday, July 15 2014

Do What You Want: OK Go and the New Landscape of Artistic Integrity

I wrote a piece wondering why OK Go's videos were so good but their songs seemed to be lacking. It generated a lot of great responses -- and then OK Go's Damian Kulash decided to give me a ring.


Mysterious Aliens and Inscrutable Humans: ‘Under The Skin’

The simple yet transformative hat-trick of Under the Skin is that it is the humans who are alien.


Monday, July 14 2014

Revisiting ‘Garden State’ 10 Years Later

Despite the film’s hipster soundtrack and depiction of twenty-something malaise, it ultimately embraces the human spirit and all of the sentimentality that goes with it.


‘All These Characters Are Me in Different Ways’: An Interview with Director Ritesh Batra

"So it all came from a point of view of nostalgia, of how India used to be when I still lived there," says Ritesh Batra of his film, The Lunchbox.


Magnus Hirschfeld and the Struggle for Transformation, Not Tolerance

Sexual rights in America remain both provisional and cynical; we know everyone should have them, but we are beholden to cowardly, outmoded, theocratic institutions that are fearful of egalitarianism.


Friday, July 11 2014

Reality TV’s Enduring Racism (and Other Proclivities)

Sometimes, reality TV lives up to its name and casts "by the numbers". Most of the time, however, it casts according to race and sexual orientation.


Singing the Low-Down, Down-Low Blues

Women in jazz can sing about their same-sex experiences, while men tend to stay deeply in the closet. Odd, considering the genre once embraced such dalliances.


‘Southern Comfort’ Is Populated By Tropes

Walter Hill's talkiest action film boasts one of his best stories, but isn't the forgotten classic one might hope for.


Thursday, July 10 2014

‘Ruthless’ Is About Men and Ways of Life

Ruthless reveals a message about capitalism that, if ubiquitous, rings true.


The Many Faces of Female Friendship in ‘Orange Is the New Black’

Because female relationships are rarely depicted well on television, Orange Is the New Black stands out from the norm.


‘Ramrod’ Is a Western of Doubles (Short Ends and Leader) [9.Jul.14]
‘Operation Petticoat’ Is Too Tightly Buttoned (Short Ends and Leader) [9.Jul.14]
Jumping Off the Bay-Wagon (Short Ends and Leader) [7.Jul.14]
No Big Day Out for Australia Next Year (Sound Affects) [26.Jun.14]
Eliza Shaddad - “Waters” (video) (Mixed Media) [26.Jun.14]
2014 Fall TV Preview: Mondays (Channel Surfing) [25.Jun.14]
Dr. McMurtrie and the Gay Kiss (Columns) [25.Jun.14]
Does Fan Service Ruin Television? (Features) [17.Jun.14]
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