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Wednesday, January 9 2013

Movie Time Travel and the New Nostalgia

The new nostalgia signals the ultimate rejection of millennial anxiety, postmodernism, irony and the future. It longs for a post-industrial, green world. Of course, that suggests a vague and painful longing for something that never was.


Thursday, November 8 2012

Hurricane Sandy: The Perfect Storm in Every Way

Hurricane Sandy was not just a freak natural occurrence -- it became the 'perfect storm' for cultural events such as conspiracy theories, religious intolerance, scientific accountability, and the sharing of (mis)information through social media.


Tuesday, September 13 2011

The Undiluted Promise of Comics as Vanguard for 21st Century Media

Sometimes, rarely, a work is so good (so well-conceived, so well-executed) that it simply breaks our traditional expectations of comics literature. And this breaking allows us to glimpse the true, rare promise of what the industry can achieve. Davids Lapham and Aja's Wolverine: Debt of Death is this work.


Wednesday, August 10 2011

Making Robots Human

From childcare provider to chef, roboticists have big plans for their human-like machines, which raises the question: How human is too human?


Thursday, July 28 2011

Robot Dreams: ‘Transformers’ and ‘Sex Kittens Go to College’

Retro Remote nominates Sex Kittens Go to College as Transformers' true precursor. The problem with Tranformers-type franchises is that the criticisms can only annoy people by reminding them of what they have chosen to ignore.


Thursday, July 7 2011

Top 10 Coolest Robots from Film & TV

In honor of Transformers: Dark of the Moon's release this past weekend, we tip our hats to all the amazing robots and robettes who've entertained us through the years.


Wednesday, May 12 2010

Paranoid Android: Is Music the Opiate of the iPod-Owning Masses?

Wherein our curmudgeonly record shop owner realizes that his store with its bins full of vinyl was his own personal iPod long before the iPod was ever invented.


Monday, March 15 2010

Solar by Ian McEwan

Michael Beard is a glaringly repellent creation, a somewhat-deserving winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, and a definitively deserving winner of some sort of uber-Nobel Prize in whoring, lying, stealing, face-stuffing, and sneaking around.


Wednesday, January 27 2010

Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Phil Ochs: Amchitka

Poignant, and relevant, Amchitka reminds us of a romanticized era when idealism was still able to give way to revolution.


Thursday, December 17 2009

Blue World: James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’

Cameron's evocations of everything from Blackwater's Iraq massacres to the Trail of Tears gives his story an uncommon resonance. This is a whole new kind of science fiction filmmaking, something particularly grandly spectacular, even if occasionally daft and overblown.


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