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Friday, April 26 2013

Manning Up in ‘Pain & Gain’

The kidnappers are caught up in a mutual druggy, aspirational haze: when any one of them feels apprehensive, the nearest buddy encourages him to "get a pump", as they lose themselves in frenzy of bicep-curling and self-distraction.


Wednesday, May 25 2011

When Superheroes Die

The death of Randy Poffo, aka Macho Man Randy Savage, once again revealed the dark history of professional wrestling. A history replete with drug abuse, murder and suicide. In this essay a writer and fan explores the varied reactions to Savage's death; a death which created more questions than answers.


Wednesday, March 30 2011

Homophobia Is Alive and Well on TV at the WWE

With the WWE's biggest event of the year on the horizon, fans and sponsors might want to take a closer look at its blatant homophobia and reconsider the wisdom of handing over their money to a bigoted and retrograde institution.


Tuesday, October 25 2005

Doom (2005)

The marines' mission is one of those 'bug hunts' made spectacular and more or less requisite for these sorts of movies by James Cameron's Aliens.


Friday, March 4 2005

Be Cool (2005)

Utterly out of place, the Rock is the most convincing character in sight.


Monday, November 1 2004

Walking Tall (2004)

Kevin Bray sees his Walking Tall as a series of fight sequences, a simplification that leaves it open to interpretation as a barometer of our political climate.


Wednesday, September 29 2004

Walking Tall (2004)

As the Rock puts it, 'If you wanna sit back and relax, and crack open a cold one, you sit back and relax. We're gonna be entertained.'"


Thursday, April 1 2004

Walking Tall (2004)

Charming and correct, a savvy media star and self-incorporating product, The Rock embodies our own cynical moment, when the show is what matters.


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