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March 2008

‘Taylor’ More Hit or Miss than Hilarious

Is it fair to judge a comedy as a failure if it doesn’t make you laugh? That’s not really a rhetorical question. Indeed,


Sanctified: In Defense of Tyler Perry

Don’t worry if you don’t “get” Tyler Perry. You’re probably not his intended audience, anyway. As a playwright, he strives to understand


Kurt Cobain About a Son

There has always been something accidental about Kurt Cobain’s legacy. His remains a myth forged out of an undeniable gift, cultural happenstance, and a “


South Park: Imaginationland

South Park has always been a show about contrasts. On the one hand, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have loved to wallow in the


Sins and Sensibility: Atonement (2007)

It’s said that confession is good for the soul. Of course, this assumes one has a conscience worth redeeming. It’s clear that not


The Dragon Painter

The aesthetic life of an artist has long been a cinematic source for stirring characterization. The connection between the gifted and the disturbed, the obsessive


13: Game of Death

What would you do for unconscionable wealth? How desperate would you have to be, financially, to face your past and all the humiliations and pain


Funny How?

In many ways, Funny Games is arthouse for the aesthetically stunted, a 2008 too cool for school signpost to unwarranted hipster status.


The Beginners Guide to Exploitation: The Shame of Patty Smith/ “You’ve Ruined Me Eddie!”

Ah, abortion: the solid center to any motion picture entertainment, right? Why so many of today’s movies have shied away from this normal, non-hot-button


Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 10.2 (The Upgrade)

Blame it all on Godzilla. Or better yet, blame it on Toho Studios, Sandy Frank, and any other individual or entity that has a say


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